How to Motivate Employees Part 4: Employee Development and Support

If you’ve been following our advice so far, your employees already know that you appreciate the job that they do for you; our final How to Motivate Employees article will help you make sure they know that their careers are important to you as well. It is important to understand your employees’ strengths and areas they want to develop, as well as personal goals they have for their professional development so you can provide them opportunities within their job to work towards these goals.
Help your employees’ development and support them by:

1. Considering Offering Courses

See if you can create funding for an employee to gain additional training through an outside institution.…

How to Motivate Employees Part 3: Good Communication Skills

In Part Three of our How to Motivate Employees series, we’ll tell you how good communication skills will boost employee morale and productivity in your workplace. I’m sure you’ve felt frustrated by having to try to guess what someone is thinking about; nothing is more frustrating to your employees than having to guess what you expect from them. By making an effort to be communicative and clear about your small or medium business’ direction and vision, your employees can spend less time wondering what you want them to do and more time actually doing it!

Be sure that you follow these four rules for communicating well with your employees:


How to Motivate Employees Part 2: Clear Job Responsibilities

In Part One of our How to Motivate Employees series, we wrote about the importance of recognizing the hard work of your employees and creating good rewards programs to motivate and reward your employees. This week we’ll discuss how business leaders can reduce employee stress by assigning clear job responsibilities. Job clarity is one of the most important factors in a healthy work environment, and making sure that all of your employees feel as though they understand your vision and strategy will go a long way to reduce any pressure that they feel.

 1. Balancing the Workload

Employees of small and medium businesses are often asked to wear many different hats for the company.…

How to Motivate Employees Part 1: Praise Employee Performance

Leaders may find themselves, from time to time, wondering how to motivate employees. Just as the current economic climate puts pressure on your business’ bottom line, your employees are also feeling the strain.

In a survey of 60,000 Canadian workers, 80 per cent reported they were stressed at work “sometimes to always.” Stress is the largest health-related productivity cost at work, so keeping your employee’s stress levels low not only makes them happier, but helps your company as well.  Your employees’ happiness can spread beyond the walls of your office as well; it can make or break its reputation to job seekers, and clients.…

Mental Health Part 2: Mental Health Programs and Support

NHLer, Todd Fedoruk, has battled many demons over the course of his career.  At one point, the Philadelphia Flyers ordered him to rehabilitation. But was it enough?  The NHL and the NFL are currently struggling with their role with regards to mental health.  The hope is they will figure out how to not only support the players but also coaches, GMs, trainers, etc.  And while companies like Bell are setting a clear example of what we should be doing to educate the public about mental health, the majority of businesses out there are in the same boat as the NHL and NFL: they’re blind to the effects of mental health on their organizations. …