Motivation 'key to boosting employee performance'

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Motivated workers will be more productive

New research has highlighted some of the best methods for motivating staff to ensure businesses are moving in a positive direction towards increased productivity.

A poll carried out by office space search engine Office Genie has revealed that while an increase in pay remains the most popular means of raising levels of motivation among staff (the top pick for 49 per cent of respondents), there are several other ways to boost motivation and productivity without the need to impact a firm's bottom line.

According to the research, more than one-fifth (22 per cent) believe access to flexible working arrangements are a positive way to improve staff motivation levels, while a similar proportion (20 per cent) noted that the simple act of offering praise for a job well done can have similar benefits.

Based on the responses of more than 1,000 UK office workers, the research also showed that for one in seven (14 per cent) the creation of a 'quiet working environment' can also work wonders in terms of helping to improve productivity.

However, at the other end of the spectrum, just two per cent felt that a bustling and noisy atmosphere was conducive to getting the best out of people, while three per cent noted that access to free snacks was a nice way to increase productive output.

Responding to the results, chief executive officer of Office Genie Ciaron Dunne commented: "The chancellor's summer Budget revealed the government's mission to boost Britain's productivity, and that begins in the workplace.

"Money will motivate most people, but business owners who can't afford to dish out pay rises and bonuses may take solace in knowing there are several ways to boost productivity that will cost their company absolutely nothing."