You like to keep your employees happy and since the work they do can be challenging, dull or otherwise frustrating, you like to use motivation to keep them on tract. That is a fantastic start and it should be part of their everyday abilities. As you consider the various methods to accomplishing this, you may find that funds are tight.
Many businesses have had to pull back on these other benefits because they simply cannot to do. How can you properly get your group to work together and to be happy to do the tasks you give them on a smaller budget?
Generally speaking, you often do not need to spend a lot of money to motivate people. One of the first things you can do is to encourage them through positive reinforcements on a daily basis.
1. Greet them and ask them how they are today.
2. Get down to the floor where your team is working and ask them if they need help.
3. Let them know when they are doing a great job.
4. Discipline them fairly and accurately.
5. Encourage people by telling them what an asset they are to the entire group.
Generally, these vocal motivational tools can help incredibly to improve the overall success of a business. They can aid in allowing you to work well with your team and they do not cost anything more than your time.
For those who do want to do something special, there are smaller things you can do without having to host a lavish group event, for example. Here are some ideas to consider.
1. Bring in lunch form a local sub shop or a local deli. This simple act is a sign of appreciation.
2. Have t-shirts printed that are a thank you gift to your group. If they normally were suits or uniforms, allow them a dress down day with t-shirts or polo’s.
3. Have that company party at the end of the year. It may take some budget savings throughout the year, but giving back to your team may be well worth spending a bit more to host a good company Christmas party or annual event for them.
In some cases, you may already be doing a number of things to motivate your team but you can no longer continue them due to budget cuts. Be open and upfront with the group about this, so that they know you want to still provide for them but with the current business’s state, you just cannot do so. Keep in mind that your team is what will help you to get back to the top so finding ways that work as motivation should be something you strive to do in any economic climate.