There is no denying that receiving a good paycheck at the end of the week (or semi-monthly, depending on the pay cycle) is important to most employees. However, studies show that there may be more to motivation than just competitive compensation. We’ll cover some of the alternative ways companies are helping their teams stay on track.
Encourage Physical Activity
Many companies have developed fitness programs to ensure that their employees can stay balanced and find a way to recharge. Whether it is providing a gym in the building, hiring yoga instructors, or installing a ping-pong table, being able to move around after long periods of sitting is crucial for productivity. According to scientific research, physical exercise can help stimulate areas of your brain that lead to better performance.
Allow Work Flexibility
Often times, allowing employees to have a say on their projects can be great for motivation. It makes them feel that they have the freedom to work on things that matter to them, which in turn, will lead to better performance. Also, giving your teams the option to choose where they work and when they work can have similar effects.
Although paying attention to milestones such as birthdays and work anniversaries may seem like an obvious way to keep teams motivated, many companies are often too busy to give them the attention they deserve. Other milestones that can be celebrated include major projects that were successfully completed and even new ideas that were pitched but didn’t necessary make the cut. The important thing to remember is that we all want to feel special and recognizing those seemingly small moments may lead to a greater payoff in the end.
Create Open Dialogue
Employees often feel empowered when they are given the chance to express their opinions. By adopting different methods of providing feedback, your company will be able to learn a lot about its teams and how they are feeling. It’s important to ask for feedback on a frequent basis, both company-wide and individually, as it will help guide future improvements.
Sure, it would be great if you could motivate your team by providing free food prepared by gourmet chefs on a daily basis (the way that some billion dollar companies do). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t more affordable ways to show your employees that you care. You can choose from the suggestions above or get creative with your team.
About the Author
Nana Dooreck, founder of Rubicore, has worked to improve people management through recruitment, learning and development and performance feedback. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.Tags: creative motivation, motivate employees