Are you wondering how to motivate employees? Leaders can implement these seven critical strategies to help get the best from their team.
One of the biggest challenges employers face is how to get employees to arrive at work engaged and ready to give their best. Leaders are continually looking for the secret sauce that will motivate employees and influence them to increase productivity.
Did you know that only 15% of individuals feel respected and valued by their employers? If they don't feel respected and valued, it's no wonder leaders always ask us how to motivate employees.
What is the secret sauce to getting the best from your employees?
Here’s what I know – organizational leaders are the main ingredient in the secret sauce and once they realize how much influence they have to engage employees things turn around quickly. Emotionally effective leaders have the strongest impact on employees and know how to get the best out of them.
Leaders with advanced emotional intelligence are aware of their surroundings and demonstrate empathy and compassion. Acknowledging other’s feelings and addressing challenges by showing they genuinely care, they are employing specific emotional and social skills that positively impact relationships. Basically, by leading with compassion, they have the ability to relate and interact authentically.
How to motivate your employees.
I have the distinct privilege of working with leaders who strive to learn how to engage and positively influence their employees. During our workshops I share valuable strategies they can practice to consistently build and nurture lasting relationships with their team.
7 strategies to get the best out of employees.
- Act with integrity. When you act with integrity you build trust. Trust is the backbone of any relationship. You want to build it with each team member. Here's more on how to do this.
- Listen to them. Employees want to be heard. Keep them engaged through open communication and active listening. When your team feels their input is valued they are more committed to being engaging and demonstrating their best work. Have a look at this post for more on how important it is to feel and be heard at work.
- Keep them informed. Keeping your team abreast of what’s happening in the workplace is essential. Over time, our social awareness increases and we know when something is up. Reduce gossip and enhance productivity by communicating regularly with your staff.
- Show the team you care. Show your employees you care about them by checking in with them daily if possible. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation but it must be authentic. Saying hello and seeking eye contact is crucial for engagement. If you walk by and ask them how they’re doing without taking the time to stop and listen to their response you will appear to be inauthentic.
- Be empathetic. Empathetic leaders have the capacity to recognize and understand others’ feelings and opinions by figuratively walking in their shoes or seeing things through their eyes. Our relationships are deeper and more meaningful when we're more empathetic. Luckily, it can be learned and taught.
- Lead with compassion. Leading with compassion is about being aware of how we relate and interact with others. It's also about how we authentically reflect upon our conduct to make changes as needed.
- Last but not least. Practice humility. Employees want to support leaders who are humble and vulnerable. When leaders have the ability to apologize and admit they don’t have all the answers it makes it easier for employees to follow, support, and engage with them. Leaders often struggle with vulnerability. But vulnerability is a key asset to emotional intelligence.
Above all, emotionally intelligent leaders tend to have more motivated employees.
So, start today by reflecting on these skills and practice the ones that need to be developed one at a time. Before long, you won't be stuck wondering how to motivate employees and you can focus on other important topics.