Motivating Your Team

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

There's no magic formula for creating a highly motivated team. However certain concepts and practices have proven to be a winning combination if used properly and sincerely.

Here are our top six tips to help you inspire and motivate your team.

1.  Give your team something to cheer about

Create and communicate an honest vision and mission for your business. Most people want a meaning and purpose to their work.

By giving your team a clear understanding of the desired outcome it will give them a sense of purpose and that they are contributing to the business. And don’t forget to celebrate your successes!

At some level every team member performing a job enables the organization to achieve it’s wins. It is important to celebrate those moments as a group.

2.  Encourage team members to grow

Providing training, professional development and opportunities to try new skills or apply old skills in new ways, are all mutually beneficial business strategies.

Don’t underestimate the power of cross-training as a useful tool which also provides you with cover when team members are away.

3.  Hear their voices

Welcome and provide venues for team feedback and participation and take appropriate action to consider and respond to their comments.

If you do need to reprimand one of your team be sure to do it in a safe, private space that encourages openness.

4.  Communication and consistency

Make sure you keep team members informed of what is happening in the business, and why. Involve them in team projects or decisions, when possible, and build their connection.

It’s also important to be consistent. Consistency breeds trust

5.  Reward and recognise

Arguably one of the most powerful ways to increase team motivation is to recognise and reward actions and behaviours that are outstanding or in line with the vision and mission of your business.

Never forget to congratulate and recognise achievements, no matter how small.

6.  Remember, it’s not all work

Because the majority of your team will spend most of their waking time each day at work it is important to recognise the social aspect of employment.

Morning teas, lunches and celebrating birthdays can be fitted into the regular routines.