We’ve all heard the old saying, but in the rewards and recognition world, it couldn’t be truer. You cannot hand an employee a check and expect him or her to work harder; it doesn’t work that way. Numerous studies conducted by McKinsey and Aberdeen, among others, highlight the importance and effectiveness of non-cash incentives and choice compared to direct financial motivators.
As a company that specializes in the Science of Motivation™, we understand that it takes more than an annual bonus to create satisfied, motivated, and engaged workers around the clock. By ensuring that your employees are invested in their work and not just going through the daily motions, you can promote a stronger sense of worker loyalty and engagement. It’s about creating a sustainable, productive work environment, not just a temporary “worker’s high.”
Here are a few meaningful ways to get your employees motivated again:
1) Positive Work Environment
This is crucial. Workplace conditions are a huge factor in employee engagement. Some companies like Google even design their offices with employee satisfaction in mind; take a look here. The typical 9-5 gig is up. Americans are now spending more and more time at the office than ever before with less vacation days- so it only makes sense that they should feel comfortable while they are working. While you don’t have to integrate an on-site bowling alley or a life size chess set to boost employee engagement, consider investing in company provided snacks or comfortable office chairs.
2) Give Opportunity for Growth
If employees feel like they’re stuck where they are, then it’s unlikely that they will be motivated to work harder. By providing employees with a clear path or corporate ladder toward reaching their goals, you can inspire them to give 100% and achieve greater success. Consider scheduling monthly one-on-one meetings with your employees to discuss their organizational aspirations. Not only can you help them create a plan of action and reach personal or professional objectives, but you can also show that you care on an individual level.
3) Appreciate Employees and Their Work
If you work hard, you should get recognized. Make sure you’re doing just that for your employees. Go above and beyond annual reviews and bonuses; consider implementing an employee recognition program that rewards workers for accomplishing promotional goals set by management. By offering employees a platform that tracks goal completion and offers an online catalog of rewards, you can create a work environment that focuses on productivity, motivation, and loyalty.
The bottom line is: employees need to know they are valued assets to your organization. By implementing these tactics designed to create an environment of employee recognition and engagement, your organization may well be on its way to a more motivated, productive, and successful 2015!
About the Author
Jeff Ford is a co-founder of Perks and was the original architect of Perk’s SaaS incentive solution. Since the inception of the company, he has spearheaded the direction of everything from IT to Operations to Finance. He is passionate about technology and how the web has truly changed how we work and motivate our employees, partners and customers. Jeff’s background, prior to Perks, was spent as a solution architect, web developer and as a controller in the distribution and logistics industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, from the University of Central Arkansas. He brings his dog Xee to work every day and considers himself lucky and proud to be a part of such a great team.More Content by Jeff Ford