Why would you want to motivate employees? To increase productivity of course. Why increase productivity? To increase the bottom line. Hence motivation equals money.
But how do you motivate? While there are lines that must be drawn when it comes to keeping employees happy, the following suggestions are general ideas that could help.
Longer Weekends and Holidays
The ability to do this varies by the type of business, but if possible it can be a huge motivator to offer a four- day work week, even if only once a month. Offering an extra day along with a holiday is nice also. If a Monday is a holiday, consider closing on the Friday before as well. Instead of offering a casual Friday every Friday, consider closing the last Friday of the month or rotating who gets that day off. You will be surprised how much more a good employee can get done when they know they have less time to do it. That is just an added bonus for you!
It may not be feasible to do this every day, but having lunch brought in occasionally can boost morale and productivity. If they have lunch handed to them at the workplace they do not have to leave, drive, come back, and then get in the swing of things. They may take a shorter lunch break and find it easier to get back to being productive.
Consider an In Office Childcare Program
Parents that do not have to worry about their children are harder workers. If they do not have to stop and run them in to a daycare center or worry about getting there before it closes, they may be late less and be more willing to stay late if necessary. Having a child close by can let a new mother better focus on her job upon returning to work, and knowing that they can sneak a hug at lunch time is a great motivator for keeping a good employee from looking for employment elsewhere.
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