How to motivate the employees of a small company

How to motivate the employees of a small company

Motivating means using methods or available resources as to convince a person to work more, better or even excel in what they do. If it’s proper made and brought to an optimal level, motivation represents a mean of improving company’s productivity.

One of the simplest and non-expensive ways of motivation is acknowledgement of the well done job. From a shake of hand to an Employee of the Month pries or a symbolic gift, the small gestures which recognize the accomplishments of an employee count extremely.

Furthermore, the accomplishments of a team or a group must be reworded, either for the work in a certain period of time, or for a certain project.

Usually, studies show that performance develops in the same time with the employee’s satisfaction rate. That’s why, to continuously motivating your employees implies creating a pleasant environment, in which they can feel involved. It is true that inside a small company, in which a HR department has no justification, and budgets are often just on the line, motivation seems an impossible process to coordinate. Nevertheless, things are not like this.

Here are some other non-expensive and efficient methods to raise your employee’s satisfaction:

Assure a flexible program. Many companies allow their employees to work after a program that isn’t like the standard one, from 9 am to 6 pm. Here you can include the part time programs or job sharing, where two people work for a singular full time job.

Allow where and when it is possible working from home. Some companies accept presence at headquarters once or twice a week.

Make regular performance evaluations, which include positive aspects and company’s expectations.

Encourage you employee’s innovation and creativity, diversify the tasks so the job doesn’t become routine.

Allow your employees to improve and decorate their working environment.

Assure a mean of socializing during lunch breaks or after work.

Implement the “Opened Door Policy”, which encourages employees to ask questions or make recommendations.

A ship internal communication is, also a key for the employees’ satisfaction. Assure that employees know what they are expected to do and let them know that they will be heard for problems or questions.

Even though motivational speeches are in fashion, it’s more likely to have results if you periodically talk to them and ask for feedback. Find out what they like and dislike at work, what changes they would want and what improvements they would make. You can start with anonymous satisfaction tests, which will allow employees a more sincere communication regarding the company, its politics, management and work place.

Do they want training sessions to work more efficient? Do they need better equipments? Do they want to be more or to be less supervised? Could a flexible program help employees that live far from headquarters or have family responsibilities? These are just a few of the questions you can include in such a test.