If you are a business owner, you have probably faced before with low employee morale and motivation.
If this is the case, there are a few steps you can take to make some improvements in these areas, and they probably aren’t what you are thinking. Many employers feel that throwing money at the issue with incentives, bonuses, and raises will make an employee motivated and build a better morale. The real answer has nothing to do with that because although money does help in the short term, it’s not a long term solution.
Employees are people just like you, and the most important thing people want is to be recognized for what they have done and their achievements. If people are recognized for their accomplishments in your business, they will feel part of your team. They will feel that the whole team recognizes the hard work they’ve put into their specific area of expertise. The other area is accountability or a sense of ownership for their work. This is important because if a person has absolutely no ownership and no responsibility in what they do or the services they provide, the quality of work will be affected because there is no a real motivation which at the end may cause an even lower morale.
As stated before, employees want to be recognized for the hard work they have put into their jobs. By presenting employee recognition pins, the employee is recognized not only by his superiors but by the rest of the team as well. This is a very effective method to boost morale and to raise employee motivation. Moreover, there is something else that makes this route even better, and that is a little but healthy competition among employees.
On the other hand, when an employee is given a task for which they don’t have accountability and therefore they are not going to be recognized, it may lead to a poor quality performance mainly because they won’t have a desire to excel and do the best they can.
Now, if you change the perspective and tell the employee that the particular project they are working on is their “baby” and that the project rises or falls on the work they do, you will see some immediate changes in morale. Top that off, with the possibility of being praised with employee recognition pins and you will discover changes within the workplace you never thought possible.
Employees are no different than anyone else, which means regardless of the amount of money you throw at them, if they are not recognized or appreciated in some way, they will lose morale and motivation will simply be left in the parking lot.
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