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Keep Your Employees Motivated Without Excessive Spending

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Illinois business law attorneyWhen you own a small or medium-sized business, you do not always have the money to do all of the things you want to do. Between payroll, utilities, taxes, and honoring contracts with vendors and suppliers, you may not have very much left over—especially if you are a newer company. This can create challenges if you are looking for ways to keep your staff motivated, as you may think that workers respond best to bonuses, gift cards, and other financial incentives. It may come as a surprise to learn that other motivational strategies may be just as effective as money—if not more so—in increasing your employees’ productivity.

Lead From the Front

A popular image that is often shared among managers and team leaders depicts two conflicting leadership styles. The top half of the image shows a “boss” sitting at his desk atop a heavy load directing a team of unhappy people as they drag the load. The bottom half shows the same team and the same load, but this time, the “leader” is at the front of the team, encouraging them and pulling with them. The team is happier and the work is being done more efficiently.

Your leadership style plays an important role in keeping your employees motivated. If you treat your staff like they are ignorant and incapable, that is probably what you will see in their work. If you assume that your team is skilled, capable, and dedicated, that attitude will be contagious and will reflect in their productivity.

A Positive Environment

Work is rarely where a person would choose to spend their free time, but that does not mean it should be a place filled with tension and impossible expectations. Encourage your employees to personalize their workspace as much as possible. Take the time to listen to their needs, concerns, and accomplishments. When someone makes a mistake—especially a mistake borne out of an effort to help the company—avoid being too critical. Correct the mistake, of course, but do not embarrass your employee. He or she already feels bad enough.

It is also important to facilitate communication. Allow your employees to speak up when they need to talk. Do not respond condescendingly; instead, keep in mind that you are all part of the same team.

Eliminate Boredom

Some jobs are tedious, no question, but that does not mean they need to be mind-numbing. Allow your employees to come up with ideas for new ways of doing things. Move people around so that the same workers are not stuck with the same boring tasks day after day. Make it point to recognize workers who may be feeling unappreciated by acknowledging their efforts in front of the rest of your team.

Be sure to allow for short breaks throughout the day. This gives your employees the chance to relax for a few minutes, send a few text messages or social media updates, and interact on a personal level with those around them.

We Can Help

If you have questions about motivational strategies for your team, contact an experienced Arlington Heights business law attorney. We have the knowledge and skills to help you get the most from your employees while keeping them happy and proud to be a part of your company. Call 847-749-4182 for a confidential consultation today.



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