The UK is experiencing a crisis slump in productivity, meaning it has never been more important to create a positive, motivated workforce – not just for the new year, but all year round. Research by Arden revealed that though 46% of the UK working population looks is more likely to re-evaluate their career at the beginning of the year, therefore the need to keep staff motivated all year round should be a top priority for employers.  

Perhaps unsurprisingly, salary was cited as the top reason to look elsewhere (34%), however over a quarter (26%) blamed a lack of recognition, while nearly a third (30%) blamed stress in the workplace. Many employees simply wanted a more understanding workplace, with 27% admitting they felt unsupported by their current employer.

Ensuring that your staff understand that they are valued within your workface is essential in maintaining their motivation to work hard. It can be demoralising if a company does not encourage their staff to develop their skills, therefore it is important to regularly check in with your staff to understand their needs and give them control over individual tasks and projects suited to their skill set.

Having a strongly structured Learning and Development program in place allows you to upskill current works rather than seeking externally.  Technology is moving at a rapid pace and a lot of companies don’t have enough staff with the right skills to navigate the changing landscape. By choosing to up skill staff, rather than source new candidates, companies can retain their current workforce while creating new and exciting growth opportunities for employees.

Running engagement surveys is a good way of discovering what is going on and to see what can be changed, as well as being an excellent opportunity to celebrate the good practices that are already in place.

Flexible working options is becoming an increasingly popular reason to why staff seek new employment. Arden’s survey showed that employees who were not looking for new opportunities ranked work-life balance as the leading reason for still seeking new employment, while a separate study found 51% of employees wished their company offered more flexible working options.

It is fundamental to remember that not all desire for change is workplace orientated. Take time to understand what your staff may be going through in their personal lives. Your employees may be struggling with childcare commitments, and it is important that you recognize this and implement ways in which you can support them.

Supplying employee benefits is an ever-popular way of maintaining employee motivation and moral. According to Glassdoor, 60%of people said benefits and perks are a major factor in deciding whether to accept a job offer, while an overwhelming 80% of employees would choose additional benefits over a pay rise.

Businesses should evaluate their current package and ask staff for feedback on whether the benefits on offer continue to hold the same attraction. Knowing what’s desirable, particularly among different generations, will put businesses in a much better position to build a package that really works for all staff.

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