Managing your staff and running a business, both at the same time can be pretty difficult.
“How to motivate your staff?” This is the question arises in the mind of the business owner. The best way to get the most out of your workforce may be to make sure they’re engaged. According to a research study, 91 percent of highly engaged employees always or almost always try their hardest at work (among disengaged employees, only 67 percent say the same).
This list may be the perfect starting point for finding ways to motivate your staff and increase employee engagement, without having to spend any money at all. Consider starting with these three strategies:
1. Build a working culture
Your organization’s culture is ever changing and can be built every day by the various actions and attitudes of everyone in your workforce. If you have even just one toxic employee, they may bring down the atmosphere around them. Your company could have a stellar culture to begin with, but when a misfit employee enters the scenario, their negativity plagues the work environment.
So you need to decide what kind of culture you want your organization to have. Some of the greatest cultures have started off with employees who complemented each other and the culture. Remember that skills can be taught, but personality is typically much harder to change.
2. Focus on leadership qualities
Engaged employees are likely looking for two specific qualities in their leaders: strong performance and transparency. To get the former, you might consider focusing on leadership skills—not just general job skills—when promoting an employee or hiring someone for a leadership position.
Be open about communication. It may be valuable to employees while costing you nothing. Establishing multiple channels for communicating information may help, such as all-hands meetings, one-on-ones between direct managers and employees, and perhaps a company-wide newsletter. Use these outlets as ways to share important company information such as performance, goals and upcoming changes. You might use them to announce major decisions and explain the context and reasoning behind them. When employees feel like they’re in the loop, they’ll also feel more invested in their organization.
3. Help employees develop
Finally, you might guide your employees on their path of professional growth. This means focusing beyond their current job duties and day-to-day expectations. Consider finding out what their interests are, and help them pursue those interests by giving them additional responsibilities at work.
If your employees want to move up in the ranks, it’s often helpful to make the promotion process clear, and to make sure you’ve supported their professional development so they’re prepared for the new role.
These were a few steps to motivate your staff and they don’t take much in the way of resources—just effort. But that effort may benefit your company by helping you get a stronger team, a more positive work environment, a more invested workforce and all the other benefits of high employee engagement.