For any small business, keeping your team motivated will mean increased productivity and long term loyalty too. Having staff members that stick around means less training costs for you. It also means you can build a rapport with your workers and be assured that you are all on the same page when it comes to company goals and direction.
So, how can you prevent workers from getting distracted or being burnt out? How can you keep them motivated so that productivity is kept at its peak? Read on for the top 3 ways to motivate your team.
1. Encourage digital use management
There is evidence that suggests that businesses are losing billions of pounds every year from smartphone use. Workers are distracted and concentration is fragmented. There is also evidence to suggest that smartphone use can increase anxiety too. Encourage social media use to be used at break times only. Also, have a designated “email time” where staff can check emails and respond to them without it taking up all their work hours..
2. Share inspiration
Depending on your business and what it involves, it is important to keep things fresh. The worst thing that can happen is that things can feel stagnant. It is the perfect environment for motivation to drop and productivity to fail. You could send daily or weekly inspiration to your employees, the way ordinary people have transformed their lives and achieved success in their industries can help elevate their own aspirations. In addition, you can also have an “inspirational wall” where employees can share inspiration with each other too.
3. Promote healthy habits
Offices are notorious for chocolates, biscuits and sticky doughnuts. The fact is high carb and high sugar snacking can actually result in lethargic and sluggish feelings. While you may not want to be the dull boss that takes away the treats, you can encourage healthier snacking habits on a day to day basis and keep sweet treats for special occasions such as birthdays.
For some workplaces, they may also offer modest snack budgets and provide healthy snacks such as fruit and nuts. In addition, you may consider short office-based “exercises” to prevent the postprandial drop in the afternoon.
Keeping your team motivated will have great results on your productivity levels. Keeping a tab on social media and smartphone use, inspiring your staff to keep revising their goals and expectations and promoting healthy habits will all go some way to keeping your business on the road to success.