How to keep motivation high in your business…when economic confidence is uncertain
The Chancellor’s Autumn Budget reminded us of the economic challenges ahead of us in the UK as we edge towards Brexit. Growth and productivity forecasts have been revised down and, in the all- important run up to Christmas, retailers are also feeling the pinch with all indicators showing shoppers remain reluctant to spend.
Everyone feels the gloom. How then to improve motivation and morale in the workplace? Here are some things to bear in mind:
- Create a warm, calm environment for everyone to work in. These are often easy wins, ensure offices are well lit, warm and clean. Make communal areas places everyone can talk and relax. Offer nice beverages and snacks (such as biscuits and a fruit bowl). It’s amazing how simple wins can help.
- Give employees some responsibility. If employees ideas are given a voice, they feel valued and this improves motivation. This doesn’t mean letting them make managerial decisions, but they often have ideas about their roles, departments and divisions and how to improve them. Letting them do something about that improves their esteem and in turn keeps them motivated.
- Incentivise them. Not just in monetary terms (but often a token such as a book voucher can work) but by listening to them and letting them know if they have other ideas, you are willing to listen and implement them.
- Allow flexible working. The way we work is changing because of cloud technology and apps allowing us to access company data from more than just the office computer. Flexible, family friendly working should be on offer. Place trust in your workforce to work hard in the office or at home.
- Lead by example. No one likes a grump in the office, make sure you aren’t the grumpy manager or boss! It rubs off on everyone else. Ensure you are a good role model and display the behaviour and working practices you wish others to have…you won’t go wrong.