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Keeping your team fired up and motivated is challenging, yet it is vital for any business to thrive. Without your workforce backing you up, you won’t have a business, and so as a manager, you need to be able to lead your team in an honest and transparent way that makes them feel valued and a part of your vision.
When you harness and encourage the energy, knowledge, and skills of a motivated team, you can achieve almost anything. We have therefore outlined 9 powerful ways to keep your team motivated and happy, whilst you concentrate on propelling your business to success:
Give employees an opportunity to work remotely and with flexible hours
We live in an age where working remotely has become increasingly popular and as an employer, staff working remotely cuts overheads dramatically.
By letting your employees work flexible hours on a remote basis, you are contributing to what is believed to be the future of business. This is a particularly big motivator for the younger “millennial” employees who, by being offered a fun, flexible, and casual working environment, have a more positive view of their bosses and the company for which they work.
Offer opportunities for self-development
This is such an important part of motivating your team. Offering opportunities to a person may add value to your business in more ways than one, but it also adds value to that person. Provide your team with the training they need to move up in their careers and to become knowledgeable about the latest technologies and industry news. The more opportunities you offer your team, the more likely they are to remain loyal, and to succeed alongside you.
Encourage collaboration within the team
Encourage the members of your team to fully participate by giving their input on how things could be done in a better way. Gain insight from your employees and where possible, implement the changes accordingly.
Offering incentives can work wonders when it comes to boosting employee motivation. For a business to run successfully, it is important to be as fully transparent (as is suitable), so a great motivation example would be for you to create a leader board that shows the top performing teams, based on a set of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
Other ideas could include a competition amongst internal teams, for best work produced or most innovative ideas to create revenue. Get your teams involved and allow them to offer their incentive ideas too. The more you involve your team, the more valued they feel, and a healthy camaraderie will begin to develop amongst your team.
No one likes a boss who hovers and second-guesses every decision. Ensure you provide your team with a clear set of goals, objectives, KPIs and allow them the space to figure out the best way to achieve these.
It is important for your teams to know that you are there to offer assistance and to mentor them based on your experience and knowledge, but by allowing them to have some sort of freedom in how to run with a project, will, in turn, empower them.
Avoid unnecessary meetings
Meetings can be an incredible waste of time. The average professional wastes approximately 4 hours in unproductive meetings each week. Instead, create an agenda for meetings and distribute these in advance. Invite only the people who really need to attend, start the meeting on time, and then end meetings as soon as possible. It has been said that a productive meeting should take no longer than 15 minutes. So, work towards that where possible.
Managers often don’t like to “over-share’ but employees want and deserve regular updates on the progress of the business and their own personal performance. Use a group email, a WhatsApp group or set a regular 5-minute shout-out to your team on a regular basis to give them insights into how the business is doing.
Commend individuals and your teams
When you spot someone on your team doing something great, it is so important to recognise their excellent performance. Individually you can provide positive reinforcement, issue incentives, use your group email or WhatsApp group to highlight specific achievements.
Send thank-you, birthday, and anniversary cards to your teams – personal touches mean the world to most.
To celebrate team efforts, post-performance charts on the wall or get the whole team together for a pizza treat once a month! Ultimately, the more motivation you incorporate into your business strategy, the more energized your team will become. Try where you can to recognize at least one person every day.
Lead by example
One of the best things you can do to inspire motivation is to lead by example. If you want your team to treat each other with respect, you need to lead the way. If you expect them to be motivated and enthusiastic, do everything you can to be motivated and pumped up so that it becomes infectious. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to be skipping, laughing and high-fiving all day, just allow your natural enthusiasm to shine through and watch the ripple-effect spread across your team.
Managing a team isn’t easy, but the managers who are the best at motivating their teams, are the ones who take the time to listen and take action when it’s needed.
If you can inspire your team through transparency, trust, mutual respect, and in turn reward them in their efforts when they succeed, you will have a team working their butts off to do a fantastic job! Remember, loyalty leads to motivation and motivation leads to productivity.