5 ways managers can motivate workers in the office

As a manager, it is your responsibility to make sure that the employees in your office are being productive. If the office is not turning out work the way that it should be, it can reflect poorly on you and your management skills.

If the office is not turning out work the way that it should be, it can reflect poorly on you and your management skills.

The best way to make sure that your employees are being productive is to keep them motivated. Motivation is the key to success.

There are a few things that you can do as a manager to make sure that your employees are motivated enough to produce the work that you expect from them.

1) Recognize Their Hard Work

When you can see that your employees are working really hard, it is important that their hard work is recognized. If they continue to work hard and you say nothing, they won't be as motivated to keep working hard.

If they continue to work hard and you say nothing, they won't be as motivated to keep working hard.

You can recognize their hard work and achievements in a few ways. You can hand out certificates and recognize certain hardworking employees in front of the entire office during a meeting.

If your budget allows, you can offer an annual bonus at the end of the year for the employees who have worked the hardest. Even telling your employees regularly that they are doing a good job goes a long way.

Even telling your employees regularly that they are doing a good job goes a long way.

2) Keep Them Comfortable

If your employees are going to be productive, they need to be comfortable. If your employees are sitting in uncomfortable chairs, they will need to reposition often to stay comfortable.

They may even need to get up and take a walk after sitting in an uncomfortable chair for too long.

When they are trying to get comfortable, they are not doing their work. If you give your employees ergonomic office chairs, they will remain comfortable all day and they won't need to waste precious time trying to get comfortable.

3) Give Them Regular Breaks

In order for your employees to be productive, they need to be at their desks doing their work. If you are burned out, however, you cannot expect them to be motivated.

It is important for your employees to step away from their work from time to time to recalibrate and refresh themselves.

If you give your employees a 15-minute break in the morning and a 15-minute break in the afternoon on top of their lunch break, it will give them a chance to step away from work for a while.

If they need to make phone calls, answer personal emails, use the restroom, or get something to eat, a 15-minute break is a perfect time to do so.

When they come back, they will have handled what they needed to and it won't be in the back of their mind. This will allow them to focus completely on their work when they come back from their break.

This will allow them to focus completely on their work when they come back from their break.

4) Set Several Small Goals While Working On a Big Project

If your employees are working on a big project that seems like it will never end, it is easy for them to lose their interest and motivation.

If you break up the project into smaller parts, your employees will have something to work towards. When they are meeting several small goals, they will be more motivated to keep working hard to reach each one.

When they are meeting several small goals, they will be more motivated to keep working hard to reach each one.

5) Encourage Teamwork

If you want to keep your employees motivated, you are not the only motivational force in the office. Your employees can motivate each other. 

Rather than calling them employees, you should be calling them members of a team.

When your employees are working hard and pulling together to meet a deadline, they will all come together to reach the common goal.

If one or two employees lose their motivation, the other members of their team will be there to get them back on track.

It can be difficult to you as the manager to make sure that all of your employees are motivated to reach their goals.  When all of your employees are working together to achieve the goals that have been set, they can motivate each other.

As a manager, it is up to you to make sure that your office is turning out the necessary work. The best way to do this is to keep them motivated so that they want work hard and reach the goals that you have set for them.

This article was written by Adam Robertson. Adam is a professional in the office furnishings industry. He works for Allard Office Furniture, an office furniture company which has 18 years of shared experience in office desks, chairs, supplies, and accessories.