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BizReport : Internet : October 22, 2015

Top 5 tips to inspire employees every day

According to several recent surveys, employees aren't just looking for a paycheck. They are looking for satisfaction and inspiration in their daily work. One expert offers her top tips to help businesses inspire their workers each day.

by Kristina Knight

First, be intentional about building your company culture.

"Every company has a culture, whether it evolves naturally or is deliberately designed and continuously reinforced. The most inspirational company cultures are intentionally created to support the company's vision and values reflecting the personality and soul of a company. A company culture is too important to be left to chance: Build a workplace culture that inspires employees to work together to support your business objectives but also honors each individual's diverse contribution," said Bonnie Crater, Full Circle Insights, CEO.

Second, be transparent.

"If you want your employees to feel like they have a stake in company success, treat them like an integral part of the team. That means sharing information as appropriate, including your vision for the company, your strategy and the activities you're engaged in to move the company forward. Frequent, informal gatherings are a great way to build closer relationships and share information about company goals. Weekly happy hours or a video party help build connectedness as well," said Crater.

Third, share financial success.

"In addition to sharing information with employees, it's also important to share monetary rewards. Bonuses and rewards provide a tangible link between employees' hard work and your organization's success inspiring staff to consistently go the extra mile for customers and the company. Shared financial rewards also contribute to team cohesion, promote staff loyalty and encourage employees to be more creative and committed," said Crater.

Fourth, put the team first.

"Some companies value the individual over the group, or, worse yet, pit employees against one another in the belief that competition will improve results. There's nothing wrong with friendly competition, but putting the team first is a more productive strategy, and it's particularly suited for a modern, collaborative workplace. A strong team that pulls together to meet customer demands and company goals provides an unbeatable competitive edge," said Crater.

Fifth, ensure work-life balance.

"Employees find it inspirational when the company recognizes them as whole human beings instead of just a cog in the company wheel. Provide employees with the time they need to contribute to worthy causes, spend time with their families and friends, and pursue their hobbies. When team members have time to recharge and relax, they'll be more productive on the job -- and less likely to leave," said Crater.

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Tags: business inspiration, business tips, employee tips, Full Circle Insights, loyalty marketing, SMB tips

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