How to Motivate Your Team?
When you’re running a business, your team is your greatest asset and biggest resource. Without them the business could not function so it’s essential that your employees feel encouraged and inspired on a daily basis. As a leader, it is your job to set inspire and motivate your team to reach greatness. Because when you combine the energy, knowledge, and skills of a motivated group of people, then you and your team can cross every obstacle.
8 Ways to Motivate Your Team
Research by The Hay Group says – “71 percents of American workers reported feeling disengaged and unmotivated. That leads to an estimated $300 billion worth of lost productivity for American businesses every year.”
Unless you don’t want that to happen to your business, follow these 8 steps and motivate your team.
Good office environment
Everybody wants to work in a good office environment. Clean and stimulating. It can include space for everybody because it is well known that people work best in open spaces. Then, the technology in your workspace needs to be up-to-date and facilitating the best work from your people. Put some plants around, and a lot of lights. Also, an office can’t be great without good coffee.
Picture 1. A cup of coffee in the office helps you start the day
Communicate with your team
The success of every business lies in productive communication. An ideal workspace would be the one where communication can be friendly and professional at the same time. Let your team know that you care about them, their career, and their future. Learn what their goals are and keep them motivated and engaged by helping them to reach those goals.
Define tasks and their priority
Researches said: “63 percent of employees reported that they wasted time at work because they weren’t aware of what work was a priority, and what wasn’t. “
One of the biggest challenges for leaders is to prioritize tasks. You should consult with your team in order to finish tasks at a given time. Listen to them, let them express their opinion also. After defining all the task and goals that need to be achieved in a specific time, everybody can start doing their tasks. Otherwise, as the research says, people just waste time.
Allow people to participate more
According to Weekdone – “39 percent of employees don’t feel that their input is appreciated. Encourage the members of your team to fully participate by inviting their input and suggestions on how to do things better.”
When you’re having your daily/weekly meetings, allow your team members to talk. They will feel empowered by the opportunity to suggest new ideas. So, listen to their ideas, solution, and approaches because you will be amazed at how they can create brilliant ideas. And just because their approaches might seem different than yours, doesn’t mean they are wrong.
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Train your team
By training your team you are helping both your company and your team to step up in their career and become knowledgeable about the latest technologies or whatever the training program is about. By investing in your team and giving them the opportunity to learn new skills, you are getting even more valuable people. So, help them develop and be more successful through training programs.
Picture 2. Training your team is vital for performance
Rotate repetitive tasks
Every team member can lose motivation if you keep giving them tasks that are repetitive. Consider rotating tasks so one employee doesn’t end up doing the same tasks all the time. If there is no one else with the same knowledge of the tasks, try to sit with other team members and pass knowledge to them. If that is not possible right now, then at least give that employee recognition for their commitment.
Reward your team
When you see your team is constantly trying hard and achieving great results, reward them. Even with the small gifts and perks if your company can’t increase salary at the moment. You are showing them you care. Some of the perks can include free lunch, gym, books or a donut on Friday – and who would say no to a donut? As a result of that, your team will be more productive and satisfied with their job.
Picture 3. Donuts for your team
Stacia Pache, founder and CEO of ItBandz example – “Reward your highest performers with incremental vacation days. These employees are your superstars, so you can be confident they will get their work done as well as enjoy a few extra days of well-deserved time off with family and friends.”
Ask for feedback
Lastly, if you want to know how to motivate your team, simply ask them! You may have defined approach that you think applies to every person, but not everyone will want the same things. So, gather your team and listen to your member’s wishes, then together conclude the best solutions.
How to Motivate Your Team – Final Thoughts
If you want to motivate your team – get to know them, what are their goals, what motivates them. By communicating with them and let them express their opinion without fear, whether it was negative or positive, you are showing them you care.
When you get team members who feel valued it will automatically lead to productive work. A company culture that excites your employees to step up and make the difference is an example every company should follow. So, remember to make your employees happy because your company is the one that benefits the most from their productivity.
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