You are only as good as your team. It is your job as a leader to set the bar, inspire, and motivate your team to reach greatness.
The success of any project depends on the contributions of every member of the team, but some teams work together better than others. When team members have a sense of personal ownership in the group project, believe that their contributions are valued, and see that the project manager contributes equally and leads by example, they feel motivated to contribute their best work.
Try these 6 powerful ways to keep the members of your team motivated and giving their very best on the job.
1. Communicate With Your Staff
You can’t learn about ideas, attitude or concerns of your team members without constant communication. Use each opportunity to interact with them and you will discover hundreds of new ways of organizing your activities more successfully.
2. Find out what they need
The only way you are going to know what your team needs from you in order to be more successful is to listen to them. Sometimes simply listening can help you to identify ways you can provide what is needed.
3. Pay your people what they are worth
When you set your employees’ salaries, be sure that their pay is consistent with what other companies in your industry and geographic area are paying. Remember: 26 percent of engaged employees say that they would leave their current job for just a 5 percent increase in pay. Don’t lose great people because you’re underpaying them.
4. Encourage happiness
Happy employees are enthusiastic and positive members of the team, and their attitude is infectious. Keep an eye on whether or not your people are happy with their work, their employer, and you. If they’re not, you can count on this unhappiness to spread.
5. Be respectful
One of the greatest needs of each person is the need of being appreciated.Fancy internal awards and recognition is great, and some employees feed off that, but your team will perform much better when they know that they have your respect. Show respect for their hard work and dedication — it will create a much more productive team.
6. Avoid useless meetings
Meetings can be an incredible waste of time. Create an agenda for your meetings and distribute it in advance. Invite only the people who really need to attend, start the meeting on time, and then end it as quickly as you possibly can.