Your employees are not mindless drones, turning up to work each day to keep your company running like clockwork. They are not just the means to an end to build your companies profits. If you treat them as such, they are going to stop caring about what it is they do. They are going to stop caring about your business. And they are going to stop caring about you! In short, they are going to lose motivation, and possibly damage your business as a consequence, through shoddy work and idle gossip about your attitude towards them.
Therefore, you need to be a better boss. You need to care for them more. And by doing so, you will motivate them into being a better employee for you. Now, you could do this by offering a raise in their pay packet or taking them out for expensive meals using your business profits, but such grand gestures are not always needed. You see, it’s the small things you do that will motivate your employees.
Treating them as individuals, remembering their names, and recognising their achievements. It’s about smiling at them and saying hello when they pass you in the corridor. It’s about saying ‘well done’ when they have done something worthwhile. It’s about saying ‘thank you’ to show you are happy with their service to your company. And it’s about letting them know that you see them, not as an ID number, but as a human being who is worthy of praise and recognition.
Inspiring them through your example, passing down your knowledge to your coworkers through the ethos presented by Steve Trautman. It’s about rolling up your sleeves to let your staff know that you aren’t afraid of getting your hands dirty. It’s about showing respect and kindness in the way you respond to your employees and with others. It’s about doing anything that will convince your employees that you are a good and worthy boss, with the respect they gain for you giving them the impetus to be better people themselves, in all aspects of their lives.
Having a sense of fun in the workplace, finding ways make your employees enjoy their day, rather than see it as a 9 to 5 grind. It’s about making time for banter around the drinks fountain. It’s about sending your staff the occasional funny email. It’s about improving their break room to help them let off steam. And it’s about showing your staff that you’re not always Mr. Serious Business, as you have a human (and funny) side too.
Showing you care for them, on a day-to-day basis. It’s about having conversations with them that go beyond work duties. It’s about knowing areas in which they are struggling and trying to help them. It’s about listening to them when they come to you with a problem or a suggestion. It’s about having an holistic approach to your employee’s wellbeing. It’s about being a good and kindly boss who has a heart of compassion, and not a heart of stone.
It’s the small things you do that will motivate your employees, and we have given you a snapshot of what you could be doing today. Let us know if you have any further ideas, through your experience as an employer or an employee. Take care, and thanks for reading!
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