Three tips to improve staff motivation

Recruiting top talent is one thing, but keeping them engaged is another. You’d hope if you’re dealing with talented professionals they will always get the job done and stay enthusiastic but sometimes it’s just not the case. Even the best employees can go through lulls of feeling demotivated at work so here are some tips to encourage staff.

1. Create publicly available performance metrics

Nothing fixes laziness quite like provable accountability. If you can find a way to prove, with numbers and not subjectivity, how employees are performing then you can motivate your staff to be more productive. Clear performance metrics make providing feedback easier and forces people to want to ‘prove’ they are valuable.

2. Provide clear rewards for hard work

When you’ve created your performance metrics, providing incentives to staff can be a great way to motivate them. Once your employees can prove how much value they’re bringing, you can reward them for work that goes above and beyond what’s expected in their role, or for hitting big milestones. It’s great to give your team something to look forward to at the end of their project or task.

3. Identify any underlying problems

Sometimes the reasons for unmotivated staff can be for personal reasons that aren’t discussed in the workplace. Poor relationships with managers, difficulties at home, sleep issues, distractions – there are countless obstacles all working professionals face. As a manager, particularly in small business, it’s integral to check in with your staff if they’re feeling down to try and find the cause of their changed work behaviour.

Saxon Marsden-Huggins is the managing director of Recruit Shop, which offers recruitment services to small businesses in Australia and New Zealand.


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5 years ago

Public metrics are probably the worst thing you can do to promote work motivation. Shame and embarrassment promote withdrawal not extra effort.

5 years ago

Public metrics are an excellent way to either improve or remove the laggards. What a pity the public “service” doesn’t have such a thing,

5 years ago

How do you apply public metrics to many aspects of public service? A great example is the Aviation Fire Service. The has never been a plane crash at, lets say Darwin Airport. Clearly the Aviation Fire Service there has not delivered….so just shut them down of course… (Oh and if you’re the one that shuts them down AND a crash then happens, of course you’ll be public ally crucified.)

What about the Ambulance Service? Let’s apply some metrics to that? Hang on, did the patient die because they were always going to die? Or maybe they died because the Ambulance wasn’t quick enough? We Ambo’s are public servants…. Blah blah blah… The private sector is ALWAYS more efficient / better / more capable etc. What a lot of cobblers. I’m a volunteer rural fire fighter and let’s the private sector do that service more efficiently. Oh that’s right – they are all about profit, whereas I do what I do for free because I believe in serving the community…not just raking in a profit.

5 years ago

Motivation is very important to be productive and active. We need to work hard towards our goals if we want our dreams to come true but this is really very difficult when we have long and hectic work schedules. So question arises here is, how should we deal with it?

There are so many ways in which one can stay motivated and productive but I prefer to go with Music. Yes, music is a wonderful magic that can cheer up our souls and mind. Music diverts our mind from unwanted stress and refreshes our mood.

Employees should always use music as their best source to stay motivated and productive! Mindrazr, is one such platform which allows employees to listen to their favorite music tunes with set of instructions to overcome stress level. Employees can listen to the music at any time & for any duration, they just need to download the app and register there. You can check here for more details –