As a business owner, you know the importance of inspiring enthusiasm in employees. Not only do motivated employees provide better quality work at a higher volume, but they’re also more likely to stay committed to your business. While maintaining healthy morale is sometimes easier said than done, there are a few key elements that most employees value in their workplace. Here’s a checklist you can use to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep people happy.
Establish Long-Term Goals
Putting an employee in charge of a long-term project not only gives them something to work on in between daily tasks, but it can also help them feel like they’re making a difference for the company in a long-term sense.
Most people need to be challenged in order to feel a sense of fulfillment and most people enjoy feeling like they have potential for growth. You can address both of these needs by setting a clear path for promotions and try to promote internally whenever appropriate to provide an example for other employees.
Set Clear Expectations
Mistakes happen at every business, but sometimes, mistakes can be avoided if expectations are established from the start. Clear expectations create a sense of ease for employers and managers alike because managers need to know that tasks are being completed and employees need to know how to make the best use of their time.
Communicate Concerns in an Objective Manner
When a mistake does occur, the best way to approach it is to speak directly with the person (or people involved). Find out where things went wrong, but keep the focus on reaching a solution. That way, you can make sure your comments don’t come across as a personal attack, but rather an effort to remedy the problem for everyone’s benefit.
Always acknowledge when an employee goes above and beyond to make them feel like their efforts did not go unnoticed. If a project sparks success for your business goals, make sure the person in charge of that project knows that their approach worked well—this will help them repeat successes and can make them feel motivated.
Encourage Employees to Share Their Ideas
It’s important for employees to feel like their voice is being heard. Provide opportunities for your staff to share their ideas—it could be a monthly meeting with their direct supervisor or a quarterly check-in with the whole department.
Of course, you can’t implement every idea that’s presented, but if an idea won’t work for your business, make sure you explain why it’s not possible. This approach shows your employee that you have given their idea serious consideration.
Offer Learning Opportunities
Providing employees with opportunities to attend conferences, watch webinars, or even just have time to read articles relating to their job can give a sense of forward momentum to keep your staff engaged. Encouraging employees to share what they’ve learned with coworkers can provide further empowerment. Some employers even cover full or partial tuition costs for employees pursuing degrees related to their field.
Offer Competitive Benefits
This may seem like an obvious motivational tool, but competitive wages and benefits can be the difference between staff wanting to leave or stay. Offering financial support, like a 401K, is a great incentive for employees to stay committed to your business. Many employees also find it helpful to be given opportunities to speak with financial advisors to learn more about their options.
Beyond standard benefits such as health insurance, PTO, and profit sharing, don’t be afraid to establish office traditions that can serve as perks. Office luncheons, holiday bonuses, discounted services from local business, and company-provided electronics are all tokens of appreciation that reward employees for a job well done.
If you’re looking for a way to provide a valuable resources to your employees, consider enrolling in a 401K program with Union Community Bank. Our team of advisors are always willing to meet with your employees in an individual or group setting.