6 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement without a Pay Raise

Get the Most Out of Your Employees without Breaking the Bank

Many employers lose good employees, thinking a pay raise or bonus will keep them going. Of course, money is

always a solid motivator, as is a strong compensation plan, but a bigger paycheck is not always the better

answer. Gas, groceries and daily necessities can eat up a bonus; rather than something employees can enjoy, it

is quickly gone with nothing tangible to remember. Here are six ways to motivate your employees, achieve higher

productivity and a happier business culture -- without buying it.

1. Provide Recognition

For some managers, remembering to acknowledge employees' achievements may be difficult. Especially since

many lack recognition themselves. However, positive attention for a job well done can increase business morale.

As employees begin to understand their work will be acknowledged, they also gain the perception that they are

valued. A valued employee is a happy employee and thus a productive employee. You'd be amazed what a little

pat on the back can do.

2. Provide Ample Face Time

A strong employer is one who has time to listen, even if it is only for five minutes. Giving your employees "face

time" shows you care. That time can be through coaching for employee development or simply taking a few

minutes to listen to their concerns, feedback or other commentary. Spending a few minutes of your day with one

of your high-performers could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

3. Create a Positive Work Environment

Are your employees working in uncomfortable offices with no windows? Numerous studies have shown that

quality matters in a person's surroundings. A comfortable chair, filing space and the necessary office supplies

can drastically improve your employees' productivity levels and overall morale. Cosmetically, nice walls,

windows and a few plants can also help. Survey your employees' working conditions with an unbiased eye. What

can you change to make them better? These minor infrastructure expenses could prove nothing next to employee

turnover costs.

4. Create a Sense of Unity

Spending eight hours a day with coworkers tends to create a feeling of family. A strong employer can build on this

with a few changes, such as a picture of all the employees in a prominent place. Occasional company-based

social gatherings (i.e. Christmas or Halloween parties) can also bond people together. Want to start off simply?

Create a "Cookie Club" in which different employees sign up to bring in homemade baked goods once a week.

You'd be surprised how fast people bond when food is involved.

5. Extra Time Off

Time off is often as strong a motivator as money is, if not more in some cases. Offer contests and let people

compete for an extra half hour off. Let the winner choose when they'd like to take that time off (come in late, leave

early, or have a longer lunch hour). For some companies, it may be possible to set team goals (creating unity)

and allow everyone to leave early when goals are reached.

6. Make Work Fun

Work isn't supposed to be Romper Room, but the workday doesn't have to be monotonous for a business to

succeed. In some places, just meeting deadlines or doing the work itself is stressful enough. A little bit of fun

makes the day more enjoyable. This, in turn, makes it easier to come to work.



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