05 May How to Motivate Employees So That Your Business Grows
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of multiSEARCH Recruitment, and along the way we’ve learned many important lessons on how to effectively help build, and sustain a business. Over the next coming months, as part of our 25th birthday celebration, we will be sharing 25 of our trade secrets that will help your business grow. The first lesson is on the importance of motivating your employees.
Management often get caught up in the day-to-day running of the business. However, to achieve full employee engagement from their team, managers need to be proactive, lead by example, communicate clearly, and foster a positive working environment. Here are four vital management skills to help motivate your team more!
1. Be a proactive coach.
Help your employees develop the right skills to work efficiently. Pay attention to new employees and give them the guidance and coaching required. Explain their roles and responsibilities within the team clearly. Demonstrate how their day-to-day tasks impact the organisation’s goals to help them feel enthusiastic about their company and their role. Give them immediate feedback and encouragement to drive improvement. Turn the initial level of enthusiasm into full engagement by continuously coaching your staff and setting clear goals for self-development.
2. Lead by example.
Leading by example generates enthusiasm and inspires employees to work harder. Be careful what you say, how you say it, what you do, and how you behave. Role modelling is one of those management skills that that is easily overlooked, but integral in employee engagement. Studies have shown that 62% of engaged employees said their managers set a good example, and employees who are happy with their direct supervisors are more likely to walk the extra mile to support the organisation’s goals.
3. Build trust and communicate clearly.
Employees who trust and feel respected by their superiors will feel confident to speak freely without fear of repercussions. Foster open and honest communication between your employees to achieve better understanding of both expectations and job performance.
4. Create a positive workplace environment.
Promote spirit of teamwork and cooperation. Identify the talents of all your team members and determine how they can complement one another by completing different tasks. Recognition of employee achievements, along with encouragement and feedback, leads to increased confidence, commitment, and inspiration for further achievement.