Employee Happiness = Employee Contribution
It’s pretty logical to conclude that every company wants happy employees. Yet, the problem with some businesses is that they care more about bigger profits. Ironically, many companies forget about the fact that satisfied employees are your main asset when it comes to improving profits.
Now, it’s a simple fact that when your staff feels like you care about them, they will, in turn, care about the improvement of your company. Otherwise, they will likely hate their jobs and do them much less efficiently, just so that they can make a living.
This is not what you want. You want to stimulate, encourage, and reward your employees. Employee satisfaction and engagement for business success.
So let’s take a look at how you can (and should) create satisfied employees. Because by making your staff feel like they are valued and are part of a larger story, you can truly contribute to the growth of your business.
Employee Motivation Tip #1 Motivate through career progression
The general fact about people who have a knack for what they do, as well as a certain level of aspiration, is that they want to advance in the place they work at. To them, it’s not merely about doing their job and making a living – they actually want to make a career for themselves.
So, greater titles, bonus responsibilities, better offices, and of course, admiration from their boss and co-workers, is something that highly motivates these people. So tap into this intrinsic motivation! By offering rewards you can increase employee satisfaction, and by offering opportunities for career progression motivate employees to work harder.
Employee Motivation Tip #2 Lead by example
If you, as a leader, do not show passion, joy, and true interest in what your job is, then why would anyone else on your team do the same?
You are the main person that can inspire your workforce to be confident, committed to the task, and loyal to you as their leader. In which case, you need to be a positive example and drive for others.
Be the kind of leader that is strict when it comes to serious planning and work policies, but also a compassionate person that your staff can talk and relate to on a personal level. This is key for influencing the general mood, boosting the working “experience”, and motivating employees to engage.
Employee Motivation Tip #3 Encourage professional development
Making a career for yourself within a company is one thing. There is also the fact that a dedicated employee actually wants to work on their skill set and learn more about the things that they are doing, and how they can be done better.
Basically, there is a lot of motivational power in professional development. So find ways to encourage employee growth.
As employees become more knowledgeable and skilled their self-confidence, motivation and happiness at work will also grow.
Impart new knowledge or opportunities to grow new skillsets. Do whatever it takes for employees to feel like they can make “super contributions” to the company. Because high levels of work satisfaction come with the feeling of mastery.
Employee Motivation #4 Provide a perfect work environment
Of course, there is also always the aspect of the environment in which your employees are doing their jobs. Having a positive work environment is key for boosting employee happiness and engagement in the workplace.
Your main objective is to enrich the employee experience. Make sure that each and every member of your staff is satisfied and works in conditions where they can be the most productive, efficient, and in the end, feel the most satisfied.
Experts from Portcullis Australia underline how important both the ergonomics and safety of a workplace are important to your staff. So, you need to think of your office space as a second home to them. They spend the majority of their day at work after all. So it’s essential that you invest both time and money into creating the best possible space for them to do their jobs.
Employee Motivation #5 Stimulate personal growth
Of course, there is also the element of personal growth. This applies to particular aspects of your employees’ lives that can play a big role when it comes to their motivation, such as relationships with their co-workers, as well as their boss.
Essentially, people want to make friends, and will always look for someone at their workplace that they can relate to. There is also the element of gaining recognition, both from their peers and their leader.
Still, you need to be aware that this is the most individualistic aspect, and various emotional factors play different roles for different people. That is why it is important that you get to know your employees well.
Situational leadership is key for motivating employees. So, tailor your leadership style to the person in order to inspire them and promote their own version of happiness. Talk to them, ask them what they like and what they don’t like, and try to respond to their feedback in a reasonable manner.
Employee Motivation #6 Provide financial growth
Last, but certainly not the least, comes financial growth. This is something that almost doesn’t even need to be mentioned. Your employees are certainly going to be motivated by financial rewards.
When someone excels at a task and gets a financial bonus for their job well done, it’s pretty logical to assume that they’re going to be happy and more motivated. Encouraging (and rewarding) employee contribution with a little financial contribution of your own.
Ultimately, every employee is a cog in the machinery that is your company. And every cog needs to be properly oiled in order to make the machine work the way it should. So, it is essential that you make your employees happy, and motivate, support and inspire them every way that you can. For their success, and yours.
Emily is a business psychologist with a passion for marketing. Researching, exploring and writing is her favourite thing to do. She works as a consultant for Portcullis Australia. Besides that, she loves animals, music, and travelling.