Whether you’ve just started your small business or you’ve had an established company for years, you know that your employees are one of the most valuable parts of your business. It’s important that you show your employees how much you appreciate them since this encourages them to do their best in the workplace. Encouragement is also helpful for employees who may be experiencing job-related or personal stress. If you’re looking for ways to motivate your employees, here are a few ideas you may want to try.
An Awards Ceremony
Once a quarter, you can host an awards ceremony in-person or virtually. Provide employee recognition awards in the form of a small desk trophy or certificate for workers based on their specific accomplishments. For instance, you can reward an employee for not missing a day of work all quarter and offer an award to another employee for meeting sales goals throughout the quarter. You can also give awards to employees who have done a great job achieving a work-life balance to show workers that you value the fact that they have to care for their families while holding down a job.
You can conclude the awards ceremony with a meal everyone can share or with a specialty dessert everyone can indulge in.
Provide Leadership Opportunities
One of the ways you can encourage your employees to give their best in the workplace is to allow them to take the lead on certain projects. This requires learning the strengths of your employees and allowing them to lead in areas where they are proficient.
When you allow your workers to thrive in leadership roles, you may motivate them to set new career goals for themselves and become more motivated to accomplish important tasks within their departments. Thank your employees by publicly acknowledging their efforts and giving them a small gift such as a gift card for online shopping or an extra day off work.
Establish an Open Door Policy
You can encourage your employees by letting them know your door is always open. Be the type of leader that makes your team feel comfortable discussing issues or concerns with you. Set up regular meetings for your employees to provide suggestions that would make the workday more efficient or bring in more profits from the company.
Employees who know that you value their opinions and are interested in what they have to say are more productive. By doing this, you can foster a positive environment that motivates your team to come to work every day and do their best.
Have Contests (and Give Prizes)
A little friendly competition is healthy in the workplace. If you’ve got a big project coming up, create a contest for your employees to see who can reach their sales goals or come up with the most creative marketing idea in a designated time frame. At the end of the contest, give out prizes such as a gift card to a local coffee shop or a catered breakfast for the employee’s department. You can also mention the contest winners in your company blog or newsletter.
Whether you decide on elaborate prizes for your employees or want to give a small token of your appreciation, you can use the contest to keep your employees encouraged and more at ease in the work environment.
Include a Meal with Meetings
Most people don’t enjoy meetings, especially in the middle of the workday when it’s especially challenging to maintain concentration. You can encourage your employees to participate in important meetings if you provide a meal for them to enjoy. This keeps employees from having to spend money on lunch and allows them to engage more in the meeting. After all, who doesn’t love free food? As you’re planning for your meeting, send a group email or text to see what type of food everyone would prefer and choose a restaurant that offers entrees your team can enjoy.
The small gesture shows your employees that you know that some of the necessary aspects of the job can be overwhelming, and you’re willing to make meetings and brainstorming sessions easier.
Try one or more of these suggestions when you want to make sure your employees are performing at their best. Your employees are people first, with families and personal obligations, and foster a work environment that shows your team just how important you are to them.