• 70% of staff feel “unappreciated” at work.
• 17% highlighted that long service milestones were not celebrated
• 7/10 feel undervalued in their current role and a further 6/10 are actively looking for a new job.
These are just some statistics from a survey conducted by The Voucher Shop on staff motivation within the NHS.
Staff motivation should always be at the forefront of a manager’s mind because if the workforce is demotivated then a company will never reach its full potential.
If high staff turnover and low work performance sounds all too familiar, here are our tips for inspiring employees:
1. Financial incentives
Most of us would agree that money is a highly motivating factor.
Financial incentives definitely work well within the sales, manufacturing and engineering industries as staff are paid extra when they exceed their quotas.
2. Non-financial incentives
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For many companies, financial incentives are not viable due to budgetary restrictions.
Martin Cooper, Head of Sales at Love2reward, says:
“If staff receive something tangible, the glory is reflected on the company that gave it to them; they will think positively about it for a long time as they admire the item they purchased with the gift card/voucher etc. Give someone cash and six months down the line they will struggle to remember what they used it for, more often than not it is used to pay a utility bill or credit card.”
“Non-cash rewards such as gifts or vouchers can result in 25 percent higher work performance than cash incentives. Even simple gestures such as a thank you, can increase a person’s willingness to help again by 100 percent.”- Kuijit Kaur, Head of Business Development, The Voucher Shop
Whether you motivate your staff through a small gift or praise them for their hard work, nonfinancial incentives could really benefit your organisation.
3. Job enlargement, Job enrichment, Empowerment
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If employees are not motivated in their roles, then no amount of money or gifts will inspire them to work harder.
Frederick Herzberg (famous for his ‘hygiene’ and motivational factors theory) believed that employees are motivated when they have greater levels of responsibility.
Job enlargement – Where possible, give staff a greater variety of tasks. There is nothing more demotivating than doing the same thing day in, day out. Variety makes the job more interesting and rewarding.
Job enrichment – Give staff complex tasks to complete and employees will feel a greater sense of achievement.
Empowerment –Allow employees to take responsibility for their own working life.
For ideas on staff gifts that will motivate your workforce visit our staff rewards and incentives page on our website.