Keeping employees motivated and engaged is vital to business success. When employees feel valued, they will be productive, more loyal to your organisation and become your best brand advocates. Here are 5 ways to keep your employees motivated during the current heatwave and beyond.

1. Make your office a nice place to work.
Does your office space inspire you? If the answer is no, it won’t be inspiring your employees either. No one is going to feel motivated by working in a boring space for 8 hours a day. Making changes to spruce up your office doesn’t have to be expensive; you can easily pick up some funky furniture and wall art from Ikea. Have you thought about adding some plants to your space? Studies have shown that indoor plants can have major positive benefits for employees and their organisations. If you are unlucky enough to be getting through this week without air conditioning, invest in some fans (if they haven’t all sold out!) and allow employees to dress more casually in the workplace.

2. Be more flexible.
Flexibility in the workplace is listed as one of the most desired perks when it comes to job searching. To attract and retain talent employers need to realise the benefits of offering some kind of flexible working – whether that is working from home or negotiating earlier start and leave times. Today, for example, to save your employees sitting in rush hour traffic in 38-degree heat or worrying about whether South West Train tracks are melting, allow them to leave a bit early. That one small gesture will make a big difference to your employees’ day, and they will thank you for it.

3. Ask for Employee Feedback.
Have you asked your employees what they need or want in the workplace to have an improved employee experience? When you are your employees for their input, they will feel more valued and part of a team, and as a result will feel close to your organisation and your goals. Maybe you could try a simple suggestion box in the office -make a few suggestions of your own – an early leave Friday or drink after work is never a bad idea.

4. Celebrate Success.
Engaged and motivated employees are vital to the success of your business. When an employee feels they are appreciated, they will go the extra mile for your organisation, and your customers.
It’s human nature to enjoy recognition for a job well done and it doesn’t take a minute out of your busy day to say thank you or recognise a job well done at your team meeting.
Celebrating company success is a great way to show your employees they are valued and an important part of your business. Have you hit your quarterly targets or acquired a great new customer? Make sure you make time to celebrate it!

5. Provide keep cool snacks

We’re not saying offering employees ice lollies is the secret to a happy and productive workforce, but it can’t hurt, can it!.
Your employees will thank you for thinking of them and making the effort to provide them with a well-earnt treat.

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