Motivated people have a positive outlook, they are excited about their job and goals and they know they are investing their time and energy into something that is truly worthwhile and most of all appreciated.
They are highly adaptable people, particularly when it comes to change and have a positive attitude to work. This helps to spread the organisation's good reputation, reduces rates of absenteeism and improve profit and performance.
You may not realise it, but your management style is strongly influenced by what you believe about your people. As a manager, your goal is to keep team members motivated and enthusiastic about their work.
How to motivate your team
Provide them with a pleasant place to work
Motivation and mood go hand in hand. Your mood affects your energy, ability to concentrate and overall sense of well being. If motivation matters, then you might want to change your work environment – make it staff friendly!
Clear and honest communication help to encourage and strengthen workplace relationships. Through effective communication your employees feel more empowered. It gives them a sense of belonging, camaraderie and responsibility
Set clear goals, be transparent
When everyone understands the importance of their tasks, work becomes more meaningful and people work better. Internal transparency is essential for employees to feel like their work matters and enables them to perform at their best and feel a sense of pride in their work
Lead by example
Good leaders must lead by example. By walking your talk, you become a person others aspire to and want to follow. When leaders say one thing, but do another, they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. Leadership is about the process of an individual influencing other people’s behaviour.
Workflow management is one of the vital areas to keep staff happy and be as productive as they can be. Repetitive processes and regular work can be offloaded and outsourced, which means staff can focus on new and exciting work where they may feel challenged.
Empowerment improves employee commitment, creativity, productivity, satisfaction and motivation. Encourage decision making. Allow them to identify the pros and cons and make educated and informed decisions.
Appreciation & recognition are hugely important. This confirms the employee is doing their job well and encourages them to keep doing it. Employee appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive or glamorous, the rewards can be as simple as a pat on the back, a compliment or even a simple thank you.
Don’t punish failure We all make mistakes, it is part of being human. People who fear punishment, hide problems. Smart organisations accept that problems happen for many reasons. Allowing employees to fail might seem scary, but the results aren’t always negative. Giving someone the opportunity to take on a project and be in control, without fear of punishment for failing, can be a powerful motivator. Afterall we all learn from our mistakes.
Arun completed his training as a Chartered Accountant in India in 2001 and has since been based in the UK. In 2005 he completed his ACMA and achieved an MBA (London school) in 2007, specialising in Strategic Management harnessing his academic skills to head up the operational side of the business and also to market the benefits of outsourcing...