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Keeping your workforce motivated

By Karen White on 27-09-2017

Comfortable offices. Competitive salaries. A successful organization.

It's nothing but a motivated workforce, and so many are falling at the first when it comes to engaged, committed employees. According to the bi-annual CIPD Employee Outlook report, less than 50% of workers in the UK felt motivated , citing everything from increased work hours to Brexit as reasons for feeling less motivated at work. This feeling of de-motivation has led to some of the lowest levels of productivity ever , with a UK government report highlighting a similar level of output to 1991 levels despite being a larger workforce today.

Now, with developments like remote access, automation and outsourcing hovering about workforces around the world, keeping employees motivated is more important than ever. Although salaries are not increasing and shrinking, driving living costs ever higher, money is not always the main motivation for employees. As we enter a world where almost everything is done digitally and our interaction with others is usually by email or telephone, social workplaces are becoming a key factor in ensuring motivation.

Get everyone talking - but not about work

A friendly work atmosphere with plenty of communication only goes a little way to driving engagement and motivation. In highly stressful environments or workplaces that offer few opportunities for socializing or communication between employees, staff can quickly become demotivated, uninterested and eventually burned out. In target driven environments such as call centers or sales floors, the focus on 'team' is a great way to take advantage of the social nature of humans.

Team building days are not a new concept, but they are more important than ever before. Getting work colleagues together is something exciting, fun or equally interesting is going forward for emotional ties between co-workers, rather than promoting a communication environment centered around work. The selected activity does not need to be an outward bound weekend or organized social event. Something as simple as a game of poker could get their minds on something that remains competitive, but is completely unrelated to work and great fun. Poker is a great way for employees to improve their decision making. The social nature of a poker game means players want to know more about each other, which will undoubtedly increase morale. However, it is important that everyone knows that they knowlearn how to play poker !

Changing the workplace

Graph of workforce

No matter how exciting out of work activities may seem, there will be no reason for it. This is where a few basic changes in the office can come into play. Instead of guessing what might motivate employees other than their salary, try putting together a survey . You can improve your motivation and motivation. Who knew a ping pong?

Maintain motivation

Making changes to boost motivation does not need to be difficult, but that culture is broad-based motivation is the real challenge. Use regular reviews of employee engagement and consider a policy when it comes to deciding on and gauging motivation. There are only benefits if employees are happier in their roles.

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