How to Motivate Employees

Anyone who’s ever worked for someone else knows that motivating employees takes more than just a paycheck.  It’s helpful to view your employees as your team, and not really as employees at all.  Even though you or another authority figure may act as the leader, each player on your team has an important role.  If your team isn’t motivated, opportunities will be lost.  Consider these things that will help to drive your employees and lead your business to success:

Clear Leadership – Your team needs concise goals and objectives.  Make decisions after carefully considering input and perspectives from each team member that is directly involved.  

Inspire – Not only should a goal be set, but it should be sold.  An influential person (yourself or another leader) should sell the team on why the goal will benefit everyone.  

Delegate – To properly delegate, a leader needs to choose a qualified individual who can spearhead a project and make decisions to complete the project successfully.  This means trusting the appointed person and only getting involved when input or guidance is sought.  

Empowerment – Your team members will work hard if they feel that they have creative freedom and support from a leader who respects and trusts them.  

Ownership – It’s natural for humans to want to build and improve.  Your team will grow as people and as a unit if they feel that they have a stake in the game.  It doesn’t need to be monetary ownership, rather a sense of purpose and stability.  A good leader lets their team know that they are a part of the big picture and doesn’t credit successes solely to him or herself

Remember that salary will affect retention, but it’s morale that will affect productivity.


Written by Josh Nordin