How to motivate employees

Tips 11 – 20 on How to motivate employees

11 Motivate employees by putting them on a jet plane

Every six months, Penta staff have a one-to-one appraisal meeting to review the previous five months” work. The outcome of the meeting is linked to an incentive programme where the company pays for employees to go abroad. This has helped to motivate employees: Penta says more than 60 per cent of its sales consultants qualified for the trip to Dubai this year, and retention levels have increased by nine per cent.

12 Don?t be stingy

If you’re going to the lengths of organising an away day or weekend bonding session to motivate employees, don’t mess it up by staying in cheap hotels. Staff at Wellingborough-based Best Deal Insurance stay at the plush Savoy in London and the Ritz in Barcelona. The company also motivates employees by taking them on excursions to events such as Royal Ascot and Sandown Park. Employees appreciate the high-class touch, with one noting: “The quality of the trips is exceptional and unforgettable. They are great for team building and employee motivation. Staff turnover at the insurance intermediary has dropped from 40 per cent to eight per cent, while CEO David Thomson says net profit has ‘significantly increased .

13 Motivate employees by launching lots of new products

Innovative output and employee motivation can be interdependent; your people will thrive on being part of a business that produces new, ground-breaking stuff. Barnsley-based family business Naylor Industries made its name in clay pipes but in 1993, 100 years after its inception, wasn?t moving forward. Fourth-generation owner Edward Naylor modernised the company, motivated employees and diversified to such an extent that” 68 per cent of sales during 2007-08 came from new introductions to Naylor’s product line.

14 Always look on the bright side of life

“Think positively,” advises Contact Recruitment’s Bawany. Young people particularly those under the age of 25 have never experienced a negative business environment. They?ll wonder what the hell is going on and they may not be able to cope. Motivate employees by showing them what can be done, emphasise that this is a phase we re going through and that the company will come out the other end when the market starts to improve.

15 Motivate employees by encouraging them to develop their own creative projects

Every employee at Madgex can use up to 15 per cent of their working year to develop their own creative project ideas and direct their own professional development. Madgex says this has helped it to recruit 19 new members of staff across various experience levels during a period of four months and motivate existing employees.

16 Don?t forget about training

Offering training to your employees is an important way to motivate employees. It’s important to continue to train people up, even when there are economic pressures to cut back. Bawany of Contact Recruitment says: “Training doesn’t have to be external; it can be held internally, and it doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune. I think the best time to train your staff is when business is slow or when the economy has taken a dip. That way, by the time things get going again, your people will be fully trained and raring to go.

17 … but make it fun!

Training courses don’t have to be a bore. Motivate employees by making them fun. Best Deal Insurance’s training programme is interactive and, the company says, is the leading reason staff stay motivated and loyal to the company. After three months, it’s not unusual for an employee to be generating £15,000 worth of business each month but, as their training progresses, many will see this figure rise to between £25,000 and £30,000,” says chief executive, David Thomson.

18 Link employee motivation to customer feedback

Staff at junk clearance and rubbish recycling business Any Junk” are rewarded for enthusiasm, motivation, communication and positive customer feedback. These account for half the monthly bonus pool dished out to the £2m-turnover company’s truck team. The firm’s Net Positive Ranking of customer service has improved 20 percentage points to 76 per cent since the start of the scheme, and absolute revenue from customer referrals has risen by 32 per cent over three months.

19 If times are tough, be sensitive

Motivate employees during the tough times. Bryan Donkin Valves, a £5.1m-turnover valve manufacturer, went through a comprehensive change programme when it moved a division from its traditional location in Chesterfield to a purpose-built manufacturing facility eight miles down the road. Programme initiatives included one-to-one meetings with everyone affected; finding suitable employment for those made redundant; training for those in new roles and regular communication with everyone through meetings and a dedicated noticeboard. All but one of the 74 affected workers made the move.

20 Motivate employees by working with local educational establishments

Family-owned Fosters Bakery partnered with Sheffield Hallam University, through the government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme, to improve its competitiveness and motivate employees. The scheme at Fosters, which turns over £10m, is HR-focused and has meant training and development is now a pivotal element of the business strategy. Employees are motivated, they are staying at Fosters for longer and are better behaved (disciplinary actions have dropped from 20 during six months in 2005?06 to five during the same period two years later).

Staff still snoozing on their keyboards” If you want even more nuggets of advice on how to motivate employees, read our other guide on how to rev up and motivate employees.

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