Some might say that building a team of industry superstars is a sure-fire route to success. However, while a talented ensemble of employees is crucial for companies striving to fulfil lofty aspirations, it’s fundamental that an inspirational working environment is provided, to allow a team to perform to their maximum potential.
According to a study by recruitment company CV-Library, 55.6% of the UK workforce has grown disillusioned with work, with reasons such as poor company culture lack of progression, and a monotonous daily routine cited.
A workplace void of enthusiasm and verve to succeed can halt company progression, as well as the development of employees. Therefore, it’s staff members must be provided with a sense of self-worth and inspiration from their senior counterparts.
By adopting a positive mindset, companies can enhance productivity and generate higher levels of efficiency. Conversely, if an employee doesn’t feel supported or motivated within the workplace, then they will prove detrimental and a drain on company resources.
“My Company is Hitting Its Targets; Why Do I Need to Motivate My Employees?”
There is a widespread belief that positive results are the sole constituents of a successful company. However, the mark of true managerial success is often reflected in staff morale within an organisation.
If team members aren’t inspired, motivated, or happy, this will inevitably have an overriding impact on staff performance and can result in avoidable staff dismissals.
While a trigger-happy culture isn’t adopted at every company, many bosses are all too keen to dismiss members of staff and place the blame solely at the feet of their employees. However, bosses must adapt their mindset and adopt a philosophy whereby there is an emphasis on employee motivation. Inspiring employees will improve staff relations and negate the necessity for needless dismissals, leaving staff at every level to enjoy a positive working environment.
How to Inspire Your Employees
Providing an inspirational work environment is a mutually beneficial exercise; staff members are fulfilled, and business owners reap the rewards of high morale.
Nevertheless, despite the clear advantages of promoting a positive work culture, there are still countless senior-management teams who fail to implement this approach within their practice.
The following methods can be utilised to motivate and inspire employees:
Take Pride in Your Business Surroundings
On average, 90,000 hours will be spent at work during our lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to provide a pleasant working environment whereby staff will be motivated to perform to their potential.
It’s often suggested that employees are more inspired to perform to a higher standard when they’re working in positive surroundings. Factors such as temperature, lighting, and noise levels have all been identified as contributors that can influence work concentration and productivity.
This stance is becoming increasingly popular amongst companies, with quirky office spaces no longer rare, particularly within creative industries. Many offices are enforcing a less conventional tact with snooker tables, video games, and bean bags ornamenting the office. However, even simple enhancements such as tidy workspaces and excellent communal facilities can make work more enjoyable for your employees. Back in the early 20th Century a piece of research into adjusting lighting in a factory environment, now known as the ‘Hawthorn Effect’ identified that by taking notice of workers and them feeling that the company was interested in them, increased productivity.
Remember: Your workplace is a reflection of your brand. If the facilities provided for staff are shabby, then there’s a fair chance that’ll irk your team, so get the basics right and provide them with an office to be proud of.
Treat Staff with Respect
Treating people with the respect they deserve is essential when trying to boost morale and motivate a team. Although this is apparent to many, plenty of managers remain who are bereft of attributes such as communication, honesty, and a willingness to collaborate with their staff members.
Without these core characteristics, you’ll face an uphill battle to lead effectively and inspire your workforce. Remember, people’s patience will only be pushed so far, and you’ll end up suffering from after-effects if you’re not a pleasant person to work for or with.
Conversely, if your employees feel valued, respected, and have a strong working relationship with a manager, then they’ll be more likely to demonstrate loyalty.
Incentivise Your Workers
There’s nothing more demoralising than being stuck in a job whereby you’re lacking direction. By providing your staff members something to aspire to, this will keep them motivated and prompt them to push themselves that extra bit harder.
Many companies utilise incentive schemes, with perks such as private healthcare, training courses, company profit shares, staff nights out etc. provided to keep their workers performing to their optimum standard.
More often than not, if people are aware that their efforts will be rewarded, then they’ll be more willing to go the extra mile to do an admirable job and will also be encouraged to stay with the company.
Dish Out Staff Praise
Have you completed a task to impeccable standards, only to be given zero feedback or recognition for your efforts? If so, you’ll appreciate how frustrating this is, so why impose the same irritation on a member of your team?
If a member of staff does a good job, always make sure that they know about it. Taking the time to give kudos and support will not only boost their morale in the short-term, but they’ll also want to experience the feeling again – after all, everyone likes to be told that they’re good at something.
Whether you decide to offer praise in your weekly meeting or on a one-to-one basis, nothing bad can spring from telling people that they’ve done well and to keep up the good work.
A star of the week presentation as voted for by peers is also a method often used to encourage the team to get involved.
Regardless of which stance you decide to choose, acclaim can contribute significantly to inspiring other people and creating a positive atmosphere within the workplace.
Seek the Opinions of Staff Members
When significant decisions are being made, keep employees updated throughout the process when possible, and consider seeking their input and opinions.
If a major call is made that will directly influence their role, without any prior consultation, then this could leave a member of staff feeling devalued. Therefore, always make sure that they’re aware that their opinions count and give them a voice.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll implement each suggestion, but presenting the opportunity for a staff member to be part of a process will solidify their trust and form strong foundations on which you can continue building an inspirational workforce.
Inspiring your workforce is vital for staff retention, as well as company performance. Avoid in-house acrimony and contact Triple Three Solutions Limited for expert advice on how to keep your team firing on all cylinders. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat; we’d be delighted to help.