Most managers and leaders mistakenly think that money is the only motivator for their team or employees. However, according to research conducted by a number of companies, money is usually ranked lower by a majority of employees.
So what are the top 10 best ways to motivate your team?
1. Involve your Team in Decision Making
Most of the team members want to be involved in the ongoing progress and development of their team. Plus, team members always have some great ideas that can bring some significant success to the business. When they are involved, they buy into ideas faster and rarely do they resist. This means you can implement changes more quickly and swiftly.
2. Better Working Conditions
Every person would like to work in an environment that is clean and stimulating. That makes everyone feel good about their job. It isn’t a must that you spend a fortune so that you can make a pleasant working environment. For example, a well resourced and organized office can do wonders for morale (Office Organiser).
What team members want is a constant update of their performance and the progress of the business. What most leaders and managers think is that employees will always resist on directions you give to them. This is not always the case. Use email, memos, telephone, group and one-on-one meetings to keep your team updated. Regularly talk to your team members, have coffee or lunch with them and let them know if the business is still on track.
4. Encourage Collaboration Within The Team
According to research, at least 30% of employees feel that their leaders appreciate their input. Encourage your team members to participate fully in the group activities, inviting their suggestions and input on how to make things better. Ask them some questions, listen to what they have to say and, if possible, implement their solutions.
5. Celebrate Individual Performance
Identify those people who are doing something right and recognize their excellent performance. You can even provide some positive reinforcement that includes issuing rewards or using a corporate newsletter to acknowledge their achievements. Send congratulatory notes. If your team is part of a bigger organization, have the top senior executive manager make a call or send an email.
6. Set Clear Goals
Most team members waste a lot of time due to lack of clear goals. This is because the lack of clear goals makes the employee not to be sure of what to give priority and what not to. It is the duty of a leader to provide his team with a business plan (Investing Responsibly). Once you provide clear goals, make sure that every member of the team knows exactly what those goals are and what’s their role in achieving them.
7. Do Not Micromanage
No one likes a leader who is constantly over your shoulders monitoring over your every move. In fact, most employees prefer that they would better take activities that are unpleasant than sit next to a micromanaging boss. It is incredibly destructive. Provide your team with some clear goals and give them the opportunity to figure out the best way to achieve them.
8. Offer Opportunities For Self Development
The members of your team will be even more valuable both to themselves and the organization if you provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills continuously. Provide your team with training about their careers and let them learn about the latest technologies.
9. Manage Poor Performance
Most leaders are afraid to address poor performance because they fear it might bring some conflict. Instead, most of them hope that the mistake will rectify itself over a period of time. It never does. A blind approach of ignoring poor performance eventually affects the profitability of the organization as a whole, contributes to low morale in the workplace and leads to high turnover.
While solving conflicts and poor performance are not always enjoyable to deal with, you are the leader, and it is your responsibility. Find the best way to deal with it.
10. Avoid Meetings That are Uncalled for
Meetings can be an incredible waste of time. It is said that the average profession wastes almost 4 hours every week in unproductive meetings. Create an agenda for the meeting you want to hold early in advance and distribute it among your members. Only invite those people who are necessary to attend the meeting. Start it on time and end it as quickly as you can.