Almost every manager has at one time imagined what to do to increase his organizations’ profit and meet targets. Have you once wondered why your staffs are not as productive as you want despite being well paid? The simple key to achieving this is staff motivation.

Employee motivation has always been a mystery for many managers. This doesn’t have to be. Understanding how motivation impacts employee performance, and understanding how to use motivation to improve performance leads to a better organization. Organizations desiring to improve employee motivation need a system in place that consistently rewards employee achievements. The following are ways to motivate your employees without having to break the bank.

  • Never Use Negative Motivation.

This is quite a normal occurrence in most organization. Some managers result to negative motivation such as imposing threats when some subordinates are not able to finish work on time. They do this because they think that this would give them the “presence” needed to be able to motivate efficiently.

While this may have short-term benefits, picture the results as a whole. Your subordinates may be working faster because of how you want them to; but in the end, they might produce shoddy work. Worse, they might hate you and quit their jobs.

  • Use Simple Gestures.


A simple gesture of appreciating the attendance of your people not only makes the employees feel appreciated, but it also helps keep their loyalty.

Reward them when excellence has been met. By rewarding your employees with a simple “thank you” at the end of the day, you can accomplish many positive things.

  • Come Up With Privileges.

Most leading companies have privileges in place. Some large and successful companies reward employees on a monthly basis through points. They can exchange these points for cash or special items.

In order for the employee to collect prizes for free, they are motivated to do their best! However, you should check first if your company budget allows such employee motivation method to push through.

  • Recognition

Many people will do for recognition what they will not do for money. And, this is the manager’s secret weapon for employee motivation. Some people are motivated by the opportunity to get their name on the wall, receive a trophy at an annual banquet, or see their name in the company newsletter. It gives them an “emotional payoff” for their actions.

Look for ways to increase employee motivation by recognizing excellence in the workplace. Ring a bell every time an individual or team hits the production target. Put up posters with the photographs of team members who have had the most days without accidents. Give out awards for attendance records. Just do something. It is so inexpensive, yet highly effective in your efforts of employee motivation.

  • Inspire them

Inspiration comes from leadership. This form of employee motivation includes the company’s mission, purpose and goals. People want to be part of an organization that is going somewhere, that stands for something, and that provides a meaningful service to the marketplace.

If you want to lead an inspired, mission-guided organization, follow these steps and watch employee motivation improve dramatically.

  • Have a clear mission – in other words, know where you are going.
  • Be excited and passionate about your mission. After all, if you don’t get excited, they won’t either.
  • Communicate your mission, its value to the marketplace. In other words, why it’s worthwhile.
  • Make sure everyone in the organization understands and can communicate the mission.
  • Be sure employees understand how they fit into the process of fulfilling the organization’s mission.
  • Make the connection between the mission and the individual values and goals of your employees.
  • Keep your mission in front of everyone in the organization.

Whatever the chosen method, it is important to have a system in place that builds employee motivation. Not every person is motivated by the same factor, or combination of factors. Offering all five – satisfaction, appreciation, recognition, inspiration and compensation insures that the organization has something to contribute to the motivation of each employee.