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Tags – How To Maintain Employee Motivation

So you’ve gone through the most challenging part, which is hiring a great team. The next tricky bit is how do you keep your staff motivated, retain talent and succeed for the long run?

Not only is how you make your staff feel is crucial in their journey with you, but is also critical for business objectives. 

Consequently, failure to motivate employees can leave your business feeling chaotic and jeopardize future growth. 

These are five ways we have found to keep up motivation levels in employees.

1. Set Clear Objectives

Goal setting and motivation are linked very closely to each other.

For any manager, setting clear goals and SMART targets (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound), is a key responsibility.

Not to mention, SMART targets are an effective way to render clarity and focus to achieve specific objectives.

As a result, they help to motivate employees as they are proven to energize behaviour, guide direction, provide challenges, enhance initiative and create new methods of performing. 

2. Hold Regular Meetings

Regular meetings with your employees, whether they’re with a whole team or individual, will promote motivation in the workplace. 

In addition, meetings will give your employees the opportunity to express themselves as well as give managers a chance to really understand them as people. 

With this in mind, do not be afraid to ask employees what their concerns are and offer solutions to their problems. This gives employees proof that the business cares about their opinions and is working to correct them. 

3. Be Approachable 

It’s important for managers to be approachable, fair and respectful. 

This comes from everything a manager does, from physical appearance to what they say – it matters.

Remember, managers set an example. And, great examples lead to empowered and motivated employees.

Moreover, approachable managers must understand their employees strengths and weaknesses. From regular meetings you can begin to understand your team and personalise your approach according to each need.

4. Celebrate Success

Celebrating success at work can help to build momentum and improve team morale.

Whether these are big or small wins, celebration can make employees feel valued and create a strong work culture. 

And, failure to recognise success, can result in employees leaving their roles due to feeling underappreciated.

In other words, we are not saying to hold weekly parties with balloons and cake. But, recognise hard work and give credit where credit is due.

For example, for new employees, point out their first little success by simply saying “Great job! You did the task exactly right.” This will give them encouragement and motivation to keep going. 

5. Good Succession Planning

Succession planning is a business’ insurance policy for sustainability.

The plan aims to develop skills of employees who can become potential leaders.

For instance, do you know how you would deal with a valuable employee leaving the business?  

Succession planning will ensure that each key role can be passed on to an appropriate employee when necessary. 

Given that, by developing a strategy to identify future leaders will help your business to prepare for  all contingencies and advancement.

As a result, employees are left feeling motivated as they can see a clear direction of career development and skill enhancement. 

All things considered, it’s clear employee motivation is essential for any business’ success. Without this, your business will experience lower levels of productivity and fail to reach important goals.

Keep employees’ drive and energy high and you will reap the rewards.

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