Posted by: Roni Deutch Staff | April 1, 2009

Top 10 Tips to Keep your Employees Motivated

When you are running a business, it can often be difficult to focus on those around you as much as you should. However, it is important to remember that running your business would be a lot harder without your dedicated team. In today’s economy, it is especially important to make sure your staff feels appreciated and motivated. To help those of you struggling to inspire your team, we have put together the following top 10 list of ways to keep your employees motivated.

1. Constructive criticism

Every now and them you will need to tell an employee that they did something wrong, and it is important to do so tactfully. Criticizing an employee and leaving it at that will make them feel discouraged. We suggest always trying to use the “one good, one bad” formula, where you give your employee a compliment before the criticism. This way your employee will feel like they are receiving constructive criticism instead of feeling like they are being attacked.

2. Employee appreciation

Every now and then it is a good idea to do something nice to show appreciation for your team by throwing a party or social event outside of the office. Your crew will feel great to know you were thinking of them, and they will be even more impressed that you went to the effort of throwing a party to show your appreciation.

3. Give yourself a review

It is very difficult for some business owners to receive criticism. However, with employees, you must remember that you do not run your business alone. Thus, it is important to give your staff a voice. Every few months it’s a good idea to hand out a “supervisor review” to your team, and let them tell you what they think your business and your management skills.

4. Company charity day

Team-building seminars and events help your staff bond and learn to work together in different situations. One way to do so is by organizing a community service day for you and your staff, as a paid day of work. Whether you plant trees or run a marathon, it will make your team see your human side, and your fun side.

5. Well-deserved promotions

You do not need to give a raise or promote an employee every time he or she does something great. However, when they do go above and beyond to get a job done, it is important to show that you noticed and appreciate their hard work.

6. Company lunches

Take your team out – or order in – for lunch every now and then. You can use the opportunity to throw an impromptu lunch meeting where you can get feedback and ideas from your employees in an informal setting.

7. Make employees feel needed

Be sure to tell your employees that you appreciate and need their work. It is always easier for some one to put effort into completing a task when they feel needed. If an employee feels their job is not achieving anything then they will likely be much less motivated.

8. Leave your door open

Implementing an open door policy means that any of your employees are free to express any questions or concerns on anything job-related at any time. Doing this will not only build trust with your employees, but will also prevent drama from entering the workplace, by allowing you to put an end to problems before they begin.

9. Let them contribute

Allowing staff members to run ideas by you and contribute their creative thoughts will make them feel more invested in the company. Even if you do not take their advice, always lend an ear when and employee has an idea. However, if you do not use their idea, then you will want to make sure they understand why.

10. Keeping them involved…

At the beginning of every year, it is a good idea to outline some of your goals for the company and share them with your team. Keeping employees aware of your goals will help them realize that they are working towards something, and feel more involved in the company’s growth.

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