8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Your employees aren’t lazy.  Well, maybe sometimes they are (after all, it is summer), but the truth is, you did, in fact, hire skilled and committed workers who will ultimately help grow your company.  

In order to sustain that motivated workforce, here are 8 tips to keep employees engaged.   

1.  Keep the big picture on their minds

Everyone gets bogged down in the day-to-day occasionally; however, one of the most important ways to motivate your employees is to constantly remind them that their day-to-day contributions fuel the overall growth of the company.  Start by scheduling monthly town hall meetings to keep your staff up-to-date on company performance and where you’re headed.  Additionally, schedule weekly rollout meetings in order to prioritize and outline goals on a micro level.  The less employees are kept in the dark, the more they will feel part of the company, in turn, motivating them to work towards the bigger objective.

2.  Coordinate in-office events

Whether it’s a guest speaker series, office happy hours, career training, or even offering a catered lunch on Fridays, in-office events can go a long way in building a sense of community within your company.  As an employer, you want the office to feel like a second home.  If your employees sense that camaraderie they will carry a greater respect for the workplace throughout their tenure.

3.  Challenge them!

This is likely the number one reason employees lose motivation in the workplace.  As a business owner, it is your duty to demand the best from your workforce and encourage the group to always work their hardest, even in challenging times.  Give employees projects outside of their designated role and comfort zone and allow them the flexibility to learn and grow on the job as they wrestle with those new projects.  You’ll likely notice a significant productivity boost across every department.    

4.  Reward hard work

Whether this comes as a monetary bonus, a gift, or a simple thank you, always reward your staff for the hard work that they do.

5.  Answer questions

Not all of your workers will have the personality and confidence to ask questions when they are stuck.  Take it upon yourself to get to know your staff and encourage an open environment where questions can be asked and addressed.  This is one of the easiest ways for employees to learn and feel more comfortable navigating your company’s hierarchy.  You might even find yourself asking some questions!

6.  Participate in a Volunteer day

Giving back feels good and it is also crucial to develop a rapport outside of the office with your employees.  Plant a tree, help out a soup kitchen, work at a clothing drive, anything that can help your community will do wonders toward increasing your bond with each other during work hours.

7.  Create a great work-life balance  

Encourage employees to spend time outside of the office as well.  Adopt new HR practices such as half day summer Fridays and generous paid time off.  If you give your employees a chance to recharge, they will come back stronger than ever.

8.  Put yourself in their shoes


What motivates you? It could be the thrill of closing a deal, building something new, learning a new skill, making money, getting a pat on the back form a superior or someone you respect.  Alternative, what unmotivates you? Taking the time to learn about your staff and what unique catalysts motivate and demotivate them will help you to have a better understanding of how to get the most out of them as well as how to have better relationships with them.

You’re a smart business owner and you know what it takes to succeed.  Be creative and be yourself and your employees will follow suit.  

And, if all else fails, there’s always Coffee!  

Please feel free to leave comments below or share strategies that have helped you to motivate your employees.