It’s tough, isn’t it? Summer is done and we’re now involved in the final push to get through the fourth quarter and end the year on a high note. Somehow it’s always easier to be energetic and motivated when the sun is shining, the days are long and there could even be some vacation plans on the calendar. And even if you are enthusiastic about fall, we know that the cold days of winter lie ahead. I have spoken to other business owners and even we need a motivational boost on occasion.
The seasons notwithstanding, as a business owner, it is always important to keep your employees motivated and energized. Here are four things that you can do to increase their enthusiasm in the workplace:
No one likes to feel that their work is unappreciated and that their very job is unimportant. Every employee wants to believe that they play an integral role in the success of the company in which they work. This recognition can be shown in a variety of ways, including:
It doesn’t take much to provide employees with a work environment that is attractive and comfortable. Consider the following:
One of the best ways to motivate employees is to make certain that they know they can turn to their Supervisors and Management when they have a problem or concern and can do so without worry or fear of losing their job. Supervisors and Managers must be trained in good listening skills as well as how to provide feedback and coaching in a supportive manner. You may consider outsourcing this training to the Professionals that have been successful time and time again!
Remember that you and your employees probably spend more waking hours working at your company than anywhere else. It makes good sense to provide them with the opportunity to succeed in a company that cares about them, takes their work seriously and compensates them fairly. Anything less is demotivating.