Menlo Park, Calif. — July 16
A little motivation goes a long way, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests.
More than six-in-10 workers interviewed admitted it’s at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged. Moreover, 26 percent of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated.
The survey, developed by staffing firm OfficeTeam, was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 869 workers of 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in the United States and Canada.
OfficeTeam offers five ideas for keeping employees motivated:
Keep them out of the dark. Whenever feasible, give your staff updates on the company’s financial performance and long- and short-term goals, and explain what this information means for them and their jobs. Sharing this information will help them feel connected to the organization.
Ask for input. Actively seek feedback from team members. Maintain an open-door policy and an open mind, so that it’s easy for individuals to approach you. Reach out to those who may be uncomfortable voicing their thoughts to ensure their ideas are heard.
Break out of comfort zones. Encourage staff to take on new responsibilities and projects. By giving your workers a chance to try new things, you’ll demonstrate your confidence in them and help them build new skills.
Discuss career aspirations. It’s crucial for employees to set career goals so they feel they’re working toward something and can see that the company supports their professional aspirations. Talk to your staff about their ambitions and work with them on plans for meeting those objectives.
Give them a break. Remind workers to take regular breaks to recharge, and set a good example by doing so yourself. If your team seems particularly stressed, organize a collective breather where you can provide snacks or a catered lunch.