Employee Motivation Doesn't Come Straight from  the Wallet
Stressful jobs can often lead to stressed out, unmotivated employees. Any job that requires an employee to frequently deal with rejection or negative situations can cause a great deal of wear and tear on that employee. When an employee is down in the dumps, that means decreased productivity, which benefits no one. If an employee is truly unhappy in his or her position, that employee will likely be looking for new work despite possible financial troubles. 

Unlikely Ways to Boost Morale
The best ways to keep employee morale up is often not what you'd assume. A raise or a day-long company paint-balling trip is not going to do the trick. The solution is often quite a bit simpler (and cheaper) than that. One of the big motivators for employees is recognition. Don't underestimate what a simple "thank you" might do. It's hard for employees to want to focus on work when their efforts go unnoticed. Merely showing appreciation to your employees will make a huge difference. On a bigger scale, you can have special luncheons or banquets to recognize the hard work of your employees. 

Even simpler methods like emailing a "thank you" note will work all the same. Coaching, building relationships, and encouraging dialogue are additional morale-boosting methods. When you actually take the time to coach employees on how to meet your company's objectives, the more likely they are to strive to meet them. Remember that no matter how long an employee has been with you, coaching them through things is what helps them succeed. Then you can share in that success. And by coaching employees side-by-side with a positive attitude, you won't come off as the higher-up barking out orders. Barking orders from above employees is counterproductive. Instead, level with them. 

It’s All About Relationship Building
Building relationships is important. If you have trusting relationships with all your employees, the more comfortable you will be addressing each other. Building closer relationships creates for the type of tight-knit working environment that people thrive in. Keep an open door to encourage dialogue. Be willing to talk to your employees any chance you can. Be open and honest and everything will fall into place. When employees know they can come talk to you and know that they'll be heard, they will have a sense of comfort. Encouraging dialogue also helps you learn more about your employees than just what is on their resumes. Is an employee feeling underutilized? Do you have an employee who wants to get a degree that you can help with? Knowing these things will help you help them. 

Keeping their futures in mind will make your employees feel safe. Talking about their futures assures them they have futures with your company. This is also a good to time to reassure employees about any false rumors going around. Clear the air immediately if things like this arise. Some employees may never be pleased in their positions, and that's just a fact. See what you can do about this so they don't bring morale down for everyone. Maybe they could be better suited in different positions. A final method to keep in mind is to not let your worries become your employees' worries. You don't want them to feel more stress and pressure beyond their own. This will make them feel overwhelmed. 

If you keep all these methods in mind, you will have happy, productive employees, no matter how challenging or emotionally draining the job is. Motivation does not always come in the form of money. It's the simple things that we often overlook that make all the difference in employee attitudes.

Author Bio;
Hailey Harper is a marketing strategist and business writer whose work has been featured on over 50 websites. Her specialties include strategic marketing, social media, and SEO.

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Employee Motivation Doesn't Come Straight from  the Wallet

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