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3 Ways to Keep Your Employees Excited

In the RingCentral Small Business Blog, RingCentral CEO Vlad Shmunis gave interesting strategies on how to invest in a company’s growth. Among the points Shmunis emphasized is the value of investing in people. To quote Schmunis, “ As we’re growing, the focus is more the sense of the overall vision and culture understanding and making sure that everybody is on the same page. As far as the people we want to hire, how do we incentivize them? How do we keep them excited about what they do?”

The assumption is that employees are motivated because they like what they’re doing. But big news for businesses: Staying motivated in a job does not only constitute liking what you do. If someone likes cooking, this doesn’t mean that he’d automatically enjoy working as the solitary cook of a 24-hour burger joint without benefits.

Shmunis was not just mouthing nice words; investing in your top performers is actually one of the best ways to keep your business productive. In fact, employee engagement research by Gallup shows that engaged employees are more productive. The research, a result of over 30 years of in-depth economic study involving 17 million employees, says that engaged employees are safer, more profitable, more customer-focused, and are more likely to stay in your company.  If you want to win the marketplace, engaging your employees remains vital.

Motivation boils down to a management issue, unless an employee is just naturally argumentative and has a personality problem. Telling people to stay motivated is not enough. People need clear goals; they need leaders they can respect; they need to see results. If more and more of your employees are doing their jobs listlessly or leaving for other companies, then it’s high time to take some action.

Give them a sense of purpose

The company vision-mission exists for a very good reason. Employees need to stay focused. Working to make a living brings people to the workplace, but working for a worthy cause inspires them to do their jobs passionately. Level up your goals beyond getting more money. One thing that would make people stay with you is making them realize that they’re contributing to something worthwhile. Your company’s goals may be written down perfectly, but the question is, do you take them to heart? Do you make it a point to anchor tasks to bigger company objectives? Don’t let your employees stagnate into meaningless jobs.

Be clear about your expectations

Employees who don’t know what’s expected of them may do three things – aim too high, aim too low, or aim aimlessly. In all cases, employees may feel a sense of demotivation. They say that you should aim high; but if the results of aiming for something doesn’t come useful for your company, you and your employees could feel demotivated., The best way would be to set targets and corresponding rewards when appropriate. Also create a quantifiable evaluation system and make sure that this system is understandable to all.

Be a mentor

What’s your management style? Do you stay silent if workers do well and speak up only when they do something wrong? Are you overly monitoring or are you too busy to even notice what your employees are doing? Being a good leader also means reflecting on your role as a mentor.  Great leaders are not insecure about showing appreciation or sharing their knowledge. They don’t worry that the “underling” will get the recognition. They’re already there. Know when to step up for your employees and know when to give way when the time comes.

It takes soft skills and genuine concern for employees to be able to do these things. In the end, your team will feel if you’re just there to give them their salary or if you actually care about their professional growth.

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  1. Melissa

    May 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This is a very difficult topic and question .Employers should try to formulate tasks on the right way, then they will be implemented in life with easiness – and everyone will be happy and excited

  2. Azam

    May 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Employees are the main asset of any organization. If employees are satisfied business will go towards success.

    • Amanda

      May 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      You are absolutely right. But not every employer understands this and it’s a pity

  3. Felicia Corrine

    May 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    very cool blog. The entrepreneurs can follow your strategies to develop sound employee morale.

  4. Jane

    May 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Employee satisfaction should always on the top priorities of the employer. This can help the business move forward in a good way. Not bossing over your employees always helps.

  5. ria

    May 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    motivation is necessary at every stage of life. Employes are very essential part for any organization and they should be motivated time to time so that they can do their work while enjoying it instead of getting bore with it.Thanks for these three tips. Enjoyable reading I must say.

  6. Jenny

    May 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Obviously Employees are the most vital part for every company, If employees are satisfied business will go towards success in flow, but it is never easy to satisfy all employees, I don’t own any company but in future offcource, thanks for your tips, they are nice.

  7. Alexia

    May 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Proves how vital it is to keep your employees motivated and happy since without them, there is no company.

  8. Nathan Brown

    May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    It is a great idea to keep the employees excited with a blog space that they can call their own. But never lose sight of the fact that a fast internet connection is just as important for being a great blogger.

  9. Roy Fernandez

    May 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    This is against the corporate interests 🙂

  10. Randy Collins

    May 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Every employer needs to understand the importance of having good resources and that they are the people that make or break a company. The tips were really great and informative

  11. Alsace

    May 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Really it’s so important to be a good manager without management objective we will be a bad manager !!!
    All the time ,We have to motivate our employes !! Being positive !!!

  12. Robert

    May 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

    And I really love to read your blog as well as the examples that you’ve mention. Thank you so much for this helpful contents. I am looking forward to see more example contents like this.

  13. Jenna

    May 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I have always felt unmotivated to take on more of a workload when an employer remained silent and refused to give praise when warranted. It not only increases moral, but makes for a much happier workplace when accolades are given.

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