Keeping your team motivated can be the difference between your business operating at its fullest potential, and missing your targets and objectives completely.
As a leader within your business, you’ll know that motivating employees can depend on a number of factors beyond the size of their wage packet. The good news is, you’re in a terrific position to impact upon this and help achieve your organisation’s goals by leading your team in a positive and genuine manner.
Here are 9 effective ways in how to motivate your team and ensure you have a happy, hardworking workforce on your hands.
Focus on Culture & Vision
If your team isn’t buying into what it is you do and what it is you stand for, then how can you expect them to truly care about the quality of their own performance? By being clear on the company’s culture and vision, you can expect everyone to pull in the same direction.
Teamwork is the lifeblood of an organisation, and a motivated team is one that truly believes in what it has set out to accomplish.
Empower Your Employees
More often than not people want to grow and develop in a professional environment. By providing the infrastructure and support to allow this to happen you’ll find that your team’s enthusiasm and passion for their role within the business is likely to grow, as they can see a clear pathway to career progression.
Communication Is Key
No-one likes to be kept in the dark, and that counts double for your employees. If you give them a clear, consistent channel of communication, where they know and understand the moves the business is making, your team can approach their tasks with confidence. You can then help them understand exactly where their contributions are impacting the success of the organisation.
Sweeten the Deal
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can really make all the difference to employee motivation. Having a well stocked staff kitchen, full of nice coffee and pastries, or designating a Friday afternoon for soda and pizza will go a long way towards keeping your team onside.
Respect & Recognition
Being honest and fair in the workplace is one of those intangible attitudes that separates a mediocre working environment from one where everyone is content and focused on the task at hand.
Be sure you are taking the time to celebrate the success of your team whenever they meet a deadline, ship a product or hit a sales target. After all, no-one likes to feel underappreciated.
If your team isn’t quite hitting the heights you expect, it might be that they’re not being challenged enough. This is where being able to communicate with them clearly and competently comes to the fore.
Clarify with members of your team if they are feeling under-challenged and address that situation if it is indeed the case. Sometimes employees will coast along in autopilot unless you step in and give them something to strive for.
To be an effective leader, you must be approachable and trustworthy. There’s no two ways about it. If you are transparent in your goals and prove yourself to be altruistic in nature, you’re likely to gain the trust of those following you. With that trust comes a desire to do well for you, and you can’t buy that!
Incentive programs can give your team a real boost. As they close in on a target, knowing that they will be rewarded when they hit it, it will see them knuckle down and work even harder to make it happen.
Ensuring that incentives are part of your company’s culture from the outset, and that they’re viewed as a positive rather than a cause for unnecessary pressure or stress, can be incredibly beneficial when motivating your employees.
Lead by Example
Today’s modern workforce aren’t typically motivated by fear, rather they are inspired by leaders who have heart and passion. If you’re standing behind them yelling when you should be out in front leading then it’s little wonder your team is lacking in motivation.
Stand up and be counted to earn their respect and improve their motivation.
Give these motivational tips a shot and keep your team happy, focused, and working hard. Let us know which ones work best for you, or if you have any other motivational recommendations.
Get more tips, advice, and news direct to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.