Motivating employees

So, you've realised your dream and set up your own business. You have a shiny new office and hired a bunch of talented, enthusiastic and excited employees. Everything seems to be going just right. Until one day you notice some of your staff seem unmotivated and unwilling to work, what do you do? Well, HRS are here to help with our top ways on how to motivate your employees! Ensuring your staff remain happy and want to work for you.

 

Make them want to be at work

The first thing we recommend you think about when trying to motivate your staff is to make your workplace a pleasant place to be. The majority of your employees are going to spend most of their day working there, so the least you can do is to ensure they enjoy being there. Now there are a few ways in which you can do just this! The first and easiest way to do this is to make your business aesthetically pleasing. A place that when your workers first walk-in in the morning, brightens up their day and gets them in the mood to be productive. Make sure it is well-lit, functional and fun. You can do this by choosing appropriate lighting, using up-to-date equipment and keeping the place clean and tidy.

 

Offer rewards and incentives

At times, you will need to offer your employees more than just a pat on the back. By offering rewards and incentives, you give your staff a greater motivation to complete work and push their own professional development. It doesn't necessarily have to be monetary rewards that you can use, something as simple as offering a personal car park spot for a month, free lunch, gift vouchers or a free trip abroad. The possibilities are endless, you just need to make sure that the rewards are good enough that they make your staff work harder.

 

Offer long-term career prospects

Nobody wants to work in a dead-end job. By providing your employees with a clear career path, you provide them with a target to work towards, albeit it is an achievable target that can be gained through experience and accomplishments. By providing your workers with opportunities to progress and develop new skills as well as earning more money, not only will they benefit, but you will too. The sense of greater responsibility and trust that you place in them shifts their thinking from "this is just a job" to "this is my career".

 

Offer flexible working

Advances in technology have changed the way that businesses operate. It has also changed the in which we work or the way we can work. If your employees are able to check work emails on different devices such as their phone or finish projects on their laptops, there will be an expectation to allow them to work from home. In a study from Forbes, 46% of respondents said that flexibility is the most important factor when it comes to job hunting. So, whether it's working from home or offering flexible working hours, it's important to keep flexible working in mind if you're wanting to attract top talent as well as holding onto the talent you already possess.

 

Be clear and honest

Another great way to motivate your staff members is to always be honest and transparent with them. Let them know and understand how the business works and how the business is performing. Keeping them in the dark about such things may lead them to think they are being alienated or aren't important enough to know what's going on behind the scenes. You can do this in several ways, such as including them in business meetings and briefing, sending them monthly reports or just a regular email every now and then keeping them in the loop. Not only will they feel like an important part of the team, but they can also point out areas if the business that can be improved.

 

Provide refreshments

Something that seems so simple but is so effective. Nobody wants to work when they're hungry, so, by offering your staff food and drinks such as tea, coffee and biscuits will definitely go a long way in keeping them happy and motivated whilst at work. A survey by Seamless found that 57% of staff said that food-based perks would make them feel more valued and appreciated and that 38% said food perks would make them more likely to recommend their employer in a 'best places to work' survey. So, not only will a great selection of snacks and refreshments help keep your staff, but will help to attract more.

 

Find out what they want

Too often, in too many workplaces do bosses and managers come across as if they don't really care about what their employees want. They only seem to care about what they want and what's the best way to make their employees help to achieve it. This is a surefire way to make your staff up and leave. To avoid this, simply sitting down and listening to your employee's needs and finding out what thing they value will help to foster a positive work environment. Doing the unexpected can sometimes be the best thing you can do for your employees and your company.

 

Create meaningful and worthwhile goals

The best levels of work are always produced when aiming towards something. If you find your employees are coming into work just to sit around and get through the same stuff on a daily basis without ever having a real objective to achieve, you will soon find them becoming bored and hopping onto job sites. Ensuring your company and employees have clear and achievable goals will foster a great working environment.

 

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Pedestrians during rush hour

For many of us, the commute to work takes up a large portion of the day and has an impact on our mood and productivity! A late train or a crash on the motorway can really set you off to a bad start, while a quick and enjoyable journey into work can make you feel positive and motivated!

So, what are the perks and pitfalls of the most popular commuting options? Let's take a look at some of the most significant aspects of the commute and put public transport and cars head-to-head to see what comes out on top.

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Price

When you're making a journey twice a day, five days a week, you want to know you're getting some bang for your buck. When you add it all up, learning to drive, buying a car, filling it with petrol and forking out for maintenance is likely to cost you more in the long run.

There are a range of discounts available for public transport users, especially if they use season tickets, buy in advance or use a railcard. The costs for public transport users are fairly straight forward in comparison to a typical driver, so in this round public transport wins!

