Fall is right around the corner.

Ah, summer. Temperatures are up, and as more and more employees use their saved up vacation days for trips to various beach destinations, motivation is decidedly down. With the summer coming to a close, and fall right around the corner, we’ll be seeing long weekends and vacations replaced with lengthy projects and meetings galore. What can you do as a company to kick start your employees back into gear and increase their motivation, getting everyone back to the grind?

 

As a general rule, people are motivated by two overall factors: intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. Extrinsic motivation stems from a desire for more physical, monetary rewards, such as cash or prizes for a job well done. Intrinsic motivation on the other hand, is more internal and can be caused by a number of factors. From inherent desire to do well to high interest in the subject matter, studies have frequently shown intrinsic motivation to be the most individually rewarding and viable form of motivation.

Extrinsic Motivation

While it is unwise to use only extrinsic motivation, it definitely shouldn’t be counted completely out. Studies have shown that most people’s motivation comes from a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors. Raising salary and including bonuses is a surefire way to ramp up motivation for some time. It’s not just money, either. Incentive programs featuring products as prizes for a job well done are also a good idea. Consider using branded products, as well, to appreciate your employees while raising brand awareness.

Intrinsic Motivation

By focusing on providing intrinsic motivators for your employees, you will see results. Encouraging your employees to take ownership over their own output and giving them the freedom to do their work, their way is huge.  Let them work on projects that actually mean something to them! Employees need to feel like they’re part of something larger than their own menial tasks. In addition, allowing employees to give back to the community through fundraisers or events is a great way to boost motivation.

It’s the Little Things

Coming back from vacation is nearly always difficult. Make that return just a little easier by welcoming your employee back with something as simple as a small pastry or note on their desk. It seems small, but it will surely brighten their day. These little gestures let your employee know that you value them and are excited for their return (or that they returned at all… those Cancun pictures did look amazing). Encouraging employees to take some R&R through vacations can be a wonderful morale and productivity booster. Helping to ease them back to the grind can increase those benefits.

We hope the tips above help you and your employees get more out of every vacation. Blow those end of summer blues out of the water by raising motivation and getting your employees back to the grind!