When leading any business it can be tough at times to keep your team motivated. There will be moments when you are down, they may be down and performance seems to be on a never ending downward spiral. Well, there are many things you can do to make sure that your team feels like they can break through that. Here is a blog on 5 ways you can make an impact on your team’s motivation by inspiring them.
1. Create the right environment
It isn’t rocket science to realise if someone enjoys their environment they are more likely to be more productive and committed. Simple things like the decor, their chair or a few plants here and there can make all the difference. Cultivate an environment that portrays a comfortable, relaxed but focused atmosphere and your team will thrive.
2. Encourage them to Learn
One of the best ways to get enthused about what you do or just working in general is to learn. Once you begin that journey it is a never ending cycle of wanting to know more. It will help your team improve, grow and master their discipline. It will also cultivate their curiosity and stimulate their creativity.
3. Set clear goals
One of the biggest sources of unproductivity is not knowing what is important or how you are contributing. Take the time to set clear goals that demonstrate how each person fits in the bigger picture. This will give them a greater sense of purpose as well as helping them realise what is a priority for the company.
4. Foster happiness in your team
A happy worker is a productive worker. It really is that simple. Take the time to notice when your team members are unhappy, take steps to help them. Unhappiness can spread quickly and will only serve to hinder the team’s ability to get things done. Encourage positivity, optimism and collaboration. This will help foster a happy workplace and thereby produce better results.
5. Don’t punish failure
Mistakes are a natural part of being human. Everyone makes them at some point or another. The key is to take the perspective that they are a great opportunity to learn. Help your team to reflect on any mistakes and identify actions in the future that may lead to better outcomes. This will not only help them feel safe to make risks and take chances knowing there is always a chance to learn and grow.
There are 5 different ways you can motivate and inspire your team. Think about them, apply them and see if they work for you. Maybe you have other ideas for what you try to motivate your team, we would love to hear about them.