Have you ever noticed that motivated people work more effectively and are more productive? Motivated people are vastly more interested in what they’re doing than people lacking motivation. If you want your business to be successful, you’d better start thinking on how to encourage your team.
There are two types of motivation:
Extrinsic motivation means that if you want to motivate your employees, you’ll need to use such external factors as higher salary, extended vacation or just threat of job loss. However, this way of motivation isn’t always successful. It has its pros and cons.
Intrinsic motivation is quite the opposite. Its main purpose is to create a personal desire to overcome challenges and work as effectively as possible. People that are being motivated in this way have greater motivation and are more interested in what they’re doing.
However, all people are different. That’s why it’s highly important to get to know your employees and find an individual approach to each and every one of them.
In our experience, we prepared several pieces of advice that will help you encourage your team:
- Respect your workers.
From time to time, show some respect to your team. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts and it really means something to you.
- Be the best friend for your team.
Try to become the best friend for your employees. Be friendly and open for questions, they need to know that you’ll always lend them a helping hand in any situation.
The best way to get to know your team is to listen to them. It’ll help you to understand how to achieve maximum productivity.
- Never micromanage your team.
Who likes being followed? If you hired an employee, you have to trust him. If you made a wrong choice, it’s you who should take the fall for your choice.
- Be the example.
Show your team what you’re capable of in order to inspire them to work harder and keep doing their very best.
- Stick to your promises.
Always keep your promises. It’ll help you earn the respect of your team. Otherwise, never even mention something that you won’t be able to do.
- Be decisive.
Remember that it’s you, who must make decisions. You’re a reflection of your team. If you demonstrate decisive actions, your employees will try to become more like you.
- Arrange out of office activities.
Think creatively. High salary and vacation time aren’t the only ways to encourage your team. You want your employees to be a real team, you need to be certain that they can work together. Out of office activity is the best way to reach that. Team building will contribute to getting to know each other on a more personal level.
- Create a break room and make it enjoyable.
Create a place where people will be able to step back from their work. They need to enjoy this place. Otherwise, they won’t have a place to escape when they find their work especially challenging. It should be a place, where they can grab a cup of coffee, play video games or just have a talk with each other in a less formal environment.
- Allow them to work remotely.
Nowadays, it’s become pretty popular to work remotely. Many experts are sure that remote working may contribute to increasing the productivity and morality, driving efficiency, and just providing an opportunity to work in a casual working environment.
The Bottom Line
As the head of the team, your goal is to keep your team members encouraged and motivated about their work. It’s important to be able to combine both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. Find an approach for each member of your team and create a friendly working environment. And you’ll be amazed by results!