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Motivating Your Staff

Motivating Your Staff

Categorised in: Ask Nigel    Posted: July 13, 2015

In any business your staff play a critical role and there is no doubt that a happy camp with little turnover of staff is a productive business.

We cannot afford to take staff for granted and when things are going well there is a danger that you don’t think of how to reward or recognise your staff.

So here are some ideas that might help – and they don’t cost a load of money!

  •  Make a point of saying thank you in person: it costs nothing and means a lot.
  • Send a ‘hero-gram’ – As well as thanking the individual in person, follow up with an email to the rest of the staff, placing your thanks on record.
  • Offer little extras – an early finish on a Friday, or a day off on a birthday maybe.
  • Open-door policy – Staff need to know that the boss is approachable and that someone senior will listen to their concerns.
  • Have a laugh – A dose of light relief that makes staff feel glad they have come to work, like dress-down days for charity, an office quiz night, or a sweepstake on the Grand National.
  • Company award scheme – it shows faith in the staff, and gets them to remember the great work they have done so far
  • Lead by example – Managers need to get stuck in and get their hands dirty. It sends a message to the staff that they are not alone and someone at the top appreciates that they are going the extra mile.
  • Don’t be mean with expenses – Overtime pay may not be possible, but offering staff a free lunch on expenses when they are working through their lunch hour is a good way of saying thank you.
  • Wine and dine – Take the staff out for a pub lunch to mark a significant milestone.
  • Keep the information rolling – Being kept in the dark is the best way of spreading negativity, so keep everyone informed about company performance – and remember to highlight the positives.

About the author Nigel Toplis

Nigel Toplis is the Managing Director of The Bardon Group. Nigel sees his key role as providing the vision and direction for each of the businesses, developing new income streams - across the board, recruiting customer focused and passionate Franchise Owners and providing business and management support to my Franchise Owners.

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