Even with a crew of employees who love their job even on the worst of days when clients are particularly cranky or demanding, a major part of your job involves keeping their spirits up. From the moment they become a part of your team, every employee has that initial surge of motivation, and the sooner you discover what makes them tick, what sort of atmosphere and culture will bring out their best, the better you will become at inspiring them to give incredible results.
It all begins with creating the right attitude towards the notion of motivating your employees, and there are many creative, long-lasting methods you can implement to tap into your team’s existing motivation and keep the spark alive for as long as they’re a part of your company.
Give them a chance to grow
No matter your field, or the position of your employee, they probably started working with you with the hope of advancing their career down the road. And while they don’t expect a rise in a week or two, if you give them regular opportunities to learn new skills and update their portfolios, their job will be all the more alluring and worthy of their time.
It’s an invaluable way of investing time, effort and knowledge in your employees, and they’ll appreciate it especially if they are just starting out in your company. Schedule regular events, conferences, organize online education and of course, give them choices, and then keep an eye on which options they prefer and how they enjoy learning the most.
Few things can inspire an employee quite like a conversation with the manager, when all phones are off and there are no distractions to worry about. By devoting a portion of your time to getting to know your staff, it will become much easier for you to create the right company culture, make changes where necessary, and ultimately, understand their needs and aspirations.
Regular meetings are essential to establishing loyalty, but also addressing certain issues or challenges that might occur. If you’re not in the loop, you might lose a very valuable member of your team, simply because you’ve been too busy dealing with other tasks – but there is no higher priority than keeping your employees happy, since they are the face and the essence of your brand.
Reward and acknowledge
People are much more likely to put their heart and soul into the work they do when they feel truly appreciated by their management and colleagues as well. However, no matter how great they feel working with their colleagues, if you don’t show them that you not only approve but also respect and appreciate their work, their motivation is likely to dwindle.
To prevent such drops in enthusiasm, you need to encourage your employees and show them that you do value their input, and that everything they do doesn’t simply go unnoticed. You can reward them with a universal gift card which is a unique way to say “thank you for all your work”. Alternatively, give them extra days off to spend more time with their family, or set up a weekend getaway for them to celebrate a deal gone well and recharge their batteries.
Clear instructions and guidance
So many errors and lost clients are a direct result of poor communication in a team, and with the manager in particular. As their superior, you need to give them clear boundaries in terms of their responsibilities, how much and to whom they can delegate, and set clear expectations from day one on the job.
Of course, make sure to let them know they can always ask for further advice, clarification or guidance, since they should always perceive a challenge as a chance to learn something new. When this form of two-way transparency doesn’t exist as a part of a culture, you risk losing business over mere misunderstandings and losing your team’s trust. Regular conferences, team meetings and performance reviews are all brilliant ways to ensure this work policy.
Feedback and updates
An issue closely related to the previous one, the concept of regular feedback is becoming all the more important in a world that supports remote workers and the absence of face-to-face conversations. In all fairness, they are still desirable whenever possible, but the most important aspect of your relationship with your employees is to always provide feedback, so that they know what their strongest qualities are, and which they should improve.
Furthermore, keeping everyone in the know when it comes to the entire company helps your employees feel included, and as a part of the brand, no matter how new their position may be. Keep them updated on any client or company changes, and also ask for their feedback – you never know from where your next business breakthrough may come.
With all that’s been said on communication, it’s important to distinguish between keeping things transparent and pushing yourself into every little aspect of their work. It’s one thing to give them guidance and advice when they truly need it, but you risk stifling their enthusiasm if you give them too little independence in the process.
It’s essential that they know what their role is, and how they can contribute to the team. Let your employees take responsibility, give them as much space as possible to put their skills and knowledge to good use, and their motivation will flourish.
My name is Alex Williams. I am a journalism graduate, and a rookie blogger trying to find my luck. Blogs are the perfect opportunity for presenting yourself to wider audience, getting the chance to showcase my expertise and receiving recognition. I am a regular contributor at Bizzmark Blog.