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There are many variables that contribute to the growth and success of the average business, and ensuring each is monitored effectively can be something of a juggling act. It is important to know which variables have which effects, and which are of particular importance.

Employee motivation is a key factor in ensuring business productivity and long-term success. Failure to motivate staff can lead to business decline and even high staff turnover – so what can you do to motivate your employees?

Recognising Effort

Sometimes it is the simplest solutions that are the most effective; in order to inspire employee motivation, you need to first intuit motivations that employees may have to work productively. Ultimately, a worker is less likely to provide their best if they feel that their best goes unnoticed – making the simple act of recognition for work well done an essential part of the tool kit.

There are various ways in which an employer can recognise the work of their staff, from an email of thanks to a public acknowledgement in a company newsletter, or as part of an employee-of-the-month programme. But recognition can also be given in the form of tangible gifts. Certain achievements or department goals could be rewarded with tokens of gratitude, in the form of a case of beer or a gift hamper of quality foodstuffs.

Developing Careers

But recognition of employee efforts goes much deeper than acknowledgment of specific tasks or individual efforts. Employees are giving their skills and time to the development of the business long-term; guaranteeing consistent effort and output from them over their career with you requires consistent investment in their career.

Positive impacts and solid efforts from staff could be rewarded with career development opportunities, from training programmes to leadership development. In this way, employees are motivated to work diligently in order to progress in their careers, while also feeling appreciated by their employer.

Enabling Work-Life Balance

Employee motivation can also be ensured through the logistics of their employment. The wants and needs of the working population have changed in recent years, and the institution of new working methods and technologies have fast-tracked the feasibility of some changes previously thought impossible.

A key example of this is the ability to work from home, something that not many could do reliably before the development of cloud collaboration and robust video-conferencing software. Today, though, employees can enjoy more flexibility than ever – if their employers are on board.

A recent survey found that nearly half of all office workers in the UK would consider leaving their job if flexibility was not made available to them by their employers. As such, flexibility is an urgent factor to consider – and a strong way to improve employee satisfaction, thereby increasing motivation. Hybrid working arrangements have become common, enabling staff members to split their working week between their office and home. In other cases, employees with young children can start or finish later, in order to manage their children’s school needs.

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