3 Ways to Motivate your Team
People are one of the most important resources of your company. As a result, managers and owners who seek to drive a business forward, must strategically motivate their team and ensure the right spirit exists amongst employees. Below are three effective ways to motivate a team.
1) Set objectives
One of the overriding goals for anyone entering the workplace or starting a new job is to know what they are expected to achieve within a timescale period.
A good manager will discuss and set goals for staff and should ensure they are not only achievable but also designed to help and assist the ‘greater good’ of the business. It is not envisaged that these goals would simply be targets, they are exactly that, ‘goals and objectives’ so that the team member feels they are contributing, leading thought and enabling change within the organisation.
Undoubtedly, this will motivate and presumingly satisfy the individual involved. The timescales set should be quarterly and objectives should be reviewed on an annual basis during an appraisal/ yearly review.
2) Provide resources
All staff require adequate resources to be able to carry out their function and role efficiently. Typically, this takes the form of equipment and training.
Equipment, in most cases should be up to date and of suitable advancement to aid a specific role. The owner of a business has a duty to continually invest in such equipment, to ensure that employees are not lagging behind with slow or outdated facilities. A useful idea would be to implement a ‘rolling’ improvement programme, replacing equipment such as PCs every 3 to 4 years. New systems and processes are continually required, you should never be complacent in this area.
Training and upskilling is vital to keep abreast of industry developments, technological changes and technical tweaks. Regular training whether a legal requirement, such as ‘continuing professional education and development’ or just good practice should be seen as critical to the transformation of the business. An employee will appreciate the investment placed in them.
3) Give clear leadership
There are some key fundamentals to guide your team to show you care.
- Provide market pay, simple but often not put in place by management. Provide surprise bonus packages from time to time.
- Trust them, treat them as real individuals in their own right. Do not undermine them.
- Always encourage them. Do not operate a blame culture, which only creates negativity throughout the organisation.
- Over work them, they will love it!! It makes everyone feel important and contributing to the organisation.
- Counsel them on new ideas and concepts
These ideas and the role of the entrepreneur and business manager are dealt with at length in my book 'Drive like a Real Entrepreneur'.
Next week I will be discussing 'Turning Your Business into a Franchise'.