Ten ways to motivate your team

Motivation in the work environment has changed. It’s no surprise when the media keeps focusing on negativity in the business world. This can lead to increased dissatisfaction and decreased productivity.


Here are ten techniques for motivating your employees to succeed in good and bad times:


 1.     Take Care of the Little Things to Motivate Others

Doing the little things well will show that you respect your employees. Making sure you are on time for meetings, saying “good morning” and “thank-you,” and returning phone calls and e-mails in a timely manner goes a long way to showing employees that you care.


2.     Be an Active Listener to Motivate Others

Recent research stated that the average supervisor or manager only invests two hours per year applying “pure listening” skills. Pure listening is when you are listening to an employee without multitasking by ordering lunch, watching others, answering calls, setting up appointments or other business-related tasks.


To be a pure listener, you must be an active listener. Good managers do more than pay attention. They genuinely care about people and never talk down to them. They ask their employees about their goals and dreams, past achievements, concerns and challenges. They listen with their hearts and minds. They respect the employee’s thoughts and opinions. They realize that employees sometimes have the best answer for achieving more during tough times.


3.     Lead to Motivate Others

If you expect your employees to arrive early, then you must arrive early. If you expect your employees to keep their promises, you must keep your promises. If you want your employees to keep to high standards, you must keep to high standards. Your employees are watching you even when you don’t know it, so always set the standard. Once you walk through the doors of your organisation, make sure you are positive and upbeat if you expect your employees to be positive and upbeat.


4.     Let People Know They Make a Difference to Motivate Others

At the top of many lists of what motivates employees besides money, is knowing that they make a difference at work. One of the most powerful methods of letting employees know they make a difference is by praising them.


5.     Communicate Clearly to Motivate Others

Communicate so others understand what you want to achieve. Adapt your communication to the audience you are speaking with. Constantly communicate your vision and goals so there are no misunderstandings. The clearer the vision, the clearer the communication, the clearer the opportunity for success.


6.     Help Employees Succeed to Motivate Others

People go to work to succeed, not fail. It is your job to understand your employee’s strengths and weaknesses so you can put them in the best position to succeed. If, for example, you find out that an employee is lacking in a certain skill set then provide the coaching and training necessary to make them and your organisation succeed. The best managers minimise or eliminate their employees’ weaknesses whilst building on their strengths.


7.     Focus Your Team on the Goal to Motivate Others

Focus your employees on the end result, the overall team goal. Distractions can lead to demotivation, so keeping their eyes on the prize is key to success.


8.     Create High Standards to Motivate Others

High-performance organisations set high standards for their people. Employees want to know what is expected of them, how their performance is measured, and what rewards they can expect when they exceed the standard. Make sure the standards are consistently applied to each employee. Each employee should understand how the standards are measured so they know how to reach them. Keep setting new goals and reward accordingly.


9.     Help Your Employees Compete and Win to Motivate Others

Develop goals that help all your employees excel. Make your goals inclusive not exclusive.  This means that everybody is working together and wins together. Tell your employees to target the goal, not each other.


10.  Reward Outstanding Achievement to Motivate Others

Find ways to recognize achievers in a public way. The more you reward employees for excellent achievements, the more you encourage the same behavior. Make sure you are consistent with the way you reward your employees. Most importantly, make sure you communicate exactly why the employee is being rewarded.


Some of the ways you can show recognition are: Leaderboards, additional leave, bonuses, commissions, employee of the month awards, vouchers, lunch club for achievers, and the easiest way, thank them. Apply these techniques and you will motivate others to achieve the team’s goals during even the most challenging of times.

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