How to keep your staff motivated

The environment in an office can have a major impact on your employee’s productivity. If you want your staff to stay happy, positive and, most importantly, productive you need to keep them motivated.

As Richard Branson once said, “clients don’t come first employees come first, if you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”

It seems simple: a happy environment = a happy employee.

There are small things you can do to help you keep staff motivated and engaged while at work.

Office Décor

We’re not suggesting you redecorate your entire office but sometimes the simple things like plants work. With you employees being inside for the majority of their day sometimes seeing a little colour can bring life to the office.

According to a study plants have been found to reduce tension by 37% and fatigue by 38% in an office.

Praise and Recognition

Giving your employees praise and recognition for their work can go a long way. Whether it’s just a simple “thank you” for staying late or rewarding them with some flowers or beer for going above or beyond.

Delivering praise can really inspire your employees to continue to work hard.


Nowadays benefits can be really important to employees, high paying salaries just don’t cut it anymore. Not every company can offer high value benefits but sometimes the small things can have a big impact.

Even just offering free snacks, tea, coffee or even gym membership you are showing your employees you care about their wellbeing.

Team Building

A lot of the time when you mention team building you might hear a slight groan from your staff but by thinking outside the box you can make this an enjoyable experience.

Offering a day, or half a day, out of the office away from desks can bring new life to the office, it helps your employees to step away from their day to day job and can give them a new burst of energy.

Trust Your Employees

Trust in a business goes both ways. Your employees have to trust your leadership and you have to trust your employees with their job. An employee who feels they are trusted and not micro-managed is more likely to be productive as they will want to prove they can do their job and be given extra responsibility and accountability for their role.

After all, that is why you hired them!

There are plenty of ways to make your employees motivated and happy in their work, which ultimately will drive their productivity. A good, positive environment is so important in keeping your staff retention. With the data, technology and analytics market so busy right now it’s essential if you want your staff to stay with you, you make them feel welcome at work.

How do you make sure your staff are engaged and motivated when they come to work?

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