What can leaders do to create an environment that motivates employees?

What can leaders do to create an environment that motivates employees?

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Summary

As an employer, it’s one of your responsibilities to create an environment that motivates employees. So focus on respect, the atmosphere in which your employees work, wall space, food, celebrating even small successes, and on getting to know your employees. It can also help to organise social events with your team, and to offer an optional bonus.

An increasing number of companies is creating benefit packages to motivate employees. But this is not a phenomenon occurring in your millennial-friendly unicorns such as Facebook or Google, or growth start-ups like MOO, TransferWise, Bloom & Wild and more. It is SMEs and many large corporations that have started putting their employees’ wellbeing on top of their priority list. And it is not surprising! Having happy employees is like having a solid foundation when you are building a house (so an absolute necessity). But what should you do to make your employees happy and satisfied?

 

Let’s have a look at a list of things (many of which you can change today) to help you with this task.

1.    Atmosphere

  • We generally spend most of our day in the office so it is imperative to make it as friendly and pleasant to spend time there as possible. The most obvious move is to make the space you share comfortable and set for collaboration.
  • Do not cram to much furniture in the space – light and breezy is the motto to go by.
  • Temperature, access to natural light, flowers, quality of air, if possible have a relaxing/chill out area too. A nice touch is to drop an orange essential oil into the office humidifier on a stressful day, and magic will happen. 

2.    Wall space

  • Employees will spend a considerable amount of time staring at the wall – make sure you catch their attention and motivate them to concentrate again (use your company values, mission or performance).

3.    Food!

4.    Get to know your employees

  • Developing strong relationships with your employees is beneficial both ways. They feel more motivated to work for you. When something is not going well you will be able to understand why if you know them as people. Equally, starting an open and meaningful conversation with your employees is a great beginning of a high performing team.

5.    Celebrate your team’s success

  • Go for a drink or meal after work if something went well or at the end of a project.

6.    Social events

  • Schedule a couple of social events in the calendar so you get to know your employees outside the office. At the same time, your employees will get to know each other (sample activities – lunch outside the office, bowling evening, cooking class, wine tasting, pub quiz, a sporting activity – yoga, Pilates, jazz club visit, days away, charity days…etc.)

7.    Optional bonus

  • Having a bonus works for some people but does not for others. It is up to you to experiment with what works the best for your team.

8.    Goals & support

  • Understand your employees’ future career development and help them towards their goals however you can.

9.    Respect

  • Respect your employees and listen to them. Their ideas, concerns, problems…you name it, are important. Listening is an integral part of the job of a leader.

10. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

11. Praise a job well done.

 

Hope you found this helpful. If you have your own set of ideas on how to engage employees or any other topic and would like to write something for our blog – please get in touch.

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