Motivating employees is key to maintaining a happy, productive and loyal workforce. Motivating employees doesn't have to be complicated. Keep it simple and effective with these 3 steps.
- Keep Eyes on the Prize: Contributing to something bigger than one's self is a great way to stay motivated. Talk to employees about the impact that their work has on greater organizational goals.
- Pay Attention to What Excites Them: Pay attention to both individual interests and what motivates your group. Whether it’s monthly professional development, or breakfast every other Friday, taking notice of what employees are appreciative of will help effectively motivate both individuals and the group.
- Use Positive Reinforcement: Whether it is public acknowledgement at a staff meeting or a small gift card to retailers like Whole Foods, Boston Market or The Cheesecake Factory, rewarding employees for exceptional behavior will help drive repeat behavior.