Maintaining employee motivation at a high level is not an easy thing, but it is necessary to keep productivity within the organization. Moreover, satisfaction at work is the one that maintains retention of those people who, through their ideas and the way in which they perform their duties, bring benefits to the entire company. Unfortunately, recent studies have shown that many people become unhappy and dissatisfied with their work and they even get to the point where they hate it. In such cases, the leaders are the ones who must take actions to prevent irreversible loss of employees’ enthusiasm, to inspire and to make them come to work with pleasure.
Most people who lose interest in activities at work and who feel that they no longer belong to what they do every day need to be inspired by an idea, a concept, to find reasons to do their jobs with pleasure again. The monthly salary that everyone receives helps people satisfy their basic financial needs, as in paying the bills and buy food or entertainment leisure, but most times money is not enough for making them happy. Beyond this, you need an environment where employees feel it’s worth the effort to come, give their best; building and maintaining such an environment must start with the leaders.
A Friendly Atmosphere and a Smart-Decorated Space
Even though not all individuals respond to the same stimuli, there are some practical ways through which we can inspire employees and help them feel better at work. They spend a considerable number of hours at work, and the way space is decorated can cause them to feel well or not, to want to go out more often or leave home as soon as possible. A more airy place, having as much as possible natural light, a comfortable temperature, and relaxing areas are things that help most people to collaborate more efficiently with those who share this space with them.
Walls can be decorated with panels and employees could be encouraged to put pictures of the team or motivational quotes, and decorative plants can beautify workspace. The walls around or the image on the window are the first places to look at when trying to find an idea or free our minds. Decorative elements that enrich the space where we are we can help more than a white and empty wall. A good idea could be an area where you can prepare and drink coffee or organizing a day per week or month when the company provides employees fruits or some snacks.
Getting to Know Workers and Celebrating Special Days
No matter how busy the managers’ and team leaders’ schedule is and how many other responsibilities they have, they should take the time to know the employees and build lasting relationships with them. A successful initiative may be setting a "coffee break" of one of the leaders to spend some separate time with an employee. This thing could be an opportunity for people who would like to open themselves, to talk about other things than work, but also to express some concerns or complaints related to the work environment. In turn, the leader can address topics related to everyday life, or he can ask the employee if he feels integrated or if he is unhappy with something.
Activities involving socialization are also a factor that improves overall mood, and the organization’s management should take advantage of national holidays or occasions such as Halloween to get employees to know each other better. They could be encouraged to bring their partner and children to such events organized by the company on holidays. Do not forget that all these initiatives are even more efficient when leaders are more involved and regularly send motivational messages to employees, integrate short stories or quotes in the emails they send, they are constant in their actions and communicate efficiently with the staff.
BIA HR TEAM