No doubt money is a helluva motivator, but there are plenty of other ways to inspire your staffers to perform better.
Here are the top motivators that managers should pay close attention to:
- A sense of security. Top leaders give their staffers as much job security as possible. Job security is about more than letting employees know they won’t be affected by layoffs. It also means creating an atmosphere where employees feel comfortable expressing their ideas, opinions and concerns freely.
- A sense of belonging. People spend most of their time at work, so employees need to feel comfortable. The best way to do this: fostering a team atmosphere in the office and discouraging exclusive cliques.
- A chance to move up. Employees who feel as if they’ll be shackled to the same job eventually end up doing just the bare minimum. Sure, not all staffers are meant for C-Level positions, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be exposed to different opportunities. One way: offering cross-training for different departments.
- A break from work. Managers who expect employees to devote every waking hour to their work will eventually end up burning people out. Sending the message that work life/balance is important at your company will produce the most productive crop of workers.
Are we missing any non-monetary motivators? Share them with us in the Comments section.