Why Take the Time to Motivate Employees?
With that in mind, here are some steps to improve employee performance and engagement at your company.
HR Professionals Can Improve Engagement
The act of conducting an employee survey in and of itself engages employees. It provides employees a way to express their feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Employees are the best source to define what motivates them. Once a company can identify what is working and what is not, a plan for improvement can be developed.
Outline specific goals with messaging and communication for departments and individuals that need attention, inspiration, and motivation. It is paramount to take the survey results to heart, listen to what is expressed and proceed with actionable initiatives. This will lead your organization to some real, documented discoveries and on a pathway for improved engagement and performance.
Open Communication is Key
People perform at their best when they feel motivated. Working with managers to improve their communication skills goes a long way to enhancing the type and frequency of feedback employees receive during performance conversations.
In a 2020 State of Performance Management study conducted by HR.com and sponsored by LightWork Software, HR professionals report that just 28 percent of the managers in their organizations are skilled at performance management. Cited as the primary reason behind this deficiency is a lack of training. Manager training may be one of the most valuable performance initiatives an organization can make because managers serve as the most immediate and direct way to motivate employees.
According to a 2017 Gallup Report, managers are responsible for at least a 70 percent variance in their employee’s engagement. Additionally, employees whose managers regularly communicate with them are three times more engaged and motivated than those with managers who do not regularly communicate. Organizations that achieve their performance management goals to a high or very high degree report their managers also have more frequent and informal performance-related conversations with employees.
Motivated Employees Achieve Better Outcomes
Motivation can come in many shapes and forms and requires good communication skills on the part of those delivering the messages. A simple acknowledgment of a job well-done could be sufficient in some cases. In other circumstances, giving a raise or promotion to an employee can motivate them to work harder within the company. Any reward an employer gives to an employee signals they are a valuable asset to the company. It is important that employers and managers demonstrate to each employee they are important to the company.
Even if everything seems to be running smoothly, you never know when a person may need a boost. Motivation can be used at any time, but especially now, when nearly everything about how employees work and live their lives have changed due to the pandemic.
Keeping employees engaged and focused is essential to your organization’s bottom line. At times of instability, employees can start to feel insecure and unsure of where they fit into the company’s overall goals. By communicating and motivating, you will be on the right path. They will move their focus back to working hard which will eventually contribute to the company’s success. Motivated people turn the impossible into the possible.
Technology Solutions Offer HR Options for Success
LightWork® Software makes the human resources management experience easy and valuable to your organization. LightWork turns the overwhelming task of managing employees into an indispensable business strategy with dynamic human resources management software tools. Because each organization’s IT requirements are as diverse as its employees, we offer a web-based software human capital management (HCM) solution with deployment options, your company’s local server, private cloud or as a software as a service (SaaS).