5 Tips for HR to Motivate Employees in Startups & Small Businesses


Employee Motivation Employee motivation is a very important aspect in getting the best out of the workforce. One must remember the basic, which is, better input results in better output. In order to get a better input, one but obviously needs to motivate their employees.

Here are five tips to motivate employees in startups and small businesses:

Meritorious delegation

To get your employee motivated in his/her work, assign them tasks they are interested in and capable of. Once you give them a job based on their merits, they will inevitably be motivated to show due diligence in their work.

Laurels and encouragement

Do not ignore any employee and their engagement in work. Whenever they do something right, compliment their work. When they mess up, tell them politely. Avoid being harsh and be encouraging instead.

Reward target achievements

Whenever an employee achieves a difficult target or has simply worked too hard for too long, reward them. Give them a holiday or a coupon to a fancy buffet. A gesture that makes an employee feel that their talents don’t go unnoticed is never a waste. They will surely be highly motivated at work the next day.

Get your employees involved

If you find an employee who is demotivated and you can’t help him/her for some reason, ask another employee to help them. After all, the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer up someone else. You will most probably succeed in having more than one motivated employee.

Feel-good work environment

Create a work place where employees, authorities, and subordinates all respect and honor each other. If you find any animosity between employees or a dishonorable employee, resolve the matter as soon as possible. This will not only create a positive work environment but also motivate your employees to work better and just be happier with their job.

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  • Anne

    Good common sense reminders for small businesses. I would clarify partnering a positive employee with a demotivated one. Thanks for sharing.

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