As a small business, you may not have the budget to offer high salary packages and employment benefits. Even though you might not be able to provide monetary rewards as motivation, there are other steps you can take to motivate your employees. Here are 4 of them.
1. Open your door
Employees love to feel wanted and valued in their opinions. Having an unapproachable boss is highly likely to cause employee motivation to deteriorate. When communication channels are not kept open, misunderstandings and resentment are more likely. It can be rather difficult for people to be motivated to stay and dedicate themselves to the company when they harbor negative feelings unresolved.
2. Give your staff a nice place to work
Your employees likely spend the majority of their waking hours in office. A nicely decorated, beautiful office environment will go a long way into keeping your staff happy. Providing basic essentials such as a mini pantry and a coffee machine will also help your employees to feel more comfortable and at home. By providing your staff with a beautiful, well-equipped space they feel happy in, they’ll be more enthusiastic and motivated to spend time in the office.
3. Walk the talk
Nobody wants to follow a hypocrite. Whatever corporate culture you may be trying to build among your staff, make sure that you personally adhere to that as well. Your team is more likely to support you and stand behind you if they believe in you as a person.
4. Let everyone be the leader
Nobody likes to be told what to do all the time. All of us want to feel valuable to the organization that we are associated with. Every member of your team has ideas on how to grow your business. Listen to them, let them be heard. Even better, let them run with their ideas and take the lead on their own projects. In doing so, they’ll have much more ownership of their work – and you’ll get a team who really want to make your business successful.
Having a motivated team will not only help you grow your business much more effectively, it’ll also make working much more enjoyable for everyone involved. The last thing you want to do is for employees to hold grudges and poison the entire company from within. Give the above methods a try and keep your employees motivated.