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Every business owner knows that their employees are their most valuable assets. If you want your company to grow, you need to find a way to motivate the workers and keep them enthusiastic and happy every day they come to work.
There are many ways to achieve this goal without raising their pay. In fact, some recent studies show that non-financial motivators can be more effective in building long-term employee satisfaction than cash incentives.
Below are some simple tactics that will ensure the continuous growth of your team and your company, too.
1. Provide Them With a Pleasant Place to Work
Creating a pleasant working environment does not have to cost a lot, yet its contribution to your employees’ productivity can be incredible. Make the office space clean and cosmetically pleasant. Putting plants around the office can motivate your employees as it will make the office prettier and it will make the employees feel less stressed out. Plants also control the humidity and oxygen levels in the room.
Pick neutral and soft tones for office furniture and walls. These colors are calming, and that is exactly what your workers need when things get hectic. Also, avoid fluorescent lights because they can cause eye strain. The bottom line is to devise an office interior design that makes your employees feel at home.
2. Recognize the Achievements of Your Employees
Every person wants to be appreciated. When your employee achieves a personal or company goal, set aside some time to show your sincere gratitude. Send a circular email to everyone, or a thank you note to that employee. You can also give them a small gift. This can be a ticket to a basketball game, or a gift voucher. If the achievement was made by a team, take them all out to a nice dinner.
3. Offer Opportunities for Development
Encourage your employees to learn new things. Send them to seminars and training sessions. They will be more satisfied with themselves, knowing that they can advance in their career, and make a greater contribution to your company. An employee who is knowledgeable about the latest technologies and trends in the industry will become a more valuable member of your team.
4. Introduce Casual Fridays
If the business you do is such that it requires a strict dress code in your company, make Fridays casual. Coming to work casually dressed is sure to boost the morale of the workers. If you cannot allow one casual day a week, at least introduce this rule on holidays. Organize theme days, like St. Patrick’s day, when everyone would come to work dressed in green.
5. Stay Away From Micromanaging
A survey showed that over 39 percent of employees would rather do some difficult and unpleasant task than have a nosy boss breathe down their neck all day. Managing does not mean constantly checking what everyone is doing. Of course, you need to be aware of what is going on in your company, but learn to put trust in your people. After all, you hired them because you thought they could do the job.
6. Give Them Honest Feedback
All studies advise against punishing failures and mistakes. This does not mean ignoring them but finding a more constructive way to deal with them. Feedback can also be a great motivator for your employees. If you notice that someone is falling behind with their duties, or that their performance is somewhat weaker, talk to them. Give them advice on how to improve themselves. Show them that you care.
7. Avoid Long and Useless Meetings
Meetings are huge time wasters if you do not know how to manage them. If you do not want to hear people complaining about wasting 3 hours of their time on a useless meeting, create a straightforward agenda, start the meeting on time, keep to the agenda, and finish it as quickly as possible. Invite only those employees that really need to be there.
These simple tactics can make a difference between a successful and unsuccessful company. Which one will you choose?
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