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Few things are more disruptive to organizational efficiency than an unmotivated workforce. If you have employees who are constantly at odds with management, or a management team that doesn’t listen to employees, it can effectively bring your entire business to its knees or at least lead to a high turnover rate. Here are some ways to properly motivate your workforce.
Employee communication needs to go both ways. While management is often quite good at explaining their own ideas, managers should always listen to their employees’ ideas. Employees constantly tell their bosses and other managers what’s going on and frequently come up with ideas for improvement. If those ideas are ignored, you have an unmotivated workforce who is not engaged with your business. That doesn’t encourage people to report problems, and it encourages people to leave as well.
Consistency is key to good employee motivation. A manager who changes his mind repeatedly is not providing a consistent front for his workforce, and it makes it hard for employees to know what the manager wants. This, naturally, means that it’s hard to make instant decisions, which demotivates people to act with initiative. Acting consistently ensures that your employees can respond to problems without excessive input, making your job easier and your employees happier.
One of the hardest things for many managers is to know when to let go. Micromanaging is a quick way to diminish employee motivation as they lose the ability to make their own decisions. While people do occasionally make bad decisions, trust in your employees, and they’ll ensure you have to do less work and they’ll be better motivated. You may have to clean up the odd mess, but as they learn, they’ll improve, which lets you concentrate on more important things.
Some managers don’t communicate well, and this can lead to employee dissatisfaction. If you want to enjoy positive employee relations, you need to communicate with your employees regularly. Other managers go the other way and over communicate. This means that every meeting is extended and often becomes viewed as a massive waste of time, which discourages employees and decreases employee motivation, leading to a general feeling of management incompetence. In this case, you need to stick to an agenda and be brief. Don’t let a meeting run over because you’re trying to use it as a brainstorm session as well. Instead, let your employees come to you as they come up with ideas during the day, and encourage them to work at their own pace.
Fostering positive employee relations involves effective employee communication, ensuring that employees have some autonomy to make decisions and providing a consistent approach. Lacking any of these factors may demotivate employees and create high turnover, costing your business money.
In over 25 years of helping companies connect with their employees, Jennifer has gained a unique perspective on what it takes to build a culture of engagement. By blending a deep understanding of labor and employee relations with powerful digital marketing knowledge, Jennifer has helped thousands of companies achieve behavioral change at a cultural level.