In an ideal world, you would lead a team of self-motivated employees with energy levels that would never change and with levels of performance that would never go down. In reality, many different factors can affect an individual’s job performance.
Some employees feel like a further link in the chain and think that their individual efforts go unnoticed unless they cause problems that cause production to go down. As a supervisor, you should schedule regular meetings with your employees and solicit their opinions to find out the current problems and concerns.
You can also give the employee a platform to share how he believes the work environment can improve or how to increase production levels. If you communicate with your employees, you create a team environment. Many people are inspired to work harder when they know their efforts will affect the entire team.
You must set goals that your team and each individual should report to you. You must break your annual goals into monthly or weekly goals. So that employees can focus on reaching a series of small goals rather than having to face a huge goal. You can use tables to keep track of progress toward goals. Use these tables positively rather than negatively. Celebrate success stories and draw attention to the efforts of employees who achieve their goals. Do not draw public attention to failures of employees who did not achieve their goals. Employees who perform poorly can strive harder to see others being praised in public for their work.
Money serves as the main motivator for many people and the opportunity to earn extra money can motivate employees to work harder. Depending on your budget, you can separate funds to pay additional cash related to the performance of your employees. You can deliver small cash prizes on a weekly or monthly basis, or you can give a large reward that employees receive annually. If you do not have much cash to give, you can also motivate your employees by offering small weekly prizes, such as gift cards. Let the winners choose the gift card so that everyone has the opportunity to win something they can truly use.
In a busy work environment, employees sometimes have little time to socialize, which can make workers feel isolated and alone. You can create a more relaxed atmosphere at work by organizing social events. You can organize a party with dinner in the office or even a sport activity. Alternatively, you can also organize quick games in the office or tests that lighten the environment. Stressed employees often focus more on the negative than on the positive, which can lead to poor performance on the job. If your employees know each other well and feel relaxed, they may work harder by lowering their levels of stress and anxiety.