Tips on Motivating Employees and Staff

  • 01

    Develop Rewards Program

    A company rewards program need not be filled with money giveaways or free products, but it should incorporate rewards that employees find important. Research by circulating forms among employees to find what your staff finds rewarding.

  • 02

    Hold Appreciation Days

    Appreciation days are an important part of motivating staff. Ideas for appreciation include providing a lunch during a work period that requires intensive work or overtime. Coupons for free snacks on appreciation days are another inexpensive, but appreciated reward. The key to linking rewards to your employees is to survey the staff to understand what motivates them.

    Appreciation need not be something large, or expensive, but the key is that the reward is presented honestly and with heart. If your company can only afford a small gift certificate, then tell your employees you understand the reward may be small, but it's all the budget can afford at this point. As the company grows, you hope to add to the appreciation they deserve. This message needs delicate construction, but it can be done in a tasteful and motivating manner.

  • 03

    Compliment Employees

    Compliments are always welcome and your staff will enjoy well-placed words when they are deserved. A hand-written note from supervisors and the boss takes little time and is well-received by workers. It is important to do the writing yourself and address the note in a respectful way.

  • 04

    Make a Comfortable Work Lounge

    Set aside a separate and comfortable lounge setting for your employees to use during break times and at lunch. If you have only a basic lunchroom, add a tablecloth or some fresh flowers. Change the decor monthly to show your employees you care about their environment.

    Add music and a place to set up a television set for checking on the score for important sports games or political elections. Avoid confrontation between employees by limiting the choices of channels and programming.

  • 05

    Use Flexible Scheduling

    Flexible scheduling allows workers to share jobs or shift between and full- time work. It's possible to provide flexible scheduling while at the same time maintaining a firm schedule. Flexible scheduling requires more work on management's part, but it will help keep quality employees.







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