Let’s face it – everyone needs a little motivation from time to time. We all have those moments where we wish we could “play hookie” and not go to work. Even if you absolutely love your job, it can still be easy to get burnt out on going through the same daily routine. So what can you do to motivate your employees? As a business owner, you should constantly be coming up with creative, new ideas to inspire your team.
Here are five tips and tricks to help motivate your employees to unleash their full potential:
Set the example
Your employees look to you for guidance and inspiration, so if you’re not inspired and driven, your employees will mirror that attitude. Remember that you alone serve as a role model, and it’s important that you always keep that passion alive. It will spread like wildfire throughout the office.
Harness their talents
Each of your employees has different interests, hobbies and areas of expertise. As a business owner, it’s important that you allow your employees to harness and hone in on these interests and skills when possible. This will give your employees the freedom to be completely passionate and prideful about their work. They’ll get to personally invest themselves in the work, which will ultimately motivate them to work even harder.
In the midst of a busy day, it’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed by the amount of work you have to complete. We know the stress can pile up, but it’s important that your employees never forget about the end result. Check in with your team from time to time to see how they are doing. Are they too stressed out? Are they overworked? Are they not meeting deadlines? Maintaining communication with your employees is a great way to ensure that they are motivated and focused. Review the goals of the company and remind them why they chose to work for you in the first place.
Set personalized goals
When hiring employees, you may know what you want out of them, but do you know what they want out of you? It’s important to communicate with your team and ask them what they want out of their experience. Stress the importance of setting personalized goals or work plans that will allow the both of you to have the best experience. You want your company and employees to grow simultaneously, so allow for it to do so.
Build personal and group relationships
Regardless of the size of your business, it’s important to stress team building and relationships. Whether it’s a simple “Hey, how are you?” or a 15-minute conversation about the weekend’s events, talk to your employees. Building a relationship will allow them to feel comfortable talking to you whenever an issue or concern arises. Try allocating one day per month or quarter to bond as a team. Even the smallest act, such as catering lunch once per week, can go a long way for your employees. Whether you’re participating in a local community food drive or planning a company outing, team building is always a sure-fire way to boost company morale.
Here at Far West Capital, we pride ourselves in helping our employees unleash their full potential. We are passionate about our field and want to ensure that our employees are also keeping that same passion alive.
How do you inspire your employees?