Five top tips to motivate your staff

15 Feb 2021

The business environment is increasingly competitive – especially during Covid-19, as many fight to survive the ongoing disruptions. Therefore, it has never been more important to nurture your existing staff, as they are one of your most powerful assets.

If your business finds itself investing both time and money in training new staff, but they leave before you can reap the reward of that investment, it is time to make a change. In this blog our experts suggest five ways to motivate – and retain – staff.

Flexibility

The last 12 months have seen the work environment change rapidly, with employees being told to work from home if they can. This Government request poses different challenges for different individuals. Some may lack technical equipment, some may struggle to create a suitable workspace and then there is the family dynamic, made trickier by the closure of schools and the move to home learning for students. Ultimately, all employees are different, and have various personal and professional circumstances and needs. Some employees may have dependent children or external commitments and responsibilities which conflict with standard working hours. However, flexible working can be difficult to implement, with many considerations which must be discussed beforehand.

Things to consider could include introducing more flexible working time based around core working hours. The correct procedure will differ between companies, depending on day to day processes and client requirements.

Don’t forget to consider providing a comfortable home working environment, such as providing comfortable chairs, or adjustable computer stands.

Help your employees stay healthy

Ensure your staff stay physically fit and healthy. Exercise releases endorphins – the happy hormone –and research into happiness and productivity has found that workers are 13% more productive when happy*. There are options to include all of the below and many more into your employee benefits programme.

  • Advertising popular exercise videos from qualified instructors
  • Access to an online GP services
  • Discounts on fitness apparel
  • Discounted gym membership and online classes

Confidential emotional support

Physical health is nothing without mental health. There is lots of talk in the media about Covid-19 causing a mental health crisis. It is worth putting processes in place now to ensure your employees are cared for. You can support your employees by giving them access to a 24/7 employee assistance programme that provides them with:

  • Unlimited access to a free 24/7 confidential helpline
  • Access to an online hub with a library of helpful resources
  • Free access to a qualified therapist, face-to-face, over the phone or online

Staff engagement

With no physical offices it can be hard to engage staff and develop a team mindset. We believe that even outside of the office, there are numerous ways to ensure employees feel valued and trusted in their roles, these could include:

  • Including your staff in business decisions
  • Putting a focus on communication and feedback
  • Arranging staff Teams or Zoom calls for team meetings and socialising bonding
  • Creating a staff acknowledgement scheme – employee of the month for example
  • Allowing staff to nominate their peers for rewards

By involving your team in any issues or company changes you will increase the feeling of involvement and inclusion, which ultimately leads to motivated staff.

Access to hundreds of discounts

Employee benefits programmes commonly contain a discount or perks section. Once you know what motivates your staff you can choose the most suitable options. Covid-19 has hit many families hard and additional discounts are always appreciated.
In conclusion, to help employees flourish it is important to create a comfortable working environment – be that in or outside of the office. Providing a selection of suitable staff benefits can form a key part in helping you to achieve this, resulting not only in a motivated workforce but also in improved staff loyalty.

Speak to one of our experts today and learn how evaluating your employee benefits package can help your business achieve its goals.

*https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2019-10-24-happy-workers-are-13-more-productive

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