The things that motivate you could be different from what motivates your employees or colleagues, but everyone performs better with motivation and support. Identifying ways to keep your team motivated and highly productive can often be difficult as deadlines approach. However, these high-stress moments in the workplace are the perfect time to motivate and encourage staff. Consider the tips below as you look for ways to motivate those around you. These steps aren’t just for supervisors. They are for anyone who wants to take on a leadership role, become a true team player or are looking for ways to bring different personalities together.
Check out these four proven steps to motivate a team:
1. Observe. It takes time to get to know your team members and learn what may motivate them. Try to learn their work style, what they enjoy, their most productive time of day, and pay attention to when they seem frustrated or stressed. What factors played into them meeting goals, having a productive day or becoming stressed and frustrated?
2. Celebrate. Celebrate achievements. No goal reached or successful moment during the workday is too small to celebrate. Sharing these moments with each other can help a team feel more cohesive and can help motivate others.
3. Offer Support. Supporting your team members goes a long way towards motivation. When your team members are deep in a project, jump in and help. Don’t take the lead, offer assistance. Try to identify ways to offer support – it could be checking in, bringing coffee to all the team members one morning, or finding ways to share the workload so that they aren’t feeling so overwhelmed.
4. Say Thank You. Be sure to thank your staff and colleagues when they help you. Or, did you observe them reaching out to help other staff members? Are you getting recognized for a completed job and have a full team beside you that helped you get there? Be sure they are also praised and thanked for the finished product in public. Give credit where credit is due.Share this: