With companies asking employees to do “more with less,” stress levels are skyrocketing.
And stress has many negative effects on work performance including reduced productivity, greater turnover and increased absenteeism.
As a result, employers need to motivate their employees to come to work, stay at work and be more productive.
The question is how to best to that.
And the answer may surprise you, as it apparently does many supervisors.
When I am consulting with companies to help boost productivity and sales, I inevitably hear “We can’t motivate our employees. There is no budget for that.”
Well guess what?
Research shows that the way employees most want to be motivated does not need to cost even a penny. What employees said they most wanted was: APPRECIATION
They simply wanted to be appreciated, to be given that proverbial pat-on-the-back.
Supervisors, on the other hand, ranked appreciation as #8 out of 10 in terms of top ways to motivate employees. Instead, they believed the best 3 ways employees wanted to be rewarded were:
1. Good Wages
2. Job Security
3. Promotional Opportunities
2. Feeling “in” on things
3. Understanding attitude
Each of these three costs the company NO money but could significantly reduce stress, increase motivation and boost productivity.
So how can you show greater appreciation to the people with whom you work? I’m glad you asked. Over the course of the next several months, I will be offering a recommendation every Wednesday (what I am affectionately calling “Work Wednesday”) to help you create a happier, more productive environment at work.
Stay tuned to the immediately actionable steps. And then let me know how they are working for you.