6 Ways to Motivate Your Employees and Increase Productivity

By Usman Raza

Updated Over a Week Ago

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Motivation is the driving force behind increasing productivity. It’s what makes your employees get up in the morning, go to the office and start churning out products or serving your clients with a smile on their faces. 

And while the relationship between employee output and motivation is evident, knowing how to encourage staff to be more prolific is a difficult thing to do.

To help, here are a few ways you can motivate your team members and drive their productivity forward.

1. Measure Current Performance

When setting your company on the path of increasing productivity, it is important to create a plan.

To do so successfully, you will need to measure and evaluate the current production rate. It will serve as a baseline to check if the strategies you implement improve the rate at which work is completed.

One of the best ways to calculate employee output is based on speed and quality. Use a state-of-the-art project management tool to evaluate both elements. You can time-track work completion and see what it takes to produce quality products and services. 

Additionally, you can measure productivity at both an individual and team level for greater insight into the current state of things.

After that, you have a starting point to begin implementing strategies to motivate your employees.

2. Focus on Company Culture When On-boarding

Cultural fit is among the most important things for a new hire. If the employees fit the company culture better, they are much more proactive at the job and faster at connecting with their team and their work.

A strong cultural fit also contributes to a stronger company-employee bond. This can protect the company from expenses associated with turnover and regular and unforeseen recruitment costs.

3. Reward Employees

Rewarding workers is one of the best ways to show appreciation and improve job satisfaction.

It might be a good idea to think about giving your team extra incentives to increase loyalty and morale:

  • A personalized Prepaid Visa card that lets employees get their own incentive
  • Monthly gym membership subscription, which supports their self-care
  • An allowance or discounts at a bookstore chain
  • Weekly cinema tickets or box office discounts for two
  • An additional one or two days off from work to relax

One or more of these perks have the ability to enrich the lives of your staff and improve team dynamics. And it shouldn’t always be about money.

In fact, a survey shows that employees want this since every fourth worker out of five actually prefers perks over a pay raise. So it might be time to consider it.

4. Emphasize Personal Development

Improving the training process helps your employees reach the pinnacle of their professional aptitude.

After all, it is important to view workers not as a stationary resource but as changing one that requires constant nurturing at an individual level.

Not only can training improve their current skill set, but it can also motivate them to take on new skills.

Without the need to pass on tasks they can do on their own, they speed up the business process and increase efficiency and productivity.

5. Stop Micromanaging

When it comes to increasing efficiency, you should avoid micromanaging at all costs.

Having to check with higher management for every task can seriously discourage employees by lowering their self-belief in what they are doing.

That business model is extremely time-consuming, which again decreases productivity.

Instead, you should consider delegating tasks across the board, not just to senior management.

Assigning a role to each employee motivates them to complete their projects in the most efficient way to demonstrate their worth to the company.

And in having a project in the first place, they are much more likely to further associate themselves with the company, which increases their loyalty.

6. Allow Employees to Work Remotely

If you want to increase productivity, consider allowing your employees to do more work from home.

Research from Hubstaff suggests there is a strong connection between working remotely and productivity. Logging in more working hours, taking fewer sick leave absences, better performance, and even engaging at work are much higher and better with remote staff.

Without the need to pay for transport and office supplies, and with increased productivity, this also minimizes expenses.

If you’re unsure, split work hours into remote and in-house and evaluate performance for each day. You might be very pleasantly surprised.

Take Action

Employees are your greatest asset. How you treat them will determine the success and growth of your company.

It’s all up to you to find ways to appreciate them and support their efforts and development to increase motivation.

In doing so, you will undoubtedly increase productivity, too.

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Usman Raza
Usman Raza is the co-founder of Christian Marketing Experts and marketing strategist working with various brands online, and the content marketing manager of PSD to WordPress and Los Angeles Digital Agency. He is devoted to helping small businesses bridge success gaps by providing in-depth, actionable advice on digital marketing, SEO, and small business growth.
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