Any CEO knows that inspired employees are motivated employees. Those are the employees who will continue to work happy, hard, and be highly productive. So how exactly do you inspire your employees? Here are some great examples of how to keep your employees and your company successful.
Be the good example. Remember, attitudes are contagious. A positive atmosphere can help employees take more pride in what they do and deliver. This will result in better quality work and fewer mistakes which improves their overall output as well as productivity.
Team work makes the dream work. Good relationships among employees help them to build effective teams where all the members are united and work for a common goal. Communication is also key to building a team. It’s important to listen to your employees suggestions and opinions. Employees are more motivated when they feel heard, needed, appreciated, and valued.
Help your employees continue to grow and learn. It’s very important for workers to keep learning new skills on the job. With people changing jobs more often than they used to and companies no longer promising long-term employment, younger workers in particular realize that continuing to learn is the best way to stay employable. Employees today are really under pressure to keep adding knowledge. Scheduled time for online research, organized classes, and seminars are several ways to help with this, as are tuition-reimbursement programs. But in many cases, it’s a matter of listening to what skills a worker is interested in acquiring, then giving the person a chance to work on a project that will develop those skills.
Failure is expected. When employees aren’t afraid to take risks, their creativity will soar. It is critical for them to understand that mistakes can and will happen to all of us and that it is important to learn from them. Even encouraging everyone to share their mistakes with others at certain times such as weekly meetings may help them feel less self-conscious about it while helping others to learn how to avoid making the same mistake. If this is kept as a fun exercise for everyone to share this could definitely be a good way for future problem solving as well as a good morale booster. When we fail is when we learn the most.
Don’t micromanage. This can actually be a huge source of stress for many employees. No one enjoys the pressure of having someone constantly looking over their shoulder and second-guessing their efforts. It is important to provide your employees with clear goals and then let them figure out the best way to achieve them.
Pay your people what they are worth. If you’ve ever visited any of the job-search websites, you have certainly encountered employees’ negative reviews of their former employers. Usually #1 on the list of negative feedback is that the pay was not up to industry standards. When setting your employees’ salaries, be sure that their pay is consistent with what other companies in your industry and geographic area are paying. 26% of engaged employees say that they would leave their current job for as little as a 5% increase in pay. Don’t lose great people because you’re underpaying them.
Encourage stress management. Stress has a detrimental effect on the health of employees and can have a huge impact on morale and productivity. Our current multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making employees unhappy. Multitasking actually doubles the amount of time it takes to do a task and usually has double the mistakes. Managers can encourage “monotasking” by helping employees set clear, one-at-a-time priorities with defining milestones that don’t overlap. It is also important to allow employees time to disconnect outside of work and even encourage some self-reflection time or time with family without worrying about being penalized.
Be kind. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind, and the benefits are great. Empathy and compassion can significantly improve employee performance, engagement, and profitability. They are good for people and good for business.