Successories can help you to motivate the work place, but there is so much more to motivating employees. Here are some insights from a great article we found from a hiring company based in the UK.
What are the big motivation factors for employees?
It’s relatively easy and cheap to solve most retention problems. Most workers really don’t leave for money but managers like to hear it’s the money, because that shifts the blame for losing employees away from themselves and onto other parts of the organisation.
Employees too often say they left for financial reasons in exit interviews to preserve their positive references and because they see little chance that telling the truth will result in any changes.
If you look at the real causes of turnover, through delayed exit interviews and comparing the difference between an exiting employee’s current and offered salaries, you’ll find that managers have control over the majority of the reasons people leave their jobs.
The big motivators
- Communication – Honest, frequent two-way communication between workers and managers, including constructive discussion of workplace issues.
- Challenging and exciting work – Ensure every employee has a challenge plan and is periodically asked to rate the degree of job excitement.
- Opportunities – Reward managers for developing their employees and make sure that employees are held accountable for following through on their individual learning plans.
- Recognition and reward for performance – Make it clear what the incentives are and reward fairly across all departments so employees see the benefits of effort.
- Control over the job – You’ve employed your staff to do a job, so let them do it. Trust people to be able to shape the way they work and the projects they get involved in.
- Business Impact – Provide employees with periodic reports on the effect their projects are having on the business so they know their work makes a difference.
Looking to lift the spirits in your office? Take a look at some ideas for Attitude themed workplace motivation here ».