How to Motivate Employees

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Health Assured team

09 September 2019

The level of commitment, energy and creativity displayed by your staff members during the working day is employee motivation.

Having a workforce that isn’t motivated can have a detrimental effect on your business, not to mention the harm it can do to workplace morale.

In this guide, we’ll explain why it’s important to keep your employees motivated and talk you through the various forms of motivation for employees.


The benefits of highly motivated employees

A well-motivated team can work wonders for your business. It means your staff are committed to their work and enjoy what they do.

But why is this so good for your business? Well, motivation determines behaviour, so your employees’ productivity is the result of not just their skills and experience, but also how motivated they are.

You could have a very talented staff member who feels de-motivated, and this can greatly harm how well they perform.

There are several advantages to high employee motivation, including:

  • Increased productivity.
  • Decreased absenteeism.
  • Lower staff turnover levels.
  • A good reputation for your business (this makes the recruitment process a lot smoother!).


What’s the difference between employee engagement and motivation?

It’s easy to confuse motivation with engagement, but they’re not quite the same thing.

An employee could be engaged in a task, but not fully absorbed in it because they have a feeling of obligation to get it done, rather than having a desire to do it. If they’re motivated, they will actively want to get their teeth into the task.


What motivates employees the most?

One of the biggest contributors to high employee motivation is job satisfaction.

The way your staff feel about their job and working environment have a huge impact on how motivated they are. The more satisfied there are within their role, the more productive they’re likely to be.

Other factors that encourage motivation among employees are:

  • Career advancement: those who want to excel in their career are more likely to have the drive to perform well.
  • Stability: most people want a guaranteed stable future, so many will be motivated to work hard in order to ensure this.
  • Financial gain: The incentive of pay increases is a huge motivating factor.
  • Recognition: everyone likes to receive acknowledgement for a job well done, so this is where the managers’ role in motivating employees comes into play.


How to improve employee morale and motivation

There are many ways to motivate employees to perform well at work. These include:

Increasing your employees’ involvement

This is a great way to encourage staff to care about your business as much as you do, whilst at the same time boosting their morale.

You can do this by:

  • Giving your employees more responsibility: if staff feel the work they do and decisions they make have a direct impact on your business, that can increase motivation. Just be careful to avoid workplace stress from giving your teams too much responsibility.
  • Planning social activities: this will help your employees feel more connected to the company, as well as encouraging friendships among colleagues.


Boosting their self-esteem

Work performance can reflect how employees feel about themselves. For example, if a staff member is proud of their job, they’re likely to produce high-quality work. On the other hand, those with a bad self-image might not perform to the best of their ability.

There are several ways you can boost self-esteem in the workplace, such as:

  • Recognise both professional and personal successes.
  • Encourage employees to teach their colleagues about a particular skill or process they do well, for example by running a lunch and learn session.
  • Pay for staff to attend conferences or training courses that would complement their skills.


Recognition and reward

Having the incentive of a reward is a great motivational factor. Here are some fun ways to motivate employees through recognition and reward:

  • Implement a reward system whereby employees get a prize for meeting an achievement at work, for example, an ‘Employee of the Month’ competition.
  • Actively recognise when an employee has performed well and let them know about it, either by sharing it with the wider team or by just sending a congratulatory email.
  • Setting a positive tone in the office.
  • Starting workplace traditions, such as an annual sports day or office awards ceremony.


Expert advice

Contact Health Assured today for guidance and support on keeping your employees motivated and happy. Call us on 0844 892 2493

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