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10 methods to encourage your staff (with out cash)

No, the salary is not everything.

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This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur as a result of this process.

No, the salary is not everything. Of course, fair pay is important so that every employee is motivated to do their best at work … but that's just the basics. In reality, there are many other factors that affect people's mood – and therefore productivity – of people. Take them into account to build a happy and efficient work team:

1. Make sure they are all in the correct position

Having someone poorly trained in a key position is just as disastrous as having someone highly skilled and doing overly simple tasks. If you notice someone has initiative and is able to complete important tasks, don't bore them by asking them to spend the day emailing! Make sure that all people are suitable for their position.

2. Give them the tools they need to perform their functions

This includes not only better computers (please give them better computers), but also training. Many executives underestimate the importance of taking the time to train them and answer their employees' questions. Don't assume you already know everything! Spend time with them reviewing projects, setting goals, and defining what tools they will need to achieve them.

3. Tell them what you want them to do

At the time of hiring and from time to time, meet with each member of your team to determine (with balls and sticks) what you expect from the performance and what results you would like to see. Nothing can be worse for an employee than having no idea what role they play in a company.

4. Did you do a good job? Let them know

"Yes, they are achieving their goals, but that's why I hired them." If you have ever said these words, maybe it is time to reconsider that attitude. We all need a pat on the back every now and then to have the courage to move on. And no, doing this will not make you weak in front of others.

5. Treat them with respect

People who are satisfied with their work stay in it longer and give much more than is expected of them. And who likes to be trampled on all the time? Meet with your co-workers regularly to make sure they are happy with what they are doing. Also have an "open door" policy so that they are comfortable talking to you about what is bothering them.

6. Give them autonomy

Do you tend to want to control everything? Do you ask them to tell you about every task they do during the day? Most likely, they are feeling choked and will try to run away from you at the first opportunity. Tell them what to do and let them do it! Asking them for daily reports or holding regular meetings will drastically reduce your desire to work.

7. That not everything is work!

Productivity is important, but just thinking about work and viewing anything but a “distraction” creates a tense and uncomfortable work environment. From time to time, organize leisure activities that will allow them to distract themselves from work and strengthen bonds in the team. How about a ping pong tournament? A race? A trip to a restaurant? Please: Treat your employees as people and not as numbers.

8. Offer them growth opportunities

In addition to salary and good offers, employees strive for professional development. Offer them opportunities to develop their skills and learn new things, whether or not they are directly related to their field. Offer your employees the opportunity to become valuable employees for the company.

9. Give them flexible working hours

When you trust their organizational skills, you give them the ability to manage their schedule to suit their personal needs. This, as well as the possibility to work from home, lead to more efficiency and a higher level of motivation.

10. Respect your time

Nothing can be more frustrating than feeling like your time is not being valued. Can you imagine making your co-workers feel like being late for a meeting, changing the time five times, or asking them to stay late to do a task – which might wait until the next day? Respect their schedules as you would expect them to respect yours.

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