— April 4, 2019
What organization doesn’t want the rewarding benefits of having motivated employees? From employees who are searching for the individual retirement account (IRA) to rack up for retirement, to both new and old ones, there is always room to improve the flow of productivity within your business. In improving productivity, employers have to consider three things before creating a new action plan. Figuring out new ways to improve means narrowing down what workplace efforts of engagement truly looks like, and reading these new ways to motivate your team will make the difference.
1. Responsiveness Equals Productivity
Most employees will judge a company by its responsiveness. This means the level of responsiveness from an employer, whether it be high or low, is a sign of how employees are going to interact with both the employer and their job responsibilities. Responsiveness doesn’t correlate only to verbal communication, but it also refers to the access of resources employees need to complete their tasks. Keeping employees engaged in the purpose of the company is also a major part of the communicative process–let your employees know the reason behind the company’s purpose, as well as the reason they’re pursuing certain responsibilities, and this will solidify the meaning of their work and teamwork.
- Every Instrument Matters
Employees are the most valuable assets in a business, and being aware that each employee possesses a different quality than the last is crucial in understanding the value of your team. What happens when one instrumentalist of an orchestra is playing an incorrect chord? The entire orchestra lacks synchronicity. Think of your workplace employees as instruments, your means to synchronicity, and let them know that without them, your curated music isn’t the same even if only one chord is incorrect.
- Challenge The Mundane
Challenging the mundane tasks doesn’t mean you have to make them less boring, and it doesn’t mean you should get rid of them, it means making these tasks more worthwhile. Making schedules, paying bills, planning projects and budgeting are not the first things a lot of us look forward to accomplishing during the day, but helping employees to understand the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ can give them the boost they need for consistency. It’s one thing to hire someone because they have the skill set to get the job done, but it’s another thing to hire them because they can relate to the reasoning behind the job, in other words, they need to know what they’re achieving to succeed.
2. Elders Are The Backbone of Engagement
Some organizations have older employees who, yes are retiring, but feel their places of work are overlooking their contributions. Many employers assume that elders aren’t compatible with younger generations, when in fact, older employees don’t want to stop giving their best at a job in which they’ve dedicated sacrificial hours. Elders supply a never-ending list of strengths, which means they, too, can bring valuable new approaches to your business and be a guide for the younger employees.
For example, if you work in the world of fast-paced online stock trading brokerages, don’t overlook the feedback elder employees have on the service. Though they are not the most technologically advanced, they are likely more informed on what the traders are looking for in terms of features and tools than younger generations just earning their first round of paychecks.
3. Move Compensation Down The List
If one thing is clear, it’s that money isn’t the driving force behind everything humans do. Many people in organizations are creative, they use problem-solving skills, and they can do all of those things without money. This can also relate to challenging the mundane because employees want to see depth behind the purpose of their work. Employees want to know there’s security when it comes to being a part of your business, and that they’re being challenged, and challenges are a leader in motivated productivity.