If you believe that more money means happier employees then you could be losing valuable revenue and time and not even know it.
Cash has always been a major motivating factor for many people when looking for and performing a job, but it is not always key when it comes to keeping your workforce driven.
Here’s a look at five creative ways you can keep your workforce inspired to continually hit their targets and enjoy their job more.
1. Start a Points System
If you feel like your team could use a little inspiration to keep them striving for higher goals you could offer gifts through a catalog point system. All you have to do is sign up with a company that will provide you with catalogs, price sheets, and a points log then determine what goals need to be met in order to qualify for points. Once an employee has achieved enough points they can choose a gift they want from the catalog. These gifts can range from gadgets all the way to a fully paid trip.
2. Implement a Way to Earn Time Off
Studies have shown that many employees will compete for 15 minutes to ½ hour off of work just as hard as they will compete for a cash award. Keep them inspired to reach their targets by rewarding individuals, teams, or your entire staff with time off once a major goal is reached.
3. Encourage Individuality
Many employees feel like their own identity and personality must be left at home when they go to work, especially if it is in a corporate setting. Encourage your employees to express themselves by allowing them to personalize their workspace or by fostering an environment where they can have the chance to share things about themselves.
4. Give Out Coupons
Who doesn’t love items that are free or discounted? Give your employees coupons once they hit a target goal or when they do something that helps the company. They will not only appreciate the recognition, but strive to do better and earn more.
5. Offer Alternative Working Environments
If you have any staff that may be interested in working from home, offer a telecommuting position to them as an incentive to continually reach their target goals. Not only will they strive to be able to be able to earn that position, but your business will benefit from the amount of time and money it will save.
Employees are the backbone of every business so happy employees means a successful business. Keep your employees inspired to do the best they can by implementing one of these five unique methods and you’re sure to have a workforce that enjoys their job while going above and beyond to reach their goals.
What innovative ways have you found to inspire employees? Add them in the comments!
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