Keep Your Workforce Motivated and Boost Productivity, Read These Easy Tips
Every company wants to see that their employees are happy and engaged with the work they’re contributing towards the business.
Engaged and motivated employees give their best work and contribute to a positive working environment. It is in every businesses best interest to promote job satisfaction for all employees.
If you begin to notice your employees are less than happy when they sit down at their computers every day, you may feel and look for ways to improve morale. Here are some insightful tips to help you boost employee productivity.
Instead of throwing around arbitrary solutions, we can turn to psychology for answers on how to motivate employees.
What Psychology Tells us about Motivation
Psychologist Frederick Herzberg, who studied Pittsburgh populations in the 1960s, came up with a job satisfaction theory he called the motivation-hygiene theory (it has also been called the two-factor theory or the dual-factor theory).
Herzberg said there are two parts to job happiness: having job satisfaction and not having job dissatisfaction. It might seem like the two parts to job happiness are redundant, but Herzberg thought each situation (satisfaction or dissatisfaction) were created by different factors.
Motivation Factors and Hygiene Factors
For instance, Herzberg found that employees were satisfied with their jobs if they felt challenged, recognized, and in control of some aspects of their work. These elements are the “motivation” factors.
The other set of elements are the “hygiene” factors — if employees lack these in their jobs, they will be dissatisfied.Hygiene factors include things such as security, reasonable compensation, benefits, or vacation time.
The best possible working environment would be a high motivation and high hygiene situation, where employees feel challenged and appreciated, and also enjoy good pay and generous vacation time.
The worst possible working environment would be a low motivation and low hygiene situation, where employees dislike the work itself and also aren’t compensated well. These employees have almost no reason to stay at their job.
How Herzberg’s Theory can Work in your Office
However, according to Herzberg’s theory, you can’t remedy employees’ lack of motivation by offering them higher paychecks or more paid time off. This would lead only to a situation of high hygiene and low motivation, wherein employees only come to work for the money.
If you want more engaged and productive employees, you need to address Herzberg’s motivation factors. And we’ll talk you through how to start this process, so that you can give your employees the best possible conditions to succeed.
1. Get Rid of Job Dissatisfaction
Before we talk about ways to motivate employees, you need to make sure that your company is providing the right conditions for engaged, happy employees.
If we follow Herzberg’s theory, this means getting rid of those things that could create job dissatisfaction — the hygiene factors.
Employees should have:
- fair and reasonable monetary compensation for their work
- adequate vacation time or paid time off
- competitive benefits, such as insurance plans
- a high level of job security
Physical conditions of the office should also be comfortable and and include: