As the work weeks lead onto months, its hardly surprising that your team might start to lose their work drive, and its even less of a surprise when I say that this isn’t great for business. Luckily, there are loads of simple and easy ways you motivate them without breaking the bank.
Here are our top ten tips:
Flexitime allows an employee to work the hours that work best for them. This gives them a better work-life balance which ultimately means that they’re free to focus on their work and not worrying about how they’ll fit everything in. If you can’t offer complete flexitime why not just offer them the chance to start earlier or work later.
If people do choose to come in earlier or you’ve arranged a morning meeting, why not organise some nice pastries? As a clever tip, if you organise it so that the breakfast finishes at 8.45am, people will already be at the office ready to start work for 9am.
Breakfasts are a great way to start the day, but don’t forget about the night owl workers. If people have stayed behind let them know its appreciated and order in some pizza. Once the word of free pizza has spread you’ll soon find the office a busier place after 6.30pm.
Just letting your team know that their efforts and hard work has been noticed is perhaps one of the best ways to boost morale. One easy (and cheap) way to do this is to give them a gift card, it could be a high value one or it could be a low-cost Starbucks card so that they can get a coffee on you.
You might be reluctant to give away more holiday days, but by giving them just one more day you’ll boast work productivity and workplace happiness. Why not treat them on their special day and offer it out as a birthday treat?
You might be imagining the typical corporate team building days, but why not mix things up and do something that people actually want to give their time up for. You could go out bowling or even paintballing. It doesn’t have to be an evening event either, let them have a bit longer for lunch and you can all head out for a group lunch.
Most of the time your employees are behind their desks out of sight from any clients, so what’s the need for them to spend the day in an uncomfortable suit? Especially now summer has heated the office up, let them try out causal wear and see how much difference it makes. If you’re not convinced by the idea, trail it out once a week as a dress down Friday.
Sitting at a desk can drag out the day and causes people to become tired and unproductive. Studies have proven that exercise releases stress and increases work productivity, so why not put on some lunchtime exercise classes? Or you could improve team work by organising an after-work sports club.
Click here for an article that looks at the benefits of exercise at work in more detail
If you want a long-term solution that will benefit all your employees and make you a more appealing business to work for (improving both retention rates and work productivity), then an employee reward platform, such as Preference, is the best solution for you. It gives you all the benefits of handing out a gift card, but it also means that the employee gets to choose what they get. Plus, you don’t have to remember to keep buying more gift cards.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our gift cards or employee reward platforms call today on 01709 303 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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