The Best Ways to Keep Employees Motivated and Engaged

It’s clear that in today’s workforce a competitive salary, bonuses, and good benefits are not enough to equate with job satisfaction. Today’s new generation of workers is looking beyond financial rewards to the intangibles that will make them happy with their work as well as their life in general.

Both young workers and experienced employees alike want to feel that they are part of a team and that their contributions are valued and appreciated. Let’s face it: Happy workers are motivated workers, and motivated workers will maintain high levels of productivity for your organization.

Here are some tips for creating a work environment in which your workers stay happy and motivated. None of these suggestions are the equivalent of reinventing the wheel. Instead, they are common-sense recommendations that all too many managers often forget:

Communicate clearly and frequently. Create a culture where employees feel comfortable communicating with management and managers are constantly looking for ways to ensure that information is reaching workers promptly and effectively. You can accomplish this through regular meetings, memos, face to face, or newsletters.

Give your workers what they need. Make sure each of your employees has the proper training, support, and tools to perform effectively in their role. If you aren’t sure what they need, ask them.

Share your goals with them. Let everyone on your team know what your goals are and what your vision is for the future of the company. By doing this, you ensure that they have a roadmap to join you on the journey.

Be fair and respectful. Use your wisdom and experience to create a supportive environment. Respect and trust your workers, and they will return it in spades. Admit when you are wrong, and apologize when it’s warranted. Your workers will relate to you better, and they will appreciate your honesty.

Get everyone on the same page. Workers will feel a sense of ownership on any project in which they are part of the planning and decision making. Once they are engaged, they will increase their efforts to ensure success.

Be creative to avoid layoffs. Your workers will be motivated if they see you doing your best to retain them. When business slows to the point of possible layoffs, talk to your people about ways to manage the situation while keeping everyone on the job. Those might include temporary cuts in pay and hours. Again, have your employees be part of making the decision when and if possible.

Put incentive programs into practice. Incentive programs have been shown to be highly beneficial in motivating workers. Paying for great performance can result in employees putting forth the maximum effort to meet the target.

Are you ready to hire some motivated employees?

Let us help you. United Personnel has been providing staffing solutions to Western Massachusetts and beyond for over 30 years. We will use our experience and expertise to help you get a strong team on board. Contact us today, and we’ll get started!