Have you ever thought about what really motivates your employees?
It’s not about the almighty dollar, you know. Ok, ok…..money doesn’t hurt, but money alone doesn’t keep most people in their jobs. You actually need to motivate your employees to keep them showing up, mentally and physically. Employees that don’t feel motivated are probably underperforming, and that means you’re losing money.
Ask yourself these questions about your employees:
- Are they happy…..YES….HAPPY! Do they enjoy coming to work every day?
- Do they feel challenged, or do they feel demeaned?
- Are they sinking, or are they swimming?
- Do they have the right tools in their arsenal to battle the giants?
- Where’s the reward?
Happiness - I’ve worked with manufacturers for almost 20 years now, and I’ve seen employees who are fulfilled and very happy in their jobs, and employees who count the seconds until they leave each day. Happiness is a choice, but certainly you as an employer can have a big impact on how happy your employees are. Happiness can be found when employees feel that what they do has a purpose. Do they understand that the part that they are making is used in the production of sophisticated medical equipment that saves lives? Or protects families from getting hurt in a car accident? Having the end customer in mind gives purpose to their work. Having purpose can make people happy.
Challenge – Are your employees given any incentive for process improvement? You are not blessed with the perfect mind. All brilliant ideas do not come from you. The lowest man/woman on the totem pole may have the next best idea for your business. Encourage them to bring those ideas forward. Do they have a path for growth that is clearly defined? If you’re never looking for more from your employees, they probably won’t give it to you.
Sink or Swim - When an employee makes a mistake, do you reprimand or punish them? Instead, how about teaching