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Put Scolding On Hold For A Moment: 5 Ways To Boost Your Employees’ Motivation

The key to a positive work environment: give praise and show acknowledgment to scale your business

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I’m sure you’ve all heard stories about dreadful bosses who serve as anyone’s secret nightmare. But hey, let’s be realistic — the majority of people who tell those are already ex-employees.

Here’s the thing — nowadays no one likes it working in a toxic environment. And while the negative working atmosphere at the office may be a result of poor management or lack of equal task distribution, there could be another reason. Having a toxic boss comes at the top of my list!

Yet again, there are still managers or CEOs that greatly describe this boss figure. Why would someone want to be characterized as a toxic boss is a whole different topic (though we’ll cover a possible reason down below), but the more important subject is this: No one actually benefits from this behavior.

Being a toxic boss actually downgrades your business since your employees would likely feel miserable at the job

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Okay, it’s a no-brainer that the employees are the driving force of any company. Without their professionalism and willingness to execute their tasks on time, no manager would be able to get to the bottom of a project. Therefore, the company itself would lose profits and credibility among its competitors and customers.

In order for an employee to execute their duties well and in reasonable time frames, they need to feel motivated to do so. And if a manager thinks it all comes down to higher salaries, they are terribly mistaken. In reality, while employees certainly appreciate a good pay rise, they also pay attention to how they are treated. If the latter fails to meet their criteria, they wouldn't think twice before aiming at a position elsewhere.

But before we get to the actual ways a manager could stop expressing toxic behavior and actually begin treating their employees appropriately, let’s first try to discover why certain bosses behave negatively in the first place.

See, many people out there love the feeling of taking control. But while some view control as responsibility and credibility, others simply see it as superiority. When this happens, it’s likely for a manager to start behaving in a toxic way — scolding employees is definitely part of their overall repertoire. Other toxic behaviors may include yelling, fining, demoralizing, ignoring one’s accomplishment, tolerating certain individuals, etc. Sounds familiar? Well, if you have experienced some of those, then you’ve probably had a toxic boss. Or perhaps you’ve done all of those? Well then, you most certainly should level up as a leader!

Successful employees are those who feel happy and fulfilled at the workplace. In order to achieve this as a manager, you should constantly motivate them. But do you know that the majority of people fail to respond to criticism and scolding? Positive reinforcement in leadership has actually proven to work wonders. There isn’t any mystery behind this — in a nutshell, people love feeling understood, praised, and appreciated.

So here are 5 simple ways to motivate your employees (I’ve personally tried them all)

Okay, here’s the thing — more and more employees tend to cherish a positive work environment. After all, we all spend the majority of our time at the office — no one really wants to feel miserable and under stress for eight hours a day straight. That’s why employees at large corporations who earn quite a lot prefer to quit in search of a more pleasurable office atmosphere.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 ways a manager can easily motivate their employees:

  1. Offer feedback and praise. By giving away feedback you actually allow your employees to monitor their own development and improvement in the company. Some managers out there believe they should give away feedback only when a problem has arisen but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you spare the positive feedback and praise, you risk making your employees feel unappreciated. This would certainly decrease their motivation to perform in the best way possible.
  2. Include monetary bonuses. When an employee does outstandingly well, you can further motivate them by adding a monetary bonus along with positive feedback. This would surely make them feel even more appreciated. Another great option is to create a bonus system so that each month a dedicated employee can strive for improvement.
  3. Engage with scheduling awesome team-building experiences. And I’m not only referring to those annual outside-of-town gatherings. Think of simpler ways to show appreciation to your employees. Take them to a bowling game (I once did and it was super funny). Take them out for a drink after working hours. That sort of thing.
  4. Offer the opportunity for your employees to climb the professional ladder. A great source of motivation for people is knowing they can further spread their wings. Receiving a promotion will certainly make them come to the office with a smile on their face.
  5. Take care of their further professional development financially. I’m talking about paying for internships, courses, seminars, lectures, workshops, etc. Let your employees feel confident enough to reach you with a request to attend an improvement course based on their career field. This type of investment will not only boost their motivation but will also benefit your company in the long run.

In a nutshell

Having motivated employees is the best thing ever since that’s a certain step towards successful business scaling. Establishing a company doesn’t only have to do with taking care of your potential customers but also your subordinates. The important thing here is for you to understand your enormous role in employees’ motivation. And then, take action for everyone’s sake.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!

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Ivan Popov

Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.