Employee motivation is the most fundamental driver of worker productivity. It’s a fact of human nature that people worker harder and more effectively when they are happy or feel an incentive to do so.
For that reason, it is a constant challenge among employers and HR management professionals to boost worker motivation and morale and ultimately create a fun workplace.
When market conditions deteriorate, managers need to develop even more creative methods for engaging employees, and one of the most common strategies is to set a good example. This means listening to and encouraging ideas from all workers and ensuring that they feel appreciated.
While motivation tends to be a result of happiness, it is rarely the other way around. In other words, employees can be motivated without being happy – whether it’s out of fear of losing their job or being pressured to complete a task. This relationship is unhealthy and only breeds resentment.
Inc. magazine recommends employers and HR managers focus on making their workers happy. This will also help retain talent – whether entry-level or top brass.