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Have you noticed a downward trend in productivity at your new business? Employee motivation may be insufficient. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses everywhere have been reporting similar employee observations. Employees are burnt out. The work-life balance of a remote employee is all over the place. People are becoming sick with the stress of it and employee motivation is at an all-time low. It’s understandable, we’re all a bit traumatized.
However, we are business professionals. We must forge ahead. Although employees might lack motivation right now, we have the tools at our disposal to fix it. Here’s how you can improve poor employee motivation at your company, even if the work is challenging and the pay is low.
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Poor Employee Motivation Hurts Your Business
When your employees lack motivation in this way, your productivity starts to go down. Employees begin to miss problem-solving opportunities, can’t empathize with clients, or start drifting off while typing. They lack energy and enthusiasm. Moreover, if they are working in public-facing roles, your clients will notice.
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Tips for Better Employee Motivation
Around 70% of employees feel that they aren’t engaged enough in the workplace. However, here are some time-tested tips to change all that.
Try Bringing in Consultants
Just as you can gain consultants in any area of expertise, you can find an employee motivation and team productivity consulting service that helps you with motivational issues. This type of consultant gives you an actionable plan to help you gradually engage your employee’s overtime. It’s the best way to get the fastest results in terms of boosted productivity. After all, when employees are unmotivated, productivity falters.
Encourage Rigorous Clock In and Out Times
When it hits finishing time in the factory, we all punch-out cards and go home. However, when it hits clocking out time for a work-from-home (WFH) employee, they spend all night going back and forth to their computer. It might be their only internet source, so they stay logged on and ruin their work-life balance to help you out.
Encourage stricter clocking out times and make sure people log out of work emails to rest and recover. This will improve employee motivation overall.
Enforce Time Away from the Screen
Don’t make your employees sit at the screen for the entire 8-hour shift. Instead, encourage them to go and stretch their legs on breaks. Home office setups are notoriously bad for our posture and health.
Try using the Pomodoro Technique and introduce the concept of break timers to your staff. Set a clock for 30 minutes, then stop for five. This is a better way to manage remote staff than having them in contact with the screen for the full eight-hour shift.
If you take our advice and follow precautions, you should end up with a workforce that doesn’t hit the burnout stage. It will leave your business more productive overall.
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