Companies believe that monetary rewards such as bonuses or raise is enough to keep an employee motivated.Time off and a hefty paycheck might sound like the way to employees hearts. However, these days employees are motivated by something other than a paycheck with overall workplace happiness affected by so many factors. Factors which keep employees engaged makes it easier to implement the following non-monetary motivators.
Public Employee Recognition
Many employees dream that their managers will finally recognize all their efforts and hard work with a simple pat on the back or by thanking them in public.Recognition encourages employees to repeat good performances. Managers can easily overlook how hard their employees work and neglect to show their gratitude. If you haven’t taken time to thank your team, do it now. It is important for a company to witness, approve and appreciate positive contributions of the employees, making them realize that they are being noticed and that their works are valued.
Taking ideas from employees increases employee engagement because humans have an innate need to feel that their actions and ideas make a difference. It is one of the ways a company can encourage innovation is by making sure that ideas are heard and great ideas are implemented in the correct direction for development. Employees work best and there is an increase in productivity when they believe that their input is considered and taken seriously. Proper recognition of those who want to improve even the most boring of tasks is a must. Managers need to interact with the employees to nurture leadership skills, innovation, and a positive corporate culture. Team leaders who practice interactive listening lessen the likelihood of unproductive meetings because employees are eager to solve problems, knowing that their ideas are heard.
In big companies it’s difficult for a manager to involve themselves in every employee’s personal life. Yet, neglecting your employees can have serious consequences and increase your turnover rate. Instead of sitting in your cabin and managing a team from your desk, you can walk around and see what’s going on. It’s not exercise; it is to engage with the people, to understand not only their work environment and challenges but them as a person. Walking around will help you become a better decision-maker. The interpersonal relationships that you make are Invaluable. Know your employees. It’s one thing to look at statistics, numbers and reports, but understanding your people are equally important. Understand their skill set, competencies, fears and level of comfort around certain areas.By creating a hierarchy, you can prevent any employee from feeling left out or any manager from becoming too overwhelmed from listening to employee concerns. This can help you to create a positive environment for employees to work.The idea is to set up specific time intervals for management to ask employees about workplace happiness, career goals, and personal development, rather than continuously gathering this type of information.