Motivating employees is an intricate art form, with every worker responding to motivators in different ways. These days, there’s a lot more to it than simply picking the carrot or the stick approach. Modern employees simply won’t tolerate the sort of workplace cultures they may have endured years ago. To get the most out of your workers, you have to identify their motivations and create a unique way of recognising and rewarding their achievements and letting them know when their performance hasn’t been up to scratch.

In this quick guide, we’re going to take a look at 4 techniques you can use to motivate your team. Although each of these techniques may not work to motivate every employee, when used in combination as an overarching strategy, we think there’s something to tick just about every motivational box.

1. Be the sort of manager you’d want to work for

If you look back at your career, there will hopefully be a few managers that you’ve genuinely respected and wanted to do your best for. Many people think they make excellent leaders, but the truth is very few do. In fact, it’s often the people who wouldn’t necessarily put themselves forward as leaders that make the best managers. Why? Quite simply, because they listen, they’re supportive and they’re respectful. To be a good manager requires a genuine desire to support and improve those around you. In the UK, the ego-centric, bullish manager who only cares about how their subordinates’ work makes them look is far too prevalent and this is something that needs to change.

2. Give them more autonomy

Employees who are free to make their own choices about their work are happier, more committed and more motivated. Every employee will have their own way of working as well as varying skill sets and attributes. Micromanaging employees turns these assets into liabilities, making any individualism something to be frowned upon.

By giving employees more autonomy, businesses are able to capitalise on these diverse attributes to create multi-faceted, innovative and adaptive teams that ultimately succeed. As well as improving the performance of the team, autonomy boosts the employee experience and the culture of engagement in the company, all of which impact positively on levels of motivation.

3. Provide healthy workplace food

Could free food at work really be motivational? Well yes, actually. Research has found that 57 percent of 1,200 respondents said they would feel more valued and motivated at work if their employers provided them with food. The key is to make that food healthy. Providing a fresh supply of office fruit from a provider like Fruitful Office can also boost the health and wellbeing of employees, helping to create a happy and motivated team.

4. Ask employers what they want

If your team is suffering from a lack of motivation, sometimes the simplest way to improve the situation is to speak to them directly and ask them what they need to feel more engaged with their work. Taking just 10 minutes to sit down with them individually could help you get to the root of the demotivation and put measures in place to improve things.

What motivators do you respond well to at work? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.