“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Many organisations follow an archaic form of team management, which dictates that the people within them are merely resources, easily manipulated by the promise of reward or punishment. This approach to ‘”motivating” teams completely dismisses the fact that people are individuals with their own aspirations and goals. In order to successfully keep your team passionate about their work you must focus on treating them like the real people they are and aligning their drive with the objectives of the company.
Here are our top 5 tips on how to keep your team motivated by appealing to them as real people.
- Share your vision for the company
Sharing your vision for the company creates an atmosphere of collaboration. When individuals are enthusiastic about the end result they work harder to achieve it. Your team needs to be confident and feel that they are able to actively contribute using their specific skills.
- Appreciate them
Small acts of kindness go a long way in keeping your staff motivated. These gestures can also benefit your company, for example, sending one of your employees to a conference that is specifically targeted at their field of work allows not only for self-development but also improves their skill set for future projects. Other small but memorable things include: letting an employee leave a little early over the weekend after going above and beyond on a task.
- Play as a team
Organising and encouraging activities after work allows your team to bond and boosts morale. Simply putting together a Christmas dinner or New Year’s brunch, promotes the development of a company culture and camaraderie which will permeate into the office during work hours.
- Empower them
Show your team that you are confident in their abilities. Acknowledging their efforts and communicating specific strengths that you have noticed in them creates a positive atmosphere, which is integral to keeping them motivated.
- Communicate and support
Employees want to feel as though they can share their ideas freely and be supported in their endeavours. This support can also extend to supporting them in times of personal crisis.
Being genuine in every day conversation and promoting fresh new ideas keeps your team inspired, motivated and at ease within the organisation.