Posted April 18, 2013 by Blake Meadows in Article

How to keep your team of workers motivated at office?

Business Office Team Work
Business Office Team Work

To get maximum output from employees it is necessary to keep them motivated at work timings. However, this is no easy task. With practice and efforts, you may find means to keep yourself motivated for sure but spreading that positive feeling in your team members can prove to be quite tedious. In fact, a majority of senior corporate employees like team leaders, managers and people in similar designation admit guiding their subordinates and extracting maximum performance from them can be exhaustive experience. In the words of the legendary ex Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, “great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

To ensure your team works to the best of its capabilities and individual workers pour in their best efforts, you can resort to few tried and tested methods.

Pay everyone in team his or her due credit - This is very important if you want the team members to remain positive and feel charged up about working. Even when they are working as a team, effort of single members that deserve appreciation should not go unnoticed. If you find a particular team member putting in extra effort to resolve a problem, make it a point to tell him or her that it is appreciable. It can work as a great morale booster though you do not have to pay any money. Even a personal mail with encouraging tone can be helpful in this regard.

Keep Communication channels open to your team members - If you expect your team to be diligent at work, it is important that you become available to each one of them for their needs. At times, some of the employees may need to help them out of situations. However, if you remain too busy in your work or they get the impression you are not approachable at such times, it can severely affect workflow and productivity. You should make them feel that despite hectic schedules and deadlines, they can communicate to you when they need to.

Understand individual employee type - While you may be occupied with your work to know details about everyone in the team, it helps when you know personal traits of the people you need to work with. Every member in the team is different and so one method that works for motivating some of them may not yield result for few others. However, when you have basic personality knowledge of your team members managing them at work becomes lot easier. In fact, you can sense when each of them feel uncomfortable or down and come up with preventive step.

On the spot feedback helps - You may give your feedback to a team member about his or her performance or job handling at alter time. However, on the spot feedback always works better. Whether the employee does something commendable or makes a mistake, it is better you take note of it and give your sincere and candid feedback. Even in the age of digital communication, word of mouth still holds its forte and it is better you deal with team members on a personal level rather than relying on mail and messengers.

Have a positive outlook - Nothing spreads faster than negative vibes at workplace and to keep your team motivated, you need to show positive outlook even when you are stressed inside. It may be difficult to accomplish at times. However, when they see you remaining calm amidst tough situations and resolving the crisis with calm, they will also feel the urge of following the example.

Don’t be overtly critical - While it is natural that you expect your team members to seek perfection at work, accept the fact that some of them may make errors at times. When you know that such a mistake is unintentional or owing to factors beyond the person’s control be careful about feedback. You have every right to tell the responsible person that he or she should be more careful but do not make it sound very harsh. Everyone copes with stress and anxiety and the feeling of failure only intensifies it.  Therefore, be selective about the way you give the responsible worker feedback after such incidents and ensure he or she does not develop fear or inferiority complex.

Celebrate achievements of team, small or big - It is important to let your team members know that you have time for celebrating with them once in a while. When your team meets a target or exceeds it, you can take them out for a movie or arrange for a party at workplace. You can also throw a surprise party to take the member in by sheer amazement. Such events work as great stress busters. Besides, when employees realize you take note of their hard work and reward it with such events, they feel motivated to work harder.

Blake Meadows