How Do You Motivate Your Employees?

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This is neither an employee motivation survey nor a call-to-action title question. This is a serious question directed to you as a leader, business owner, company CEO, or management executive. Seriously, how do you motivate your employees? Do you give them perks or rewards whenever they hit a goal? Do you increase their salaries or bonuses whenever they perform beyond your expectations? Do you casually talk and listen to them about their life and work experiences?

We’ve been hearing leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and critically-acclaimed authors sharing their “motivational” or “inspirational” message to employees. While those motivational videos, inspirational speeches, quotable quotes and hilarious pick-up lines are convincing in a way, question is, do they really sink into hearts and minds of the employees?

It’s about time that you motivate your employees on a higher scale. Amidst the stressful and dynamic business world, here are the four innovative ways on how to motivate your employees – for real.

1. Encourage them with Incentive Compensation Programs.

Let’s face it. Money is a great motivational tool not just to employees but also to all types of workers in the face of this planet. When you hire employees, it takes money to get them to work and do their best for the company prosper. Whatever angle you want to look at it, motivation at work involves “money” because it earns the optimum participation of your people. It’s irrefutable that over the years, many large companies implemented incentive compensation programs because they know it can retain their best employees. By improving your incentive compensation programs, geared at achieving great value for both people and company, you can boost your employees’ passion and love for work. That’s real motivation.

2. Improve your reward and recognition system.

Whether your company is up for a Christmas Party, Annual Family Day or Employee Recognition Day, it’s the perfect time of the year to call on stage those employees who performed well while inspire with talks those who needs to improve more on their jobs. Give them rewards that compliment their performance. Be it a plaque, token, cash or trip to Hawaii, reward is a huge motivational factor to employees. Recognizing individual or group contributions in actual awarding ceremonies can drive your employees’ enthusiasm at work. It doesn’t really matter if the reward is expensive or cheap. What’s more important is that you’re mentioning their names in front of others and exchanging with them shake hands and hugs. Your sincere appreciation of what they’ve contributed to the company, that’s real motivation.

3. Build a strong culture.

In the midst of globalization, giving high importance to the race, religion, belief, ideology, culture and tradition of your diverse employees has a direct impact to the success of your company. As an employer, you goal is to unify your employees wherever they came from or whatever ritual they practice. You need to promote teamwork, collaboration, camaraderie and open communication among them for that build a strong culture. The fair implementation of anti-discrimination laws is a great motivational act on your part as an employer. Although that is already a strict requirement of law in most countries, your commitment and candor is what will matter the most to the employees. If you are serious about employee motivation, make everybody feel that you trust, treat and respect them as equal employees.

4. Design jobs that match your employee’s career preferences.

How many times have you heard employees saying “I’m bored” or “I don’t like my job anymore”? If they feel stressed or tired, that’s normal. But if they feel dissatisfied and uninterested, they’re lacking a sense of direction in their chosen career. As an employer, you have to understand your employees’ outlook in the workplace. Encourage your HR team to make their jobs meaningful, interesting and challenging. Make your employees say “I love my job”. That’s what work is all about and if you often hear those words, that’s a clear sign that your employees are highly motivated.

In this dynamic business world, our “people” employees who wants personal growth and satisfaction have lifecycle too that we need to care about. Don’t just let them come and go. Your duty as a leader is not just to convince your employees to follow, but also to commend them for their hard work, loyalty and passion at work. So seriously, how do you motivate your employees?