15 Ways to Boost Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Productivity for Employee Engagement

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by Ros Jones

Business coach and author

One of the most significant investments we will ever make in our business is in our workforce and employee engagement.

From recruitment, training and retention, our people consume vast amounts of time and money. In return we expect their help growing the business in whatever capacity they’re employed to do so.

Sometimes things go wrong. Employees turn out disengaged.

For example we might learn very quickly that we made the wrong recruitment choice, or an individual was just using our business as a stop gap with no intention of staying with us, or whatever else might emerge in the first few months that can make us feel we’ve wasted a lot of time and effort on the recruitment and training process.

But once our team is in place, it’s then our job as business leaders to retain and strengthen the team and encourage employee engagement. The easiest way to do that is to foster a business culture where people in the business are encouraged to think highly of themselves.

This is not about having an over-inflated ego. When we think highly of ourselves, we are more confident and creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships and communicate more effectively. We are less likely to lie or cheat!

Those with lower self-esteem are less likely to keep their emotions in check, cope well with challenges or look at life from a healthy perspective. Small things become blown up into bigger issues and daily behaviours are not conducive to productive teamwork.

Here are 15 ways to help with employee engagement and encourage our people to think highly of themselves:


  1. Encourage self-awareness

We need to help employees understand their strengths, weaknesses, and ensure they’re bought into the values of the business. Encourage self-assessment and reflection, so they can identify areas for growth and improvement.

  1. Recognise and appreciate

 Just because we expect the best from our team should not prevent us from acknowledging and celebrating employees’ achievements and contributions. Regular praise and recognition can boost self-esteem and motivation.

  1. Provide opportunities for growth

 We need to offer training, workshops, and professional development opportunities just as we take them ourselves. When employees see that you’re invested in their growth, they are more likely to believe in their potential.

  1. Set achievable goals

Working with our team, we need to set clear, attainable, and meaningful goals. Achieving these goals can boost confidence and self-esteem. Celebrate that!

  1. Foster a growth mindset

We need to encourage employees to view challenges as opportunities for growth and learning and emphasise that failure is a natural part of the learning process. By getting out of our comfort zone and trying something new is the ONLY way to grow.

  1. Offer constructive feedback

We all make mistakes. When these happen, we need to avoid playing the blame game. Instead, take a deep breath and provide constructive, specific feedback to help employees improve and grow and learn from the mistake. Offer guidance on how to overcome weaknesses.

  1. Create a supportive work environment

Be sure to have your business values visible and well-communicated. Ensure that the workplace is inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination. When employees feel valued and supported, they are more likely to have a positive self-image.

  1. Delegate responsibility

Sometimes business leaders find it difficult to let go of a particular task or believe that it’s just easier to do it themselves. But when we delegate responsibility, we give employees the opportunity to take ownership of projects and tasks. Empowering them to make decisions can boost their self-confidence.

  1. Encourage innovation and creativity

The boss doesn’t have to come up with all the ideas – and neither should they. We need to welcome new ideas and creativity from our team. When employees see that their ideas are valued, it can boost their self-esteem.

  1. Lead by example

As a leader, when we demonstrate confidence, self-belief, and a growth mindset, our behaviour can influence the mindset and self-esteem of those around us.

  1. Provide mentorship and coaching

It’s a great idea to assign mentors or coaches who can provide guidance and support to employees as they navigate their careers. A coach can help individuals build their self-confidence and it reduces the burden on you the boss.

  1. Promote work-life balance

Encourage employees to take care of and ownership for their physical and mental health. A healthy work-life balance can lead to increased self-esteem and well-being.

  1. Communicate effectively

Have a culture of open, honest and transparent communication. A great business leader will always address concerns and questions promptly, so employees feel heard and valued.

  1. Create a culture of trust

Trust is essential for employees to feel good about themselves. When they trust their leaders and colleagues, it can enhance their self-esteem.

  1. Regularly check-in

Have one-on-one meetings with employees to discuss their progress, concerns, and goals. This shows that you are invested in their growth and well-being. As your business grows, however, you’ll need to delegate managerial responsibilities to others. It’s never wise to have more than a maximum of 8 direct reports.


Remember that building self-esteem and self-worth is an ongoing process, and it’s important to tailor your approach to the unique needs of your team members.

Sure, there will be times when it doesn’t work out. That’s when the kindest thing to do for yourself and the team member is to let them go, sooner rather than later!

But by implementing the strategies above, you’re in a great place to create a positive work environment where individuals think more highly of themselves and are motivated to excel. How good would that feel?

If you have any comments or questions on any of the above, or would be interested in help with its implementation, please get in touch.

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