It may be more important than ever to consider these 14 motivating tips. The world and workplace have been on a roller coaster the last couple of years. The pandemic changed how we lived and worked and caused many of us to look at the world and workplace differently. And to add to our woes, the economy has been volatile. Even when it seems to be going well, many are waiting for the next shoe to drop. For example, did you think you’d ever be paying this much for a gallon of gas?

The great resignation has left companies short-staffed, and the remaining employees are often asked to do more without added compensation. During these times, morale is more important than ever. Improving morale when people have more responsibilities, raises are non-existent or minimal, and many are concerned about their future, is tough, but you can accomplish it.

First, you must realize not everyone is motivated by the same rewards. Employees may be motivated by recognition, being part of a team, having a boss they can talk to, money, flexible schedules, benefits, etc. You might be surprised by what motivates your team. It can be difficult but don’t give up because employees can be motivated during challenging times.

Where To Begin

The best place to start is to ask employees what motivates them. Sit down with team members one-on-one, hold group discussions, and send out a survey. You might not learn everything you need to know, but it’s a good start.

14 Motivating Tips:

  1. Begin a campaign of catching others doing the right thing, where employees “catch” and mention others and the good thing they did.
  2. We all desire recognition, yet we don’t always do a good job of giving recognition to our team. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard a manager brag on one of their people to find out they’ve never told the employee. Share the love.
  3. You improve morale when you give direction to your team. For example, consistent routines with a clear vision, and a meaningful mission statement, improve morale. Show your team how to get things done, and they will cherish the feeling of accomplishment.
  4. Volunteer to support a charity as a team.
  5. Involve team members in planning. Ask for opinions and advice from employees and use them where applicable.
  6. Supply employees with the tools they need to get their jobs done.
  7. Have an open book policy. Honestly share the state of the organization. Have an open-door policy for your direct reports, then listen to them.
  8. Offer flex schedules, provide time to put the kids on the bus, take a class, etc. Search for additional and non-traditional benefit options.
  9. Offer a performance bonus based on improving net profit — a win-win.
  10. Start a newsletter focused on positives in the organization and recognize employees in every issue of the company newsletter.
  11. Start a “thank you” initiative where employees recognize and thank co-workers.
  12. Leave a positive note on an old school card for a team member or a short handwritten note. Send a card to an employee’s spouse or partner expressing the character trait you admire most about the employee.
  13. Hold an occasional team meeting in an open, “let’s talk” round-table forum.
  14. Create a one-page handout titled “Another Good Job” and recognize all departments and team members involved.

Call To Action

Pick one of the 14 tips, implement it, and let me know how it worked.

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