21 January 2015

Today is the UK’s first official Employee Motivation Day, launched by Argos for Business to celebrate the passion and effort us Brits put into doing our jobs. Whilst I don’t think this is something we should only mark once a year – as it should happen every day in my opinion – it is a great way to get the conversation about motivation going between businesses.

employee_motivation_day_300x225I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when it comes to responsibilities as a business owner, paying a wage is not enough to motivate your employees. Going the extra mile to inspire your team is actually one of the most enjoyable parts of running a business and I think the businesspeople not doing this are missing a trick – and missing out on a lot of fun.

There are so many ways to motivate people and I’m always looking to learn more if you have tips to share. At UKFast, competition is a big motivator, and I think a lot of that is down to the kind of people we recruit – people who enjoy the thrill of a challenge and who are always striving to be better. Whether it’s playing table tennis, spending the most time on the phone helping customers or competing with themselves trying to smash a personal target, you’ll find people pushing themselves throughout the business.

It’s the same with training and development, which is another huge motivator for people. We’re lucky to have former teachers Aaron and Arlene heading up this particular department, asking people what their personal and professional goals are and then helping them to achieve those targets, whether it’s getting a certain accreditation or training themselves to run a half marathon.

The common theme through all of this, however, is investment. Ultimately, motivation is all about investing in your team and making sure they feel valued. It’s about ensuring they are always progressing and learning. In my experience, people become demotivated when they no longer feel like they are developing or being challenged.

What do you think? As an employer, what do you do to motivate your employees? And as an employee, what keeps you feeling passionate about your job?

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