Fostering an Environment of Productivity
It can be difficult motivating your employees to work to their highest capabilities. While you always want to develop a good relationship with the people that work for you, it can be easy for them to slip into complacency. If they feel they aren’t challenged enough or if the office is too casual, they might end up doing less than what they’re job actually calls for. As their superior, it’s your job to push them towards greatness.
There are many different ways that you can foster a more productive workplace and inspire those that work under you to give their all while they’re on the clock. When people come together and work hard towards a common goal, everyone benefits, not just the company.
Lead by Example
One of the best ways to push your employees to work hard is to work hard yourself. If they see that you aren’t motivated to work hard, they’ll be less likely to do so either. If you’re the type to duck out of the office early every day, they won’t be willing to work overtime or extra days for you when a deadline comes up.
As their boss, you should be the first one in the office and the last one to leave. When they see that you’re willing to put in the extra hours, they’ll be more likely to stay and work alongside of you. Lead by example and you will definitely motivate your employees to work as hard, if not harder, than you do.
Now, we all know that as kids, getting something for nothing is pointless. As hard as we try to push them to clean their rooms without getting anything in return, it’s almost impossible. The same can be said for your employees. While we aren’t saying they’re as bad as children, they will certainly be more motivated to work harder if you provide something as a bonus for doing so.
One thing you could do is provide a bonus on their check for any new clients they bring in. You could offer a paid lunch with you as a treat for staying after hours for working on an important project. There are a lot of different ways you can reward your employees that will push them to working hard.
It’s in our nature to compete against one another in life. We try to be the best in everything we do, and our jobs are no different. Say you have a client that is asking for a marketing strategy for their business. You can split your employees up into teams and ask them to come up with different ideas. Let them know that when the client makes the selection, the winning team will win something amazing like a paid day off or a gift card for dinner at an upscale restaurant.
When you put your employees up against each other for some friendly competition, they’ll want to make a good impression. Not just on you, but on the potential client as well. Friendly competition is a great way to foster a productive working environment for your team.
If your employees work in close proximity, it can be easy for them to grow annoyed with one another over time. If they have families to go home to, it can be difficult for them to take a few minutes to breathe and relax. Stressed out employees are harder to motivate than happy employees. This is why you should consider planning a company retreat to give them a chance to relax. You can include team building activities or just a day at the spa. Either way, they’ll appreciate the extra thought you gave them and will want to show their appreciation by working harder for you during office hours.
Hopefully these ideas will help you create an environment that inspires your employees and colleagues to work harder for the company. Just make sure they know that you aren’t the only one that benefits for their hard work. And don’t be afraid to thank them on a regular basis for everything they do for you and the company you all work for. They’ll appreciate the attention they get and the acknowledgement for their hard work.
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