How to Motivate Employees In the Workplace?

how to motivate employees in the workplace

Motivating Your Employees for Better Outcomes

We’ve all been there. At some point in our lives, we’ve experienced a dysfunctional workplace. Like an unproductive office or the place where turnover is always high. By taking a few steps, consistently and over time, you can put in place systems and policies that can help develop a cohesive workplace with content employees and better productivity.

5 Ways to Motivate Employees in the Workplace

Here are some simple ideas that can help you maintain a productive and pleasant workplace.

1. Set attainable goals you can measure.

Break a project up into small, quantifiable goals that can be reached. A big project can take longer than most of us can remain motivated. By dividing the project into portions, employees can see their progress easily and more often.

2. Let employees know why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Employees feel more valued when they’re in on what goals are. Clarify what the mission is. Sharing this kind of inside information can boost employee participation and motivation.

3. Reward contributions.

Recognizing accomplishments is one of the best ways to motivate your employees to keep up the good work. The reward can be a bonus, but also come up with ways to show how you value each employee. And when you tell a team member he or she has done a great job, tell them how it has helped the project reach the overall goals.

4. Prime productivity with positivity.

Having a more positive workplace can improve productivity. Create ways to bring positive experiences into employees’ workplace interactions. Take the time, however short, for weekly or periodic fun. Go on the occasional field trip, have pizzas delivered once in a while, do what you can to build team cohesiveness.

5. Avoid micro-managing your employees.

People who are given autonomy, without the boss telling them how exactly to reach the goal, are generally happier and feel more valued for who they are and for their skills and expertise. Stepping in and making someone perform the exact same steps you would in the same way is demoralizing and disconnecting.

Another great way to maintain a happy workplace is providing excellent benefits, such as group health insurance, dental coverage and disability insurance. Take the time to learn about insurance options on

About Barbara Howington

In a 40-year career that began as editor for a college public affairs department, Barbara has been an instructional media script writer, public relations director, marketing manager, account manager, and co-owner of a graphic design, marketing and public relations firm. For the past several years, she has funneled her knowledge and insight into copywriting, her favorite part of every professional position she’s held.