Proven Secrets To Motivate Your Employees (No Raise Required)

There’s more to a happy career than just a paycheck. Most bosses think the secret to motivating their employees is money… well, it’s not. They desire to feel a sense of purpose and to make a difference in the company.

For obvious reasons, good pay is a big driver when it comes to taking a job. But does big money result in an increased drive in employee performance? Studies say no. What candidates really want in their career is recognition and appreciation from their leaders.

Employees want and need to feel valued. Having a sense of accomplishment and appreciation from their leaders is so much more motivating! Connecting with a human on the soul-level is a skill a great leader has to conquer. Being able to listen to your team, be understanding, be open to ideas, and respect them will result in more successful, loyal, and happy employees.

So how can you be a better leader and guarantee your employees are happy, motivated, and engaged? (Psst… this won’t break your budget)

1. Get To Know Their Goals

Having clear cut goals is important for your team. Everyone needs to know what exactly they are responsible for. Having a clear understanding of responsibilities will help employees understand their purpose at work. Also, get to know the goals of your team. What to they want to do ultimately? Do they want to move into management? Sales? Maybe they want to own their own business one day. As a manager, it’s your job to help your team succeed. If you aren’t helping them get to where they want or need to be, you aren’t doing your job.

2. Let Them Be

People want the freedom to think creatively and need their innovative ideas to be heard. As a leader, being open-minded and trusting your employee will make them feel like they are making a difference and being respected. They will, in turn, think highly of you and be happier to work for you.

3. Don’t Micromanage

No one likes another person breathing down his or her neck. Employees are intelligent human beings, not zoo animals. And as a leader… you know this. Because you wouldn’t have hired someone if you didn’t think they were capable of getting their job done. Understand that no two work hustles are the same—everyone works differently. Respect their methods and see how much more your team will thrive

Surprisingly, not all motivators are financial. What will keep stellar employees more engaged and on their A-game is respect from managers, recognition of a job well done, and healthy communication. The secret to greatness is right here, folks.

Curious to see how you rank as a leader? Check out our WorkCompass Leadership Survey to discover your strengths and weaknesses in leadership.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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