London commuters during rush hour

People

If you've ever graced your local bus or train station, you'll know they can be chaotic at the best of times - never mind during rush hour! For some, the hustle and bustle is a welcome bit of excitement, while for others, the large crowds coupled with the unpredictability of public transport can be completely overwhelming.

When you drive your own car, you can avoid the awkward conversations on the platform, enjoy a bit of peace and quiet or offer a lift to a colleague if you do fancy a bit of company on your way to and from work.

Having your own car gives you freedom pick and choose who you want to travel with, so we'll give this one to car drivers.

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Activities

One of the benefits of choosing public transport is the additional time to you during your day for activities! Without having to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you can use your commute time to your advantage. Some popular public transport activities include:

  • Reading a book
  • Ordering shopping online
  • Learning a new language

Thanks to aux cables and Bluetooth connections in cars, you can listen to a podcast or your favourite radio show while you commute, but there really are limits to what you can do. So, for that reason, public transport wins this round!

Driving to work by car

Environment

Traditionally, public transport options are more eco-friendly than personal transport and it's clear to see why. One vehicle like a train or bus can carry a number of people to their desired location at once! If all of those individual people drove their own cars to work, they'd use more petrol & produce more emissions.

That being said, the gap between the environmental impact of cars and public transport is starting to close. With more and more electric vehicles on the road, we might be seeing a shift towards more eco-friendly commutes on the roads. With that in mind, we'll have to call this one a tie!

Hopefully, this has helped you decide whether you should travel to work using public transport or by car. If you're someone that doesn't currently have a commute... browse our current job vacancies!

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Job hunting

'Twas the build-up to Christmas and all 'cross the nation, jobseekers everywhere grow mad with frustration...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the UK, as houses glow bright with sparkly decorations and the airwaves once again become flooded with festive tunes.

With that, offices and workplaces around the country are also beginning to gear up for the holiday, as eager eyes focus on the well-deserved Christmas break on the impending horizon.

Unfortunately for job hunters, this joyous noel can result in a less joyous no-reply for job applications, as hiring trends and recruitment activities often get put on hold until the new year.

That being said, it's important to remember that, while Christmas is undoubtedly a time of giving, it's definitely not a time for giving up.

In fact, Christmas can be the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the January/February boom period...

 

Why Job Hunt Over Christmas?

As alluded to above, the new year is often the most popular time for recruitment as candidates and companies refocus their attention on finding work and finding workers respectively.

That being said, there's definitely a sizeable upside to job hunting at Christmas and numerous benefits to sending off job applications during the festive season.

 

Less Competition

While there may be less emphasis on hiring during the tail-end of the year, waiting for the January boom period to apply for vacancies can cause you to get lost in the shuffle.

Increased competition from other applicants also applying during the new year means that, by waiting until January, you are effectively increasing your chances of slipping by unnoticed.

Think of it as doing the weekly grocery shop during peak times on a Saturday. Congested aisles can lead you to miss some great deals and overlook some quality products - the same principle applies to recruitment.

 

More Vacancies

In addition to being a better time to apply in terms of getting a leg up on the competition, the Christmas period can also present an increase in the number of job vacancies as well.

It's not unusual for people leaving their jobs to finish up their roles in the run-up to Christmastime, as a means of extending their Christmas break. As a result, there can often be a spike in vacancies prior to the Christmas break.

Getting in early on these vacancies could prove fruitful as many jobs will include a condition on their job ad noting they reserve the right to close the ad early, should they find the right person for the job.

 

Budget Deadlines

 

For companies working with an annual budget, the end of the calendar year can often leave employers with a pot of change left over before the year is out.

In order to avoid budget cuts the following year, a "use it or lose it" mentality can take over and such businesses will move to spend their allotted hiring funds prior to New Year's Day.

Should the stars align, this enhanced focus on recruitment can be the perfect way to help you find your very own Christmas miracle in the form of securing a new job.

 

Temporary Work

Job hunting over Christmas doesn't always mean applying for the role of your dreams or the next logical step in your career development.

For some, finding a job can be as simple as finding ANY job, especially if such a search comes after an unfortunate lay-off or unforeseen restructure.

As such, it may be worth taking advantage of the numerous Christmas jobs available during this festive period.

While they may not present a comparable salary or an in-road to the next step on your career path, it will help you to cope financially.

Meanwhile, who's to say your Christmas job won't take a life of its own and develop into a career long after the festive season is over?

 

So, there you have it: don't just sit back and raise a glass this Christmastime; raise your game and put your job hunt into overdrive - it could pay off big!

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