You finally have your dream team in place. You’ve hired the “rock stars” -  people with stellar backgrounds and proven track records, and on paper, they are poised to contribute to take your business to the next level. And, to their credit, your team started strong.

But lately … not so much. The frustrating thing is that you know how good they can be, you’ve seen them at their best …

So, there’s good news and bad news. First, the bad news: Your team lacks motivation. The good news: This is an entirely fixable problem.

As a business owner, you need to maximize revenue and increase productivity, which means your need your staff to work as efficiently as possible. Motivation is what gets an employee through the door every morning, keeps them committed to doing great work and inspires them to continuously go above and beyond.

To get you off to a good start, we have a few expert ideas on how to motivate your employees:

  • Create an awe-inspiring work environment. Motivation and mood go hand in hand. It makes sense to invest in a work environment where people actually want to spend their time. (crazy, we know!) Make sure that all equipment is well functioning and that the space is light and airy. Add a few plants and some artwork, voila!
  • Feed them. Nobody works well when they’re “hangry”. Stock the office fridge with healthy snacks and drinks.
  • Offer flexibility. In a Forbes study 46% of respondents said that flexibility is the most important factor when it comes to job searching. 86% of companies on Forbes’ “Best Companies to Work For” list offered some form of flexible schedule. You want to be viewed as a progressive employer, right?
  • Offer a competitive benefits package, also provide financial incentives such as bonuses and stock options.
  • Provide productivity tools. Provide opportunity to grow within the company, let them know there’s room for advancement by providing tuition and stimulation.
  • Get their input … then apply it where possible. Let them know that you value their input.
  • Recognise their contributions. Let them know how much they are valued.
  • Get off their backs. Hand the project over, be available for questions, but don’t micromanage.
  • Reward high performers with gift cards, days off or early release.
  • Get to know your employees personally. Find out what makes them tick, that’ll clue you into what you could do to motivate and reward them.
  • Be creative. Have an office full of young professionals? Organise happy hour or arrange a food truck for an unexpected lunch.

A business is only as strong as its employees. Turns out that a positive workplace is the basic element that will get your business to the top.

Whether your company is currently at the top of its game or on the way up, employee motivation remains of critical importance.

Good luck!

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