Do you sometimes feel that you’re not getting as much out of your workforce as you used to? Are they listless and unfocused where they used to be enthusiastic? Don’t rush to blame them for this. It’s natural for people to lose some of their interest in tasks they have been doing for a long time. It’s part of your job to keep them motivated – but how should you go about it?
Give them a challenge
People are much more likely to lose interest in their work if they feel that it doesn’t mean anything. As studies of gamification have shown, practically any task can be given meaning in simple ways. Introducing challenges in the workplace makes everyday tasks more interesting, and it’s an ideal way to approach project work. The important thing is to keep it fun, avoid negative pressure (workers shouldn’t feel their jobs depend on it), and make sure different people get to win.
Listen to their ideas
Employees are also much more likely to feel good about their work if they feel properly involved in the business. The single most effective way to do this is to listen to their ideas and, where appropriate, make changes accordingly. This works for everybody, because it’s often the people closest to the day to day processes of the workplace who are best placed to identify ways in which tasks could be carried out more effectively.
Look after their health
Your workers will find it easier to focus on their work and enjoy it if they’re in good health. Simple things like giving them access to fresh water and healthy snacks, letting more natural light into the workplace and creating a nice space for relaxing in during breaks can make a big difference. Using drugs and alcohol workplace testing, followed up by counselling in the case of a positive result, helps to reduce the risk of addictions and unhealthy binges.
Reward them well
There’s no real way of getting around it: pay matters. Employees need to feel that they’re getting paid what they’re worth. There are other things you can do, however, to help make them feel valued. Paying attention to them on a personal level matters a lot, so remember their birthdays and take an interest in what they have to tell you about their home lives. Be as flexible as you can around their personal needs – for instance, by allowing for home working at times.
Why it matters
When your workers feel motivated, they’ll not only be more productive, they’ll also make more effort to produce good quality work. They won’t damage the business by complaining about it after hours, and they’ll also reap personal benefits that have an impact on work: they’ll be less likely to suffer from stress or need time off due to minor illnesses. They’ll contribute with the same enthusiasm that they had when they were newly employed, but with all the skill they’ve developed since, and your business will enjoy a new lease on life.