How we connect and communicate with our employees can significantly impact their motivation and effectiveness. You should be able to increase workplace engagement and productivity with these seven employee psychological tactics and motivating strategies.
- Provide opportunities for professional and academic growth - Companies that value each employee's unique human capital can count on greater employee loyalty and dedication. A company's direct investment in an employee's long-term performance is demonstrated by covering all or part of the tuition for educational opportunities, the costs associated with participation in seminars or certification courses, or both. Employee loyalty and retention are directly correlated, and this is particularly significant for companies that make it a policy to promote from within whenever possible.
- Rewards for achievements - Studies have shown that most people value public recognition over corporate gifts, and employees value workplace recognition highly. Employees are highly motivated to meet reasonable credit requirements when they see how praise is related to promotions, bonuses, and raises. Employees rewarded for objective success are more productive and tend to be retained, miss fewer days of work, and perform better in terms of safety.
- Encourage employee creativity and input - As obvious as it may seem, many managers need to recognize the value of giving employees a voice in the workplace. Listening should be highlighted as a crucial skill to increase employee engagement and productivity. Everyone has ideas on how the workplace could be improved, and by routinely asking for everyone's input, you can keep everyone interested and inspired to come up with new ideas.
- Giving prompt feedback - Active feedback techniques that are linked to both individual and organizational success are well received by employees. Short-term performance evaluations are more appealing to people because they enable faster processes for improvement and correction than the more conventional quarterly or annual evaluations. Employees feel more invested in organizational goals when they receive regular performance feedback, which fosters long-lasting relationships.
- Encourage rest periods and exercise - Another employee motivation strategy that improves performance and works satisfaction simultaneously is to give short breaks throughout the day regularly. Employees perform better overall when they are encouraged to take five or ten minutes every hour or so to walk around the office or visit the break room for a snack. Additionally, when employees have access to regular exercise, their performance improves. Supporting employees' physical health increases productivity, whether your business can offer club-level workout opportunities or merely encourages activity during lunch breaks.
- Create incentives - Along with receiving praise from others, employees also respond favorably to tangible rewards. Financial incentives, such as cash bonuses, gift cards, or a night out, are a powerful way to reward individual and team performance. Additional vacation days, free parking or company perks or benefits are other incentives to take into account.
- Promote flexibility in the schedule - Flexible working hours and scheduling boost productivity while lowering infrastructure costs. With today's technology, many businesses can experiment with flexible scheduling for some employees due to the possibility of part- or full-time telecommuting and remote working. Numerous research and real-life instances have demonstrated that employees permitted to work remotely, even part-time, are significantly happier and more motivated to be effective.