Ideas To Keep Employees Motivated Through A Crisis

by Kylee Stone Jul 18,2020

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Wondering how you can keep your employees engaged through this crisis? In order for them to remain engaged, they need to be motivated first. But motivation is not something that employees alone need to practice. Motivation also needs to come from external forces, such as bosses and managers too.

Now during the COVID-19 times, taking employees out for lunch is not an option anymore. So we will have to make do with the other options that we have. Here are some employee motivation ideas that can work very well:


Boost your employees’ morale by making concrete displays of appreciation like posting a thank you note, sending them free lunch or coffee, giving them small tokens of appreciation, etc. Verbal appreciation is good, but tangible displays of appreciation are even better.

Public appreciation:

Motivate your employees by offering them regular feedback. When they achieve targets, make sure that you recognize their achievements publicly. Publicly recognizing your employees lets them know that you appreciate them so much, that you want all the other people to know how much you appreciate them.

Healthy work culture:

Unhealthy work environments are terrible places to work in, as anyone who has experienced it once can attest too. In a healthy work environment, discussion, debate, and innovation are encouraged. Employees are motivated, celebrated and taught how to fix mistakes. Creating a healthy work environment might take a little work at first, but when you do get to it; your employees will thank you for it!

Amicable environment:

Fear is not a motivator. It might work for a while, but in the long run, all it is going to do is backfire spectacularly. Instead of using fear as a motivator, you need to listen to your employees. This does not just mean listening on a surface level.  You need to look beyond the surface, see what they are good at, see what they are not good at, find a way to work through that and help them become better.

Practice less hierarchy: 

Humility as a boss is an essential component of a leader in the making. There’s nothing more demoralizing than a boss who leaves their employees in the lurch. Share the good times with your employees and share the bad times too. When your employees know that you’ve got their back no matter what happens, they will willingly work for you.

Personal development matters:

Employees are not meant to stay in one organisation forever. And neither should they have too. Help your employees map out beneficial career paths and help them grow as skilled individuals who will be a credit to any organization they join. Employees are more likely to be motivated to work for you when they know that you are going to help them out in ways that do not only benefit you.

How do you motivate your employees? Share your ideas with us!

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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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