Even if your employees are generally amazing and dedicated, there are times when motivation levels can slump. Perhaps the quality of work has declined, deadlines are only just being met, or the kind of creativity and verve that you used to see has faded. Whatever the symptoms, combatting demotivation is worth the effort; left to fester, it can have a significant impact on productivity, retention, customer service, and profitability.
Luckily, there’s plenty that you can do about it, starting with the five suggestions below. They can have a huge positive effect on your business, and best of all, many of them are free or highly affordable - plus, if you’ve got a parking space that isn’t used 24/7, you can earn revenue from it to fund them! Find out how much you could earn from your car park by clicking here.
The first step to increasing motivation levels is to find out if there are any underlying problems that are hampering your team’s engagement and productivity. As Officevibe’s website says, ‘you can’t fix the problems you don’t see.’ How to make these hidden issues visible? Just ask.
What motivates people to do great work? Getting paid fairly is one (crucial) part of the equation, but there’s another important element - being recognised in a personal, authentic way for work well done. Recognition lets people know that they’re doing the right thing, and encourages them to continue. On the other hand, if recognition is expected but not given, it can be demotivating, reduce the effort being put into work, and even create resentment.
Recognition also affects self-esteem, our sense of belonging, and our emotional connection with those giving (or withholding) praise. That’s why giving regular, effective recognition is so crucial for maintaining motivation in the workplace.
Here are a few suggestions for recognising great work:
For further tips, see this article - 40 ways to say thank you at work.
When it comes to motivation and engagement, your surroundings make a big difference. Colour, lighting, noise, and layout shouldn’t be overlooked - they can have a significant effect on the mood, concentration, and productivity of your staff. If you want to motivate your team, and keep them motivated for years to come, investing in your workplace is certainly worthwhile.
When Parkable’s NZ office moved from the Auckland CBD to Morningside, we spent a few weekends together decorating and furnishing our new space. The result was a cozy, stylish office that we enjoy spending time in, plus a more tightly bonded team.
Here are our tips based on our own office renovation:
Comfy window seats in the Parkable office
There’s a big difference between being told ‘Just do it’ and having the importance of something explained to you. If you know why you’re doing something, and you care about that ‘why’, you’re far more likely to be motivated to do a good job.
“The number one challenge we see facing managers when they’re trying to motivate their employees is the fact that the managers have not adequately educated their employees on why they’re doing what they’re doing, only what needs to be done. To be motivated, an employee needs to realize the impact of his/her day-to-day work and fully understand how it affects the business as a whole.”
- Ingrid Catlin, Marketing Director at WorkStride
This idea also connects beyond simple directives. It extends all the way to your company’s primary purpose. Having a strong ‘why’ behind your company’s mission will help to motivate every action your team takes.
For Parkable, the ‘why’ is to make parking easy and stress-free, while ensuring that local communities make the best use of their space. This ‘why’ underlies every decision we make, dictates where we will go in the future, and motivates our team to do an amazing job every day.
Integrating the ‘why’ into your day-to-day:
Eating well and exercising regularly has been found to have a huge positive impact on everything from concentration, to energy, to creativity, to memory, to mental health. By giving your team access to healthy food and exercise, you could see a big improvement in performance and motivation. Not only will your staff and their work output benefit, but by showing your team that you care about their wellbeing, you’ll be well on your way to ‘employer of the year’!
Although it may seem like a small benefit, offering shared lunches or free snacks at work can lead to improved staff satisfaction, collaboration, retention, and trust.
Team exercise is another great way to both improve productivity and strengthen bonds. One of the best things about working at Parkable is that we have a weekly yoga class and bootcamp. Not only does the exercise relax and focus the team, but it also provides a chance to interact and support one another outside the office.
Parkable team lunch
If you want to go the extra mile in staff engagement but aren’t sure if your business has the budget, Parkable can help. Even if your business only has one or two underused parking bays, by signing them up on Parkable you could earn enough to pay for some amazing recognition gifts for employees - and if you have a few more bays available, after a couple of months you could easily cover an office revamp, weekly shared lunches, or a free exercise class.
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