By Motlagae Konyana
To increase employee productivity and get high engagement, employers should not assume that the salary, the benefits and perks alone will improve productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Employees want to feel valued and appreciated. It is important that the employees feel valued and appreciated as this plays a pivotal role in helping with the growth of the business and a strong, healthy culture helps with the growth of the brand.
In order for your team members to feel valued in the workplace, you should know what they value. Even though there are different people in the workplace – those that just come to work to get by and get their paycheck while others are there to make a difference and have purpose in the business.
These people are easy to identify, says Chief Content Officer at Kaya 959 Mr Neil Johnson. It has been proven that most employees give more prominence on being an integral part of the team, being important to the team, being recognised for hard work, empowered to make a difference, cooperative – constructive feedback and mentorship
Here are simple and fun ways of making your team members feel valued and motivated at work.
Get to know your employees
Schedule more one-on-one interaction with your employees to get to know them. What makes them motivated, what makes them upset and what are they passionate about. This would make motivating and inspiring them easier as you now know them much better. Be intentional with everyday conversations.
Motivate your employees
Showing that you value your workers is a great way to motivating your employees. Pay the employees what they are worth, providing a pleasant and fun environment for workers to be motivated and productive.
“Understand your employees and get to know them as individuals and not as a group of people or a department” Says Johnson. Ensuring that your employees are motivated all the time will increase their productivity and grow the business. And it’s their hard work that will determine the success of the business, ensure that their efforts are celebrated appropriately, be it milestones or completing the project in record time that will bring in revenue.
Empower your employees
“Allow your employees to try out different things and give them a chance to learn other skills” say Johnson. Ask for their input on how they can improve. If you really want to empower and motivate your employees, you need to take their advice and implement it. Encourage self-improvement, when an employee learns a new skill it does benefit the whole company. Encourage employees to share their opinions with you about how they can improve the team or on how projects can be run.
Show appreciation for efforts
A thank you for the good work goes a long way to an employee who wants to make a difference in the business. Show your appreciation, it may seem small but it may mean the world to an employee; words of encouragement to do better as well. You did well with that report our clients are impressed could you kindly lead the reporting for our next client –not only are you empowering your employees but you are also showing appreciation.
Providing incentives is a great motivation booster – these don’t have to be expensive, it could be tickets to the next soccer game or day off for the good work and working during the weekend.
Employees want to be appreciated and valued – and you get the best out of them. What can your employer do to make you feel appreciated and valued? Tweet us @kayafm95dot9 with #KayaOnline.