• Prospect America

Motivation in the workplace can be challenging; let’s face it, coming back to work on Monday can be brutal, personally speaking, I am more motivated to stay in bed than to tackle the obstacles I will face in the week ahead. so how can we help keep our team motivated five days a week?

Recognition:

According to a study, 70% of employees say that their motivation would greatly improve with positive recognition and reinforcement from their managers/ employers. It’s not just that your hard work is recognized, but also how it’s recognized. Of course, bonuses are great–I mean, who doesn’t love some extra cash in their pocket, but it’s not the be all, end all. According to TalentCulter.com, “Money is appropriate much of the time, but it’s not the only, or even the most effective motivator. Treat employees as valued team members, not as numbers.”

Goals/ Results:

Projects can be time consuming and seem endless. Set goals as you progress through your tasks; each time a goal is achieved, it’ll provide a boost of motivation.  Plus, what’s better than celebrating the goals you have achieved!? Reaching a goal is never easy which is why each time an employee achieves their goal make note to applaud their success.

Flexibility:

Having a flexible work schedule that isn’t necessarily the cliché’ 9-5, can help boost motivation. Depending on the person’s life style or family situation, an employee may prefer a schedule that has some more flexibility. If early mornings are difficult, (I mean, who likes mornings anyway) one might prefer to come into work a little later but work until 8 or 9. Rather than feeling sluggish, get some extra sleep and come to work ready to go!  Obviously, this is a ‘once in a while’ offering, but having options such as job sharing, telecommuting and flexible times can improve motivation and increase employee retention, specifically for hard working individuals who have family commitments from time to time.

Breaks:

No one is expected to work an eight-hour day at minimum, without taking any breaks–you’ll run out of gas before you know it. Sitting all day long can be tough, so every so often, get out of your chair and take a break.  Go for a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air, say hi to a colleague, etc… Taking breaks throughout the day will not only help you stay motivated, but it’s also beneficial for both physical and mental health.

Have fun:

Learn to have fun and laugh with your employees and co-workers, this will make the work day go by faster and will take your motivation to the next level. Not every day will feel like a day at the beach, but that’s okay! As long as you focus on bringing a positive vibe to your workplace, you’ll be amazed at how much will improve.