Four Ways HRO Firms Can Help Boost Employee Morale and Improve Productivity
Despite the common perception, increases in salaries or financial bonuses are NOT the number one motivational factor for employees. Study after study proves that employee development, training and recognition programs are the primary motivators in the workforce. Most employees recognize the difficult financial times and will allow their employers a "pass" if they skip this year's bonus, but not if they feel under-appreciated. Recognize and appreciate your staff, and they will continue to give you their all, despite the tough economic times.
Employment Challenges and the HRO Solution
Yet, despite the noblest intentions, most small employers find their time and resources too limited to research, create, and implement effective programs. Their management team is already tasked to just "get the job done" and motivational programs are often viewed as extraneous or expendable. This is where an HRO firm can help! Human Resources Outsourcing firms employ a team of HR experts in a wide range of disciplines, from employment compliance and HR policies, to employee benefits administration and safety consulting. Most importantly, HRO firms work with a wide range of businesses and are able to collect, review and implement the most effective motivational programs that have been proven to work. More importantly, these programs can be implemented quickly and at a substantially lower cost than if they employer attempted to manage it themselves.
Below are four fundamental elements of an employee recognition and motivational program with which an HRO can assist:
1. Management Training - Some trainings are required by law, such as Unlawful Harassment Training. However, many courses empower supervisors to reach higher levels of confidence and commitment to their employer. With advanced management courses in their pocket, they can more readily motivate, train, and lead their staff.
2. Employee Development - An educated employee is a dedicated employee. Numerous trainings motivate and empower staff to reach their full potential. Time management, Positive Motivation, and Managing through Difficult Times are just a few examples of training that motivate employees to excel.
3. Incentive Programs - In a tight economy, most employers don't have the financial resources to provide large bonuses or cash incentives. However, with a little creativity, employers can find alternatives to incentivize and motivate their staff. Birthday parties, small gestures of appreciation, public recognition, and minor gifts go a long way in keeping your staff supportive of your efforts in tough economic times.
4. Employee Benefit Packages - A key motivator for employees to work hard and remain dedicated are good benefit programs. While insurance can be costly, many low-cost alternatives exist, including voluntary benefit and retirement plans.