Employee motivation is considered to be a crucial aspect at any workplace because it leads to the better performance of the department and even the company. According to a study, only 13% of employees stay engaged and motivated at work while other employees are disengaged with low motivation.
“An employee’s motivation is a direct result of the sum of interactions with their manager. -Bob Nelson”
Do you know the difference between two employees, one who goes an extra mile all the time, and the other who just coasts? It is a direct impact of employee motivation on the employee performance. Highly motivated employees are an asset to the team and the organization.
Let’s get into this blog to understand why is employee motivation so important at a workplace.
Why is Employee Motivation Important?
Increases Work Productivity
Employee motivation is an important factor in improving the work efficiency level of the workers which means the employees tend to perform their jobs at the best of their abilities ensuring minimum wastage of time, resources and efforts.
With the full and best utilization of resources, such motivation bridges the gap between the ability to work and the willingness to work. When an employee is willing to work, it is when you can call them motivated and more efficient and productive at the workplace.
Works Towards Achieving Business Goals
A motivated employee will always try to accomplish and achieve the organizational goals by contributing their best efforts. Once they are able to achieve the organization goal, it’s a level-up for them on the ladder of achieving personal goals.
Achieving personal goals and business goals at the same time, motivates the employees further to contribute their efforts at a higher pace and towards a solo direction to maximize profits.
Inculcates Positive Attitude
If an employee is not motivated, they tend to perform minimum activities in the organization. With motivation, there is a fulfillment of desire to perform at their best extent making use of all the resources available in minimum time.
With a positive attitude to complete the task making use of all the resources to the fullest, there is not stopping the employees working towards success.
Creates a Supportive Work Environment
While employee motivation is hierarchical, it tends to improves the relationship between the superiors and subordinates. On achieving a goal or a target, the employees feel satisfied, but once they get proper recognition and appreciation from their managers and superiors, they feel like they have a supportive back.
Getting support at workplace makes the co-operation and co-ordination even better in the organization and incorporates team spirit attitude in the employees.
Helps in Adopting Changes
Once the employees are motivated, they are always open to changes and show less resistance in adopting those changes in the business environment implemented by their managers because if these implemented changes are not introduced or adopted on time, it will be a challenge for the employees and the organization to fulfil their needs.
With a supportive and co-operative attitude of motivated employees, they will accept the changes in the organization and work more efficiently towards the business and personal goal.
Reduces Employee Turnover
The motivation inculcated in the employees by the senior management helps to boost the confidence of employees, while keeping them and their needs satisfied in the organization. Motivated employees will always choose the alternative to stay back and work towards increasing their pay scale rather than switching between jobs.
This not only helps reduce the employee turnover in organizations but also keeps the work environment satisfied and stress-free.
Builds Great Brand Reputation
Word of mouth is really important to make an organization successful. Ifthe employees are not satisfied at the workplace, it not only damages the brand image of the business but also weakens the recruitment in the organization.
Employees who are motivated tend to enjoy their talk about work with others, indirectly promoting word of mouth improving the brand reputation of the business. As a result, it is easier for the firm to recruit leading talent because of the good reputation.
Handles Uncertainty Better
While the motivated employees are more satisfied and engaged with their work at the workplace, it increases their self confidence which helps them in figuring out how to handle difficult and uncertain situations.
Such skills help them become the problem-solvers of the organization. To solve the problems, a motivated employee can go to any extent to solve it and challenge the problem with a better solution.
How to Improve Employee Motivation?
Choice of Leaders
It is crucial for the employees to have a right leader with the power to highly motivate and engage the workers for the best performance.
After defining the business goals, the managers are held accountable. In other words, if the business goals are not accomplished successfully, the managers are responsible for the failure of engagement of employees. To motivate and satisfy the workforce, they need to continually improve their tactics and methods to engage employees.
It is important to give positive or negative feedback to the employees. If the feedback is positive, they stay motivated to work better and if the feedback is negative, it helps in keeping the employees in the loop and making them understand about opportunities for improvement.
Recognition & Reward
Employees need to know that their work is highly valued. When an employee meets the business goals or targets, it is the job of the manager to recognize and appreciate their hard work and tell them how their work reflects on the company’s success.
Also, do not forget to reward for the good work and efforts the employees put in. Make sure you reward the employees with something they value.
Giving every employee a certain responsibility and freedom of decision-making makes them even more motivated as they feel more important and valued in the decision-making process. It makes them feel empowered at the organization
Even though the process of motivating employees might be time consuming and difficult, it will take the company to the top. To achieve the highest level of productivity, it is important to encourage a positive workplace environment.
With regular recognition and rewards, the employees tend to double their contribution to the business’s success, so it is recommended to keep an “open-door” approach in the management.