How many times have you heard the mantra that “a happy employee is a productive employee?” It goes without saying that every successful company is right where it is because of a great amount of hard at work and creativity that its employees put in on a daily basis.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Then why do many businesses, however small or big, often fail to implement this concept?
Being hard at work is not an easy task to accomplish. Even with good standing firms, the long lasting impacts of daily grind can impair and diminish productivity of just about any person out there, no matter how strong one might be. Repetitiveness of work cycle and mounting of pressure to keep up with the deadlines produces a great deal of stress and workers tend to feel jaded and uninspired after certain periods of time. Therefore it is of utmost importance to any employer to work his way around those problems and to find a proper way to keep his or her employees at an optimum work rate.
How can an employer keep his team motivated when the going gets tough?Most employers with a fair and sincere approach automatically gain respect of their workers, regardless of the standing of their business. There’s no point in saying that having a good boss is much better than having a bad boss.
There are many ways to show your appreciation and that is probably the most important aspect of motivation. Letting your employees know that they are doing a fine job is always a boost in morale, no matter how important or symbolical the given situation is. If the company has been doing business particularly well in a given period, giving a paid bonus to all the workers would provide a sense of shared accomplishment and probably enhance that momentum even more. Company hangouts and parties are a great way for the workers to get to know each other on a more personal level and connect. Seminars and conferences are also a great way of investing in your workforce, since the employees return with a new knowledge in the field which can then be implemented in the business. Sometimes simple gifts like fruit basket delivery or a free lunch can be a positive surprise.
But it isn’t always about getting something expensive or having a paid vacation, seminar or anything like that. Getting ‘down in the trenches’ with your ‘army’ and showing that you do not consider yourself more worthy than anyone else will certainly portray you in a positive light.
After all, we are all just human and sometimes that is the most important thing to remember in a time when we progress more and more into an era of dehumanization and robotics taking over most of the work once done by humans.