Have you ever had that boss that wanted you to be on the grind every day? The work never ended and you went home exhausted every day. Maybe you considered quitting because it was just too much. Well, look at your management style today. What kind of boss do you consider yourself? Are you the workaholic boss or do think of yourself as an inspirational leader? If you lean towards the latter, you might consider the following tips for motivating your employees and keeping them happy at work.
Break Up the Monotony
Don’t allow your employees to get bored. This statement has a two-fold meaning. First, you should ensure that your employees aren’t just doing the same work day in and day out. Chances are that they will get tired of it and quality will go down at some point. Instead, give their workflow some diversity and have a variety of tasks for them to complete throughout the day or week. Secondly, you can let your employees have fun, too. Let them take breaks, play games, or have themed parties. Don’t let your office environment be a constant stream of “Work. Work. Work.” If your employees work hard for you, you should allow them to play hard some of the time in return.
Create a Rewards System
Let your employees know that they are providing value to the company. You hear about sales teams earning commission and bonuses, so consider giving bonuses and gifts to your employees when you know they’ve gone the extra mile. Make sure they know that you recognize the work they’re putting in. Gifts and bonuses shouldn’t be a sole motivating factor for your employees, so you don’t need to hand them out like candy. Nor do they need to be huge ordeals. A gift card or movie passes could do the trick. But, seeing someone else receive recognition can be an excellent motivator for another employee who might not be bringing as much as they can to the table.
Evaluate and Communicate
You should always be evaluating your employees and the work they do.
You do not need to micromanage them, but you should monitor their tasks regularly. In addition to that, you need to communicate their progress to them. Hold meetings with them to discuss your evaluation of their previous work and how they can improve going forward. Set expectations and ensure that you and your employees are always on the same page. It’s much easier to bring up an issue when you’ve been reviewing their project with them over time. Having regular communication with your employees about their work shows them that you’re both invested and actively involved in the workflow of the company. This also helps because your employees will feel that you actually care about the work they’re doing every day, which will hopefully inspire them to care more about it as well.
Naturally, every boss has a different management style that works best for them. If you’re struggling to motivate your employees or if you know that they aren’t living up to their potential, try out some of these techniques. At the end of the day, you should want your employees to enjoy coming into work. Do what you can to make sure that they are happy to be working for you.
Elizabeth Macke is a digital marketing intern at Catapult Creative Media. She is a master’s student in the college of mass communication at LSU. She enjoys cooking, reading, watching television, and obsessing over Beyoncé.
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