How to motivate employees – address these 5 issues
On 25 February the UK will celebrate National Employee Motivation Day, aimed at inspiring passion and appreciation for employees. With this day around the corner you are likely taking a closer look at the moods and general wellbeing of your employees.
Employee Motivation Day is a great occasion to figure out how to motivate employees. But before choosing initiatives you hope will boost your company morale, it is helpful to understand what the main causes of employee demotivation are.
Once you know this it will be much easier to decide how to motivate employees. We’ve consulted some experts and put together a list of five of the top causes of employee demotivation, and how you can address them.
According to recruitment company Michael Page, if someone feels overburdened by a large, impossible workload – they can soon become disillusioned, stressed and lose motivation. For this reason, it’s important to keep a check on the expectations and demands that are being placed upon your employees.
To ensure employees know what they need to work on immediately (and what could perhaps wait a while) you should prioritise the tasks set within each team. It also helps to prioritise your projects, so that the most important or time-sensitive projects are completed first.
Furthermore, you should also encourage your workers to speak up if they are feeling overwhelmed. If your employees are stressed but you’re not aware of this, there’s not much you can do. However, if you know when they’re struggling you can help them resolve the issue before it becomes a serious problem that negatively affects their motivation.
Miscommunication or a lack of communication can be detrimental to a company’s employee morale.
For example, if management regularly withholds information, or provides it only on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, employees are likely to feel mistrusted, says e-learning company CommLab India. When this happens, workers will soon start to feel demotivated as well.
To avoid this, you should share all available information on a project with your employees. If for confidentiality reasons you are unable to share certain details you should tell them this, to avoid a feeling of mistrust.
As mentioned above, feeling trusted by management is truly key to employee motivation, so when trying to find out how to motivate employees, this is a point you cannot miss.
In addition to withheld information, micromanagement is one of the main causes of employees not feeling trusted. If you control every portion of you workers’ days and don’t allow them to use their own initiative, it is likely that they won’t be 100% happy at work.
As this article on Forbes.com notes, “micromanagers may have good intentions – trying to get work done well – but they drive us crazy. Micromanagement saps the life out of us, causing apathy at work.”
The article goes further to quote HBR blog contributor Christina Bielaszka-DuVernay who said, “a consistent pattern of micromanagement tells an employee you don’t trust his work or his judgment, it is a major factor in triggering disengagement.”
If you want your employees to stay motivated and happy you should give them the freedom they need to do their jobs. Chances are, if left to use their own initiative your workers will come up with great innovative ways to do their daily tasks, that might even increase your company’s productivity.
Lack of training and support
If employees are unsure of what is expected of them, they will likely not do a very good job. This will make them feel demotivated, this article on facilities.net notes.
Despite this, some employers expect their workers to be efficient without properly explaining to them what their targets are, and without giving them the training and support they need to do their jobs.
Training may be expensive but it always worth it. Make sure you put in the time and effort to enable your employees to do a good job, and you’ll be rewarded not only by increased productivity but also by having highly motivated employees.
Dissatisfactory working environment
An employee’s working environment has a direct impact on their productivity and motivation, according to this article published in the International Journal of Enterprise Computing and Business Systems.
The article states that dissatisfactory working environments, caused by things like poorly designed workstations, unsuitable furniture, lack of ventilation, inappropriate lighting, excessive noise and lack of personal protective equipment will cause workers to perform poorly and be generally unhappy.
It’s quite simple – if you want to get the most out of your employees, you need to provide them with a comfortable, clean working environment.
Providing clean air for your employees to breathe is one of the most important basic needs you need to meet to keep your workers motivated.
Zehnder Clean Air Solutions can help you achieve this by filtering pollutants out of the air in your facility. Our technology filters dust from the air before it settles anywhere in your facility or reaches your workers.
Follow these tips and your company won’t suffer from employee demotivation. Now that you know how to motivate employees all that’s left for you to do is implement the necessary processes in your business, and reap the rewards.