Motivation is a tricky thing. Finding ways to motivate employees is even trickier.
Motivating employees doesn’t have to involve raises, bonuses, or any other monetary method.
In fact, research has shown that extrinsic motivators (motivators that come from outside the employee, like money, promotions, etc.) are much weaker than intrinsic motivators (motivators that come from within the employee, like a drive to succeed).
How can a business owner harness the power of intrinsic motivation to revive employees’ work ethic and attitudes?
To foster and encourage intrinsic motivation, your job is to make your employees as happy as possible. When employees feel appreciated and understood by their employer, their work quality and productivity rises. These increases occur without raises or promotions.
Studies have shown that monetary or extrinsic motivators are much weaker, and while they may produce a boost in productivity, it’s temporary. The level of productivity predictably falls within a few weeks of receiving the raise.
Below, you’ll find 4 ways to motivate employees without giving raises. Follow these tips and watch the changes take place!
1. Develop employee career paths
You may not be looking at giving raises or promotions right now, but show your employees that you’re preparing them for more responsibility and higher titles, and you’ll see that they are eager to impress and prove their worthiness for a promotion.
Don’t try the carrot and stick approach, though. You need to back up your claims about promotions within a reasonable period of time so you don’t make employees think the upcoming promotions are “all talk.” When employees see one of their own get promoted as promised and notice you taking interest in everyone’s career path, they’ll be motivated to work harder to earn a promotion of their own.
2. Encourage productivity breaks
You’re required by law to give breaks throughout the day to full-time employees, but focusing on productivity breaks is one of the best ways to motivate employees.
Using social media is an everyday occurrence for most people, and studies have shown that employee productivity rises after a person is permitted to browse social media sites for a limited time before returning to work. It cuts down on their “need” to check social media secretly throughout the work day, meaning more work gets done.
To make sure productivity breaks aren’t abused, consider implementing some methods of control, like software that blocks social media websites during certain hours or a no smartphone policy.
3. Foster flexibility at work
Flexibility, even perceived flexibility, fosters employee happiness and motivates them to do their best. If your employees are capable of providing the same quality of work and the same production level from home, let them work remotely on occasion or on scheduled days each week. This provides more flexibility and increases worker happiness considerably.
You can have a virtual receptionist service cover the phones for a limited monthly cost, which can free up your employees to accomplish other, prioritized tasks.
4. Celebrate employees
Most of us are born with a high nAch, or need for achievement. We want to be recognized, and we want to do well. You can tap into this intrinsic desire by celebrating achievements and recognizing your employees often. It makes them feel appreciated and increases job satisfaction, both of which are powerful motivators.
Staff birthdays are a great time to recognize employees. While a small office celebration is a fun idea, employees say they prefer a day off to celebrate their birthday. Give it to them, and they’ll return appreciative and motivated to succeed.
Motivation doesn’t require money. While a raise is nice, giving employees other freedoms and perks can help provide a happier staff that boosts productivity for your company. Rely on intrinsic motivators to get more out of your employees, and you’ll see the positive changes take place over time.