Knowing how to motivate each person on a team can be a challenging endeavour. Most assume that money is the biggest motivating factor in workplace motivation, and while undoubtedly it is a pretty good motivator, it’s not the best.
At the root of human motivation is emotion, with positive emotions being the source of high-performance motivational energy. A great leader understands not only how to trigger that motivation, but also how to keep it consistent even after obstacles and drawbacks in team plans and projects. As a leader, you’re in control of key environmental factors in the workplace, so it’s important to know how to optimise these factors for both you and your team:
Put the people first.
Great leaders view their employees as individuals rather than as a collective workforce, establishing trust and investing time into employer-employee relationships. Provide the resources and work environment your team needs to work comfortably, and most importantly: treat your employees like adults. Entrust them with the company values, vision, and mission without resorting to micro-managing.
Encourage positive organisation culture.
Energise your team by resolving to bring passion and positive energy to the workplace. Reward employees with tools for growth, such as free e-books from Amazon, for example, or an offer to sponsor classes. Let your team know that with you, they can grow not just as professionals, but as individuals too.
Be a good communicator and a good listener.
Transparency between you and your employees is an absolute must. Transparency goes both ways: be an effective communicator, but also encourage your employees to speak out, emphasising your ability to listen. Schedule periodic one-on-one meetings to discuss performance, and ways both you and your team member can grow together in the workplace.
Nurture life outside of work.
The key to a well-oiled workplace: the concept of work-life balance. Prevent burn-out and fatigue in your employees by pushing for annual leaves, after-work hangouts, and mental health breaks.
Invest in Resilience Training
Resilience is the hallmark of both successful people and successful companies and is marked by the ability to bounce back from hardship and continue to perform well despite the struggle. Absolutely nothing is more powerful than a group of positively motivated, highly-resilient employees, so invest in resilience training seminars and proper coping mechanisms to get your team in tip-top shape.
Light Box Leadership was formed in 2010 with the simple mission to help improve lives by sharing the knowledge and skills needed to achieve excellence. With a team of experienced professionals, we continue to provide the highest quality, evidence-based training for individuals, leaders and teams in order to help them create superb distinction within their organisation. Got any questions? Give us a call on 0117 9427856 to speak with one of our friendly experts today.