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According to figures from the American Institute of Health, an adult spends an average of 8.8 hours a day at work. That's more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping. These data show that we spend more time with our colleagues than with our family. As the workplace has become a place to live, our colleagues can affect our mood on a daily basis. A motivated employee creates a positive environment in the workplace while a demotivated employee can be demoralizing.

1. Create a family environment
We are not talking about treating an employee in the same way as your mother or brother. Look further in the family tree and think about the cousin or the niece. We all have a family member that does not really fit. However, we do not tolerate hearing gossip on their accounts. The same should apply to your employees, or rather the members of your team. Make sure your employees know that no matter what affinities exist, you will be ready to go to war for them.

2. Know your employees

Work motivation is an intrinsic factor in the proper performance of a task. A student working the day while attending evening classes will have a different motivation for work than that of a single mother with two children to feed. Understanding the motivation of your employees' members will help you structure a support system that will be both beneficial and motivating for each employee.

3. Training, training and ... training
There is nothing worse than not knowing how to do it. You feel lost, confused, frustrated and all at the same time. Everyone hates not being able to perform a task (it reminds you of those math classes that were beyond you). An employee is more likely to be productive when he understands exactly what is expected of him and he receives the proper training to perform such a task. With the presence of video projectors in almost all meeting rooms know that trainings are not so difficult to achieve for you manager.

4. Be attentive before having the last word
As a superior, you have the last word and therefore the role of taking the right action. Emphasize opinions and listen to suggestions from your teams before making a decision. This will show them that they are part of a team and contribute to the life of the company.

5. Employees are also persons
Employees have a life outside of the workplace and these lives take precedence over work. This single mom you employ can not always have a babysitter. The student may have exams to pass in order to graduate. Be respectful, understanding (which does not mean lax) about the privacy of employees and you will have a grateful and productive worker.

6. Give them the right equipment
Make sure to provide them with a functional office! An unfulfilled task because of "too slow a computer" can give a good reason to relax on its productivity. So avoid this by providing the necessary tools for the realization and smooth running of a function.

7. Have the attitude "The stupid questions do not exist"
For various reasons such as the fear of showing a lack of specific knowledge to what is expected of them, an employee will not ask any questions. You are the person in charge for a good reason. Insist and have the attitude that goes with the fact that asking questions is a good thing. Creating this environment and responding clearly and in time helps maintain productivity at the required level.

8. Celebrate victories, no matter their level
Victorious and smiling employees with point in the air
Victorious employees

When an employee sees that every positive contribution to the team is recognized, he will be more inclined to continue on that path. Even double your efforts and therefore your productivity. Sometimes a single post-it's thank you was encouraging.

9. Example: Be a model
When employees see their boss give their best, they work the same way. By contrast, a manager who runs smoothly will clearly not make them want to do more, or even make them want to relax. A team will always be in the image of its leader.

10. No employee has more value than another
There is nothing worse in the workplace than seeing employees treated differently. We all had a peer treated as a "darling". We also remember this feeling of discouragement and even suffering in the face of it. If you are a boss and you have favorites, do not expect to reap equal productivity from all your employees!

At a time when competition is fierce in the workplace, you also have to report to your superiors on your daily activities as a manager. So look at it from a different angle, these efforts to be implemented daily in your team will make your job much more enjoyable and will increase the productivity of your employees!