Keeping employees focused and motivated can be a constant struggle for managers and bosses. From the daydreamer to the procrastinator, there are all types of personalities and distractions in the office. Motivating your team can be the difference between a productive and healthy environment and a dysfunctional one.
3 Ways to Motive and Encourage Employees
- Thank Them. So many tasks can feel overlooked and non-important to an employee. It is a dangerous occasion when someone begins to work on autopilot and apathy starts to set in. Displaying gratitude can keep productivity high and is essential for morale. Finding the time to either thank them in person or write a note is a great gesture to your staff. You will not only show that you are happy with their work, but you will also let them know that you see their effort.
- Provide Mentorship. How large is the distance between management and employees at your workplace? If the separation is small, your team is more likely to be strong and effective. Creating an environment that lowers the walls between employees can encourage creativity and allows for a dialog that will help those who may be struggling.
- Encourage Employees to Take Breaks. Think that working straight through lunch and staying late is the key to success? This common way to approach the workplace is simply outdated and is actually detrimental to the worker. In fact, working long hours without breaks can even be illegal! Burning out should never be the goal in a work day, month or year. Studies show that taking breaks, “Improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion.” Maintaining productivity and creativity will not only be beneficial to the employee, but to the business as a whole.
Take time to acknowledge and aid employees in the workplace. How they are doing will directly influence how your business is doing. What other ways do you engage with your employees?
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Asha Wilkerson is the founder of The Wilkerson Law Office. Ms. Wilkerson provides skilled advice and counsel to for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based organizations in the areas of business and employment law. The mission of The Wilkerson Law Office, is to preserve the longevity of your business by ensuring that every aspect of your organization is legally sound and operating in compliance with state and federal law.