Motivated employees are the foundation of a company’s success. Finding ways to motivate your employees not only brings more success for the company but also makes the work environment much better. Employees cannot be fully engaged in their work, ready to tackle new challenges, and excited to do their job unless they are motivated.

If you’ve noticed a plateau, downfall, or change in the work of your employees it could be a sign that they are lacking motivation. Many teams deal with a lack of motivation and it is not uncommon. There are many ways to solve the problem.

Here’s a list of the BEST ways to motivate employees. Try these out, and you’re sure to up motivation and productivity levels in the workplace!

Offer Opportunities for Advancement

Any employee is more motivated when they know they’re working towards something. If they think there’s no opportunity for advancement, they don’t have much to work for. Motivate your employees by offering training and professional development that gives them the skills they need to climb their career ladder and succeed. Providing these kinds of opportunities will give employees something extra to show up to! A chance to stand out is always a motivator.

Appropriate Incentives

Incentives are always sure to boost employee motivation. It doesn’t need to be anything over-the-top or expensive either, an extra paid day off, tickets to the movie, or a paid lunch can be great ways to incentivize employees. If you need a new idea or proposal for a project, ask all employees to contribute and reward whoever’s idea is chosen for use. An employee of the month can also be another good motivator especially if it comes with perks.

Be an Example

Don’t expect your employees to work hard or act the way you want them to if you don’t set the example. Show excitement about your company’s projects and goals! Be at work just as much as your employees. Work WITH them. Most importantly, be happy at work! Good moods are always infectious, especially in the workplace. Set the standard you want your employees to meet.

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership opportunities give employees additional responsibilities that can motivate them to work at a higher standard to succeed in their role and reach their career advancement goals. Give these opportunities by changing who leads the team on a certain project or by rotating who leads a weekly training on a new skill or concept. You can also let different employees are departments offer insight or presentations at weekly meetings.

Solicit positive and constructive feedback

Give your employees a voice so they know that their opinions and ideas matter! This will not only make them more open and willing to share their thoughts, but also make them feel like an important and valued part of the team which they are! Encourage them to share how they feel about the development process for the last project, or what they think of the company culture. When they do speak up, listen closely, and respond thoughtfully. Their feedback can provide valuable insight that will improve the company.