How to Increase Team Motivation
Whatever industry you are involved in, you are sure to experience issues with team motivation. Many employees become discouraged at some point or another in their working lives. But what they may not realise is just how infectious this discouragement can be, and how it can be severely damaging to the success of your company. That’s why, as a leader, it’s so important to pick up on the signs of discouragement in your workplace and find ways to increase team motivation. Although we aren’t a professional life coach company, we do have our own nuggets of wisdom, gained from years of personal experience.
We’ve put together a few tips that may help to maintain team motivation:
1. Communication is key
Communication is the glue that holds your team together. If you notice a loss of enthusiasm in your workplace, it is a good idea to openly communicate with your staff members and find out why this may be. Finding out about your employees and the challenges they are dealing with shows that you concerned about them and that you care. Your employees are more likely to try to overcome these challenges if they know they are working for an organisation that cares about them and makes an effort to understand them.
2. Find out what motivates each individual
Each individual in your team is different, and so it would stand to reason that they would be motivated by different factors. Speak to them and find out if it is career development, continual learning, recognition or praise that moves them forward.
3. Show your team that you value their input
Let your workers know that their input is valued by asking for their opinions or ideas and then sincerely listen to them! Your team may have insightful solutions to problems you are currently facing, but you will never know if you don’t ask or simply bulldoze over them.
4. Give your workers room to grow
If you are constantly hovering over your workers’ shoulders and doing all the thinking for them, they will never grow or realise the full range of skills they have to offer. Sometimes it’s best to take a step back and to stop micro managing. This will show that you don’t underestimate their abilities and that you have faith that they are able to find solutions on their own.
The hardest part of increasing team motivation as a leader, is to stay motivated yourself. Finding tools and techniques to self-motivate is essential, especially if your team look to you as their example. We hope that these tips have been helpful, and we’d love to hear any feedback from you on how you keep your staff members motivated in 2016