Five free ways to motivate your employees

Here are five (free) simple suggestions you can do to motivate your employees.

1. Flexibility

That old philosophy that you have to put in long hours because that’s what the boss had to do back in his day is well and truly over. The world has changed. People now want flexibility in their schedule and they’re willing to work hard to get the freedom to plan their time. In other words, many people will want to work harder for an employer who makes it easier for them to slot work into their hectic schedules. Flexible working hours or working from home are some great suggestions to put to employees.

2. Leadership

Employees want, and in some cases need, to be led. They want you to plan for the future of the business, make good strategic decisions and run the business well enough so they don’t have to go looking for a new job. This is why the good leaders communicate their vision of the future with clarity and focus, a team follows easier if they know where they are going. 

3. Fun

It’s a no brainer. Making your workplace a little more fun makes for a productive workplace. If you can, give it a go and create some fun in your work environment, the result will be happy and productive people.

4. Fairness

Again, another common perception in the workplace is unfairness between the team. If so, employee habits may become dysfunctional. A business-owner must make sure he or she is fair to employees. Although perceptions can’t be controlled, the effort to be fair can be. You may want to think about rewarding staff with small treats when they succeed at work. (OK, not free but…) By taking this course of action, you will show your workers their efforts are appreciated, motivating them to continue working hard and ultimately showing fairness by efforts exerted.

5. Respect

Respect goes both ways. As the business-owner you have to go first. When you are respectful to others, you typically get respect back. Motivating your employees is all about putting them first. If you implement initiatives which are designed to improve your staff’s work life, they will have incentives to boost their own performance in the office, allowing you to raise productivity and meet your business objectives.

So in short, you may be asking what is the financial cost of providing flexibility, leadership, fun, fairness and respect to your employees? It’s zero, but the benefits are huge! Tell us how you motivate your staff @kinexUK