Employees are the backbone of a company. This may sound cliché, but a good pay does not secure a dedicated employee to their seats. Money is a primary extrinsic motivation for employees; they are expected to be paid accordingly after contributing to the company’s increasing revenue.
Intrinsic motivation is driven by internal rewards such as satisfaction which caters to human nature. What drives them as employees other than monetary value?
Monetary rewards for a worker are through compensation offered by the employer. However, White Couples, writers for Entrepreneur stated that compensation is not effective in the long run, as it ends the employer’s motivation once they receive it.
Special benefits other than medical insurance and maternity or paternity leave include performance bonuses, vacations or company trips, and platforms to develop their career path.
When an employee has reached his or her key performance index or secured a huge project that benefits the company greatly, celebrate him or her! It does not need to involve hoisting or popping confetti but he or she should be acknowledged and recognized as part of the winning team.
In addition, it also sends a message that the company is doing well, thanks to their contributions. Business Daily stated that “85 percent of workers surveyed felt more motivated to do their best when an incentive was offered, and 73 percent described the office atmosphere as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ during an incentive period.”
A well-decorated and conducive office is crucial for maximising productivity, creativity and motivating employees to do work. The physical layout needs to be ergonomic, which cares for the physical well-being of the employees.
According to statistics by Ergonomic Plus, the average adult spends 50-70% of the day sitting at work. Ecotherapy, also known as green or natural therapy involves providing employees with greenery, fresh air (an air purifier would work) and nutritious food in the pantry. Be creative in designing your office!
After all the physical motivators are in place, do not forget the mental health of your employee. Provide them with positive feedback on their work and provide guidance for the problems they are facing. Remind them that they are not alone. Get the employees to know each other well to grow mutual respect and ask their opinions. Tell him or her to catch a break once in awhile if they appear to need one.
Empathy is what puts people at ease. Knowing that they are important and appreciated with even a simple gesture such as a “thank you” and treating them with good food is a nice way of showing support, and acknowledges that they are not just an employee but also a human being.
Big or small, employees are the company’s main contributors and serve as their backbone. A job is not just a routine to acquire money in its entirety. It is a career, a platform for them to grow and expand their capabilities as an employee with expertise and personal development.
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