When budgets are tight and employee morale is low, what can a cash-strapped business do to motivate its hard working workers without crying “raises for all!”?
Money is a major factor in employee motivation — people need to feel they’re being compensated for their skills, effort, and time. But it’s not the only motivator.
Human beings are motivated by many things. Important things such as:
- A sense of purpose
- A sense of belonging
- Being a part of something important and/or “bigger” than themselves
- Opportunity (to learn, for advancement, for new experiences
- Explicit goals with the chance to reach tangible outcomes
- Feeling that what they do matters
- New challenges
And none of these need cost a company much, if anything.
As you work to motivate your employees, be sure you’re not doing the following:
- taking away current benefits;
- fostering a culture of unfairness and petty politics;
- pitting employees against each other in a sad game of “if you lose than I win;” and
- a culture of “you’re lucky to have a job in this economy, so put up and shut up.”
Instead, try these motivators:
- Show appreciation. If you can’t raise salaries, what about taking your department’s team members out to a nice dinner when they get a major project done early?
- Get employee input. Ask for their advice on how to do their jobs better, how to create better process or even create new services.
- Make sure your employees are challenged. Give them opportunities to go to conferences and seminars to learn new skills.
- Create a culture of service, hard work and trust. Reward those who exemplify these values with a small trophy, certificate or lunch on the department.
- Praise often and keep praising. Don’t hold back. Find something praiseworthy each day and acknowledge it.
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