Work Environment

Providing a positive work environment for your employees is a great way to keep them motivated. When an employee walks into a clean and healthy work environment and they have all the tools and resources they need to complete their tasks, it will keep workflow moving in the right direction.

A positive work environment is more than just having an aesthetically pleasing office or headquarters, it’s also about the people within the organization. As an employer or manager, it’s important to stay close with your teammates to ensure you are aware of any conflicts from within. If your team is experiencing issues with a negative employee, check out these tips: observe, evaluate, listen, speak privately, don’t gossip, develop a plan and follow up.

To have a thriving work environment, it’s important to allow time for employees to connect with one another. This could be as simple as having summer barbeques or celebrating company-wide and personal achievements, which will drive interaction and fuel collaboration amongst employees.

Criticize Positively

As an employer or manager, it’s inevitable that your team will make mistakes in their work. How you react to these mistakes will make a big difference regarding motivation. If you get visibly upset and punish your team members, it will eliminate any remaining motivation they have.

When mistakes are presented to you, you need to correct the mistakes in a casual, positive way and provide advice as to how to avoid the problem. By handling the situation this way, your team members will respect you more as a manager and will be more motivated to present the best work as possible.


Providing self-development opportunities and programs for your employees shows them that you care about their career advancement. Enabling your employees to partake in a diverse range of tasks allows them to improve their skills and develop new skills.

Exposing your teammates to the different aspects of the business will motivate them to learn more about the company, which gives them a better understanding of how they are currently adding value to the organization and how they can add more value moving forward. Keeping employees in the loop when it comes to the company is also a great way for them to feel involved, which in turn, will motivate them to do more.

Compensate for their contributions

The purpose of compensation is to attract, retain and motivate employees. Fair compensation for employee’s work is important, but remember, paying too much can also be detrimental to your organization. That’s why it’s important to compensate according to worth.

Compensation comes in three forms: base pay, incentive pay and benefits. To keep your employees motivated, it’s important to utilize these forms of compensation where ever relevant. For some organizations, like ones that hire mostly on a part-time basis, compensation in the form of benefits may not fit. For others, incentive pay may not be the best form of compensation either. At the end of the day, you need to tailor your compensation to the needs of the company.