We all know that good paying jobs are hard to get. Likewise, a hardworking employee is hard to find. Whichever one you are lucky to have, try as much as possible to keep it. Employees are key players in the successful running of an organization. No matter how mechanized you get, the human factor will always be there. Make sure you are able to keep the hardworking employees you get through motivation.
Keep your work force happy and driven to succeed.
Employee motivation is more than a higher paycheck, although it is part of it. There are several simple ways you can keep your employees happy and productive. As you read this article, you will learn more.
• Empower your employees
The first thing you should do when you employ someone is to recognize the inherent strengths in that individual. Allow your employees to use their abilities by giving them room to apply them. If there is a skill needed to do better, give them the opportunity to learn and master it.
• Listen to their ideas
Don’t be an autocratic leader. Allow your employees to express their views on issues and to air their ideas on new projects. You may be surprised on what you can gain from this.
• Celebrate their achievements
For every achievement your employees gets, take a little time to celebrate it. This will encourage them to try harder for other tasks.
• Develop a reward system
When an employee accomplishes a set milestone, try as much as possible to reward him for work well done.
• Employee training and development
Training your employees motivates them more than you can imagine. It clearly shows that the organization cares for them and as a result, they will take their jobs very seriously going forward. Also, if you train your employees, their productivity will increase leading to organizational growth.
• Lead by example
Be a doer yourself and watch your employees try to do better than you. Nobody will respect a leader who says one thing and does another thing. Make sure you uphold the values of your organization personally so that the employees will be encouraged to do the same.
• Avoid favoritism
Don’t differentiate between your employees. Even though there are few employees who are more loyal, try not to show it openly because it will make others feel unimportant or rejected. Try hard to regard every employee the same and also encourage them equally while you are at it.
• Develop good human relationships
Show concern to your employees. Take a little time to find out what ails them. Try to offer your own suggestions on how to handle their issues. Attend their events if they invite you and give them support when they need it.