19 Sep 2018 | by Gemma Chadwick

Happy employees are productive employees that is why it is so important to motivate employees to want to work hard for a company. Fortunately, there are many simple steps that can be taken to increase motivation amongst employees. Something as simple as saying ‘well done’ can motivate teams and individuals to work harder. Here are Penguins’ top 5 tips on motivating your employees:

  1. Rewards/Incentives

Rewarding an employee for their hard work creates a valuable relationship between employee and employer. When employees are incentivised they are more likely to achieve their goals. Rewards and incentives don’t have to cost the earth, and can range from a £10 voucher to a half day or an incentive travel trip. It is beneficial to have a range of incentives this ensures employees don’t get disheartened and fits the needs and ambitions of a diverse workforce.

  1. Communication

Communication is key. Employees often feel greater loyalty towards a company that communicates well with its staff. Employers should work towards being transparent with their employees, it promotes trust and respect within a team. Decision making should involve employees where possible as it aids buy in from employees and helps employees to feel valued. Good communication fosters a good relationship between employer and employee helping to provide a motivated workforce.

  1. Opportunities

Creating opportunities to advance and develop employees motivates them to work harder. If there are clear routes of progression with a company, employees will feel inspired to achieve. Individuals often feel as though they are adding value to a company whilst also advancing their careers. Development gives employees the impression that the company is investing in them.

  1. Lead by example

A strong leader is vital for motivating employees. If an employer leads by example and behaves how they want their employees to behave, employees will feel more motivated to act accordingly. If an employer shows excitement about the company’s goals, the employees are more likely to mimic the excitement. Positivity breeds positivity.

  1. Work-life balance

Having a strong work-life balance is important for any working environment and when an employer understands that, the more motivated employees will be. For example, an employee needs to leave early to pick up a child from school – they are allowed to work flexibly to accommodate this; the employee doesn’t feel stressed and appreciates the allowance. A culture that prioritises a work-life balance yields increased productivity and overall happiness in the workplace.

Gemma Chadwick

By Gemma Chadwick

Gemma began her career in events back in 2002 when she joined Penguins as an events manager. Since then Gemma has risen through the ranks and taken on greater involvement in the general running of the business. She officially moved away from event operations in 2016 where she assumed the role of Business and HR Manager.More articles by Gemma Chadwick