Ronn Torossian, CEO, 5WPR
The leader of a business can either make or break the day for their employees. Although individuals can make their own decisions about whether they’re proud of their work or not, many of us will turn to our managers for reassurance that we’re doing a good job. As such, leaders are crucial for building motivation and positive morale in their workplace environment. Everything from their expression, to their body language, can influence the people they employ.
When employees feel valued by their supervisor, the benefit is higher motivation and better morale. Feeling valued is something that everyone wants in their career. However, it’s important for leaders to know how to properly motivate their staff without just giving constantly positive feedback.
One of the most important things that managers can remember about motivation, is that it comes in many different forms. A lot of leaders overlook the importance of motivation in the workplace because they assume that the only way to show their staff that they value them is with a promotion or monetary reward. While financial benefits can be a great thing for employees to enjoy, they’re also looking for more than just cash from their managers.
Leaders must remember that people just want to feel appreciated in their jobs. The more appreciated we feel, the easier it is to see that we’re having the right impact in our workplace. An employee who never gets any kind of positive feedback, or even negative criticism – won’t know how to improve their performance.
Sometimes as simple as powerful motivational words like “you’re doing a good job” can be enough for managers to let their employees know that they’re on the right track.
Another crucial thing to remember about motivation is that it needs to have a consistent presence in the workplace. A lot of managers assume that all they need to do is stamp a “Good job” at the end of each annual employee review and they’ll benefit from more engaged and satisfied workers. However, the truth is that today’s staff need regular feedback to improve their performance.
A weekly meeting, a note sent out around employees, or a quick “thank you” in person can be enough to keep employees engaged and motivated. Managers need to implement time into their schedule to give their teams the information they need to perform well in their roles. While some teams will need more feedback than others, the only way for a leader to figure out which schedule works, is to speak to their employees.
Finally, it’s important to remember that motivation isn’t just about telling people when they do a good job – it’s also about helping them to learn from their mistakes. When an employee knows that their performance has been slipping lately, a message from a manager along with a discussion about how performance could be improved can be the key to getting teams back on track.
Employees need fair criticism and support if they’re going to grow.