Motivation at work
- Create a pleasant atmosphere. Your employees spend a large chunk of their lives working in their office, so you should try to make the office look as friendly and appealing as possible. If you create a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for your employees, then they will be more eager to go to work every day.
Create a space that isn’t too cramped. Do your employees feel like they have room to walk around and breathe, or like they’re crammed in like sardines? The more free they feel to move around, the happier they’ll feel.
Make sure the temperature in the office isn’t set to be too hot or too cold. Your employees won’t be motivated if they’re freezing or so hot that they can’t focus.
Create a pleasant ambience through lighting. Though you may not be able to help it if your office has harsh fluorescent lights, you could make a big difference by putting up a few lower-wattage bulbs that are easier on the eye.
Make sure your employees have lots of natural light and position them next to windows whenever you can. They will be less likely to feel stifled if they are near light and fresh air.
- Take advantage of your wall space. Your employees will spend a lot of time staring at your walls, so this is a great place to catch their attention and motivate them into doing better work.
Put up a bulletin board where people can post pictures, birthday cards, and any relevant personal information that they want to share with their coworkers. This will make people feel more relaxed and comfortable, and they may even smile when they peek at the board.
Recognize outstanding employees. Though you don’t have to post the “employee of the month” on your wall, you can post a small notice or write a person’s achievements on a whiteboard for the whole office to see.
If your company is going strong, put up some posters that show the company’s progress to motivate the employees to do good work.
You can put up a few motivational slogans, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want your employees rolling their eyes at your overly-enthusiastic signs
- Use food as incentive. Don’t underestimate the power of having some food around the office. People will be much more excited to come to work if they know that there will be some food waiting for them.
Keep a kitchen stocked with tea and coffee so your employees spend more time hanging around the office instead of stepping out for coffee.
Bring in bagels and donuts for breakfast one day a week or month. This will get your employees to come to the office earlier and to spend more time there.
Order pizza for lunch once in a while. You can even institute a “pizza day” once a month.
Have snacks around the office. Make popcorn, bring in chips and guacamole, or bake brownies.
Bring in a cake or cupcakes on an employee’s birthday.
Create a festive environment through food. Bring in Easter eggs around Easter, and candy canes during Christmas to make everyone feel at home.