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The Path to Leadership Success - How Incentives Motivate Company Employees

Despite company cutbacks and strained budgets, money isn’t the only reason why employees are motivated to stay in their current job. A motivational speaker shows corporate leaders that employees need a good reason to stay.

If companies don’t offer positive incentives, employees might walk out the door.  Where does that leave the company’s leadership structure? Companies won’t thrive and become successful if they don’t have motivated, happy employees on their team.

Teamwork From the Top Down
A teamwork attitude, from upper management to entry-level, is the key to a strong company foundation. These are common reasons why employees remain loyal to their employer:

•    A sense of camaraderie and friendship amongst fellow employees

•    Feeling appreciated and recognized for a job well done

•    An open door policy with supervisors and management – feel comfortable sharing and talking to bosses about work-related problems

•    Have the necessary training and tools to do their job correctly and efficiently

•    A safe and comfortable job environment

Incentives give people a reason to stay motivated. Companies may not have the budget to monetarily compensate their employees, but that doesn’t excuse them from not rewarding their workforce either. A simple thank you or compliment can go a long way.

Create a teamwork-driven environment. An” us versus we approach” is a quick way to decrease office morale. For supervisors, be approachable and get down in the trenches. Elitist attitudes and actions won’t win you favor with staff.

If companies aren’t already using these motivators, it’s time to get on board:

•    Ask for employees input and set attainable, realistic goals

•    Don’t pass harsh criticism when errors are made. Use mistakes as a learning opportunity and remember that employees are human.

•    Add fun and variety to employees who perform mundane tasks and jobs

•    Provide encouragement and lead by example

•    Appreciate and reward employees who go the extra mile to get the job done

Empowerment Leads to Success
Companies need to set up their workforce for success and not failure. Despite limited budgets, it’s crucial to train staff and give them a visible career path.  Companies can’t blame employees when their goals fall short; management needs to take responsibility and provide the necessary tools and resources to help employees.  

What do companies need to offer employees to help them succeed? A sense of empowerment. Without empowerment, the workforce ends up stuck and stagnant and company goals aren’t reached.  A sense of responsibility and ownership are musts in a teamwork structure.  Companies pile on more work and their employees feel overworked and underappreciated, Yes, people want job empowerment but they don’t want to feel taken advantage of either.  

High stress leads to job burnout, and job burnout leads to unhappy employees and employees who quit. Companies need to make the necessary adjustments. Look at job descriptions – ensure that responsibilities match the actual job.  Sometimes “extra duties as assigned” can’t be helped, but overworked and stressed employees have their breaking points and will cost companies down the road.

John Hersey is a successful business owner, published author and motivational leadership speaker. John writes one of the most recognized leadership blogs in the business world: http://www.JohnHersey.com/blog


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