8 Positive Workplace Enhancements That Put Motivation On Overdrive- By Clara Masters
Employee motivation is a key concern for managers in all industries. Research published in the Journal Of Economics shows a significant positive correlation between motivation and productivity. Motivated employees also make for supportive colleagues who can support one another in times of stress.
Unfortunately, the majority of workers are not engaged with their work. Harvard Business School reports that 85% of employees become significantly less engaged the longer they spend in their roles.
Therefore, it is in an employer’s best interests to make changes that they engage their employees.
There are a few workplace tweaks that can make a big difference:
- Achievement boards and updates: Research shows that prompt, specific, and regular recognition improves employee engagement. Publicly acknowledge everyone’s progress and achievements using a recognition board or email out achievement newsletters. Recognize hard work with small rewards and notes of appreciation.
- Vision boards that spell out team or department objectives: Employees are more likely to put more effort into their work if they know why it matters. Keep your team updated on the company’s progress as a whole. Make sure all members of a team know what they are trying to achieve and how it fits into the bigger picture.
- Wellness corner: Massage chairs are a fun way to unwind during a busy day at work. Depending on your budget, you could invest in a couple of all-body chairs, massage pads, or both. Your employees will feel as though you care about their wellbeing, which in turn will increase their loyalty and motivation.
- Quiet areas and napping pods: Allowing your employees to sleep for 20 minutes on the job may seem counterproductive. However, major companies such as Google, Nike, and Zappos have all installed napping pods in their offices. Employees who are allowed to have a rest from work often return to their tasks feeling more invigorated.
- A suggestion box: Employees may have lots of ideas as to how their environment or role could be improved. However, they often worry about the consequences of sharing their thoughts with a team leader or manager. An anonymous suggestion box can be the perfect solution. You could also set up a suggestion wall where workers can write their ideas.
- Increased natural light: Humans did not evolve to work in offices. Our bodies react strongly to light and dark. If possible, rearrange furniture and fixings to allow plenty of sunlight to stream in.
You can also use other biophilic design elements to make the workplace feel more “natural.” For example, placing a few plants around the office can inspire feelings of calm.
- Healthy snacks and drinks in the break room, vending machines, and cafeteria: A good diet promotes productivity. Encourage employees to eat well and drink water by setting up fun challenges with small rewards. For instance, those who eat their five a day could be rewarded with a slightly longer lunch hour.
- Everyday fun: As far as reasonably possible, let employees have a little fun during the workday.
For instance, you could hold short impromptu karaoke sessions, or share a few memes via Slack or another communication channel. Assume that employees can still have fun and finish their tasks unless you have evidence to the contrary.
Each workplace is unique, but employees in all industries have the same basic needs. They want to feel respected, and they want to know that their work is making a difference. To thrive, they also need a positive, pleasant work atmosphere. Following the tips above will help you boost morale and get the most from all members of your team.
Clara Masters is an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, she relied on yoga, reflexology and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. At Massageaholic.com she’s on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to live a balanced, healthy life, connecting body, mind and spirit. You can follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.