Managing employees can often be challenging in today’s remote and brick-and-mortar workplaces. Never before have companies faced such dynamic human resource challenges. When team members are difficult, this can make things even harder.

Here are three potentially effective incentives for problematic employees, from starting off on the right foot and making sure your team members are on the same page to using fair and reasonable disciplinary measures to correct employees who overstep their bounds. Here’s what you should know, and where to get comprehensive team training online.

1. A Solid Employee Code of Conduct 

First, you should have a solid employee code of conduct in place to let team members know in no uncertain terms what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. Typically, this is included in your employee handbook. Both new and established employees should be regularly trained in company conduct guidelines. 

Some businesses neglect to reinforce their code of conduct among established team members; however, this often leads to employee mistakes, simply because they did not realize a particular action was prohibited. Employees who like to challenge authority will find it difficult to do so with a robust code of conduct.

By ensuring that all employees are up to date on what is expected of them in the workplace, you can help set your team members up for success. You should consider evaluating this code of conduct annually to make sure that it still fits the changing needs of your growing business.

2. A Structured Disciplinary System 

Although incentives are commonly thought to be strictly rewards, anything that motivates employees to stay on track and perform their tasks to the best of their abilities can be considered incentive.

Make sure you have a fair but structured disciplinary system in place that allows you to impose reasonable consequences on employees who engage in behavior prohibited by your company’s code of conduct. 

All employees should be treated the same under the disciplinary system, and team members should be well aware of the potential penalties of conduct violations in the workplace. Don’t allow one employee to get away with prohibited behavior after penalizing another; this can easily lead to animosity and hostility in the workplace, whether online or in an office.

3. Rewards for Meeting Goals 

Not only should you ensure that team members are held accountable for problematic behavior, but you should also be sure to offer rewards to employees that do a good job. 

The list of rewards and what conduct they are awarded for should be in a place that is easily visible to employees. Being able to keep their eye on the prize, so to speak, can help team members stay motivated to meet company goals, even under pressure or in the face of challenges.

Examples of rewards can be something simple like an extra paid day off, or they can be more out-of-the-box to keep employees engaged and working hard. For example, you could offer a monthly catered lunch if your team meets a specific sales goal, or a gift certificate to a popular store, restaurant, or other service provider.

All team members should have the same opportunity to earn the same rewards as all other team members. Avoid creating an incentive system that makes it easier for some employees to earn rewards and harder for others.

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