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How to Maintain Employee Motivation

Shawna Westmoreland

Shawna Westmoreland

November 3, 2022

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Employee motivation is key to any organization’s success, so it’s important to keep them engaged and happy at work. They’ll work more efficiently, be more enthusiastic, stay longer, and take pride in what they do. In contrast, unmotivated employees don’t work as hard, avoid tasks, show up late, and quit. Research from the University of California found that motivated employees were 31% more productive, had 37% higher sales, and were three times more creative than demotivated employees. They were also 87% less likely to quit, according to a Corporate Leadership Council study of over 50,000 people. How do you motivate, engage, and retain your employees? It’s as easy as these 6 strategies!

Create a Healthy and Fun Environment

The perfect breeding ground for innovation and creativity is a well-lit, engaging, and fun workspace! Employees who have fun at work are less stressed, more productive, and more collaborative. Team-building activities can be incorporated into the office and after work to accomplish this. Let your team sip, chat, and get to know each other at a corporate happy hour, challenge each other during a board game day, or compete on Zoom if they’re remote, or book and host a fun and delicious cocktail-making class, so they can connect no matter where they are!

To make your team feel more involved in engagement opportunities, poll them on not only activities they would enjoy, but also days and times that work best for them, so that all employees can participate. Whatever the size of your team, there are plenty of ways to keep them motivated. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box! Put our ideas into practice, and you’ll see a change in their attitude.

Offer Growth Opportunities

Providing your employees with room to grow is a huge motivator. In a study by Quantum Workplace, employees listed professional growth opportunities as one of their highest drivers of engagement. Conversely, exiting employees said lack of growth opportunities was their second biggest reason to leave. Providing growth opportunities is also beneficial to employers because they’ll gain a team that’s skilled and won’t lose intellectual property as employees move on to different companies. In addition, it could save you money because recruiting and training new employees is costly.

According to a recent study by Training Magazine, companies spent $92.3 billion in 2020-2021 on training. Training isn’t just for new hires either, current employees need on-the-job training, continuing education, and orientation, not to mention additional hours and training costs. You can offer leadership programs, time management workshops, continuing education courses, networking events, mentorship programs, soft skills training, and more!

Acknowledge their Accomplishments

Recognition lets employees know their contributions to the success of the company and their team are appreciated. The more you appreciate people’s efforts, the more motivated they’ll be to keep going. You can praise your staff privately, through email, or publicly during company meetings. Employers recognizing employees publicly not only boost their morale but also demonstrate to the team what your organization values. According to a survey, 90% of senior decision-makers prioritize showing appreciation and thanks in a timely manner, and more than 60% of workers wish managers and leaders would praise colleagues more often. Recognizing employees makes them feel more connected to their work, their team, and the organization as a whole, which increases productivity and engagement.

 

Provide Food in the Workplace

Providing food in the workplace shows the employer cares about their employees, which in turn makes them feel valued and appreciated, and motivated to work hard. According to USA Today, simply providing free food to your employees can result in a 67% job satisfaction rate. The more satisfied employees are in an organization, the more work they can get done, so why not give our team free food? Cater2.me works with hundreds of food vendors across the country to bring mouthwatering and delicious meals that can be customized to fit your team’s dietary restrictions and needs. Having a daily, weekly, or quarterly lunch that brings your employees together fosters connections that can’t be made in a meeting.  

Share Feedback

Feedback is important because it helps break bad habits, reinforces positive behavior, and enables teams to work more effectively. As a result, you’ll have a team that keeps in touch with their own behaviors and an organization that communicates well. Tips for giving successful feedback are: Focusing on performance and not personality, having a two-way conversation, talking in private, being specific, and following up. Following up shows you care about their success, and it can motivate them to keep up the great work!

Be Respectful, Honest, and Supportive of your Employees

The key to making sure your team is heard and treated right is to respect them, gain their trust, and support them. You can do this by asking them what they want, checking in regularly, practicing consistency, being transparent, and creating an environment that welcomes everyone. If an employer is reliable, employees will work harder and gain trust, but if a negative work environment exists, it’s stressful and undesirable for everyone, so they lose productivity, innovation, and competitive edge. Researchers found that employees who trust their employers have 74% less stress and 40% less burnout. Employees who aren’t stressed will perform better and have better attitudes at work.

In this article, we hope to have provided you with some insights and strategies for keeping employees motivated in your organization. Having a team that is capable of learning, aware of their actions, comfortable expressing their opinions, and happy at work is something you can look forward to!

Would you like to offer your team weekly meals? Check out our meal programs to see all the delicious meal solutions we have to offer!  “Interested in how meals positively impact the office? Check out our white paper “The Secret Sauce to a Happy Thriving Workplace”.

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