Sometimes, it’s hard enough to motivate yourself. So what if you need to motivate a team?
If you’re a people manager and have a team to develop, learning to motivate them effectively can be challenging. Even though your goals are the same, everyone’s approach is different. As a leader, you have to somehow find a cohesive strategy to guiding your team in the right direction, without leaving anyone behind. Motivating other people is very different from motivating yourself. When it comes to you, you know exactly what you need to do and what you need to improve on. When its come to others, it’s much more challenging simply because you can’t get into their head. Everyone works differently and as a manager, it’s your job to figure that out to the best of your ability.
If you are managing a team, here are 4 tips to motivating them and in turn maximizing your productivity:
Remember to give credit and recognition.
There is the common misconception that employees are motivated solely by money. While that is true to a certain extent, employees are driven by much more than just the dollar. Yes, a job is a job but at the same time, you spend over 40 hours a week doing it. Employees like to feel like they are making a difference and that their work is valued. That’s why it’s so important to publicly give credit and recognition when it is deserved.
Ask what you can do for them.
Employees always expect their managers to ask something of them. While your team supports you, it should be a two way relationship. How can you support your team? Ask your employees routinely how you can make their jobs easier and more efficient. You’d be surprised how much you can affect their motivation and productivity just by changing a few things here and there. Also think about the long term and understand each employee’s goals. Invest time in your employees and you will get a lot back.
Keep an open door policy.
If your office door is shut all the time or if you hardly ever answer your phone, you are doing something wrong. When it comes to your employees, you need to make sure that you are available to help. That doesn’t mean you need to be on call 24/7. But at least provide help when help is needed.
Have a little fun.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun. Get to know the people you work with outside of work. Many employers don’t put any significance on company culture but it truly makes an impact. Afterall, a happier workplace makes for happier employees.