Achieving outstanding results starts with a team full of motivated and inspired people. A lack of motivation in your team will not only stunt the growth of your brand, but it is also one of the leading causes of burnout. Here are some tips on motivating your team, beating burnout, and reinvigorating them to achieve their goals.
1. Set clear goals
It is easy to lose motivation when you don't know what you are working towards - so it makes sense that this also applies to a team. Setting clear and measurable goals will help your team understand what they are striving for and how to get there. After making these goals, make sure everyone on the team understands the vision so that your team can work together towards the same goals. Along the way, it is also important to track progress to show your team that their work is making a difference. Goals set a structure for your team that motivates them to achieve results.
Lack of motivation can come from a lack of acknowledgment. Be sure to communicate well at all times. Update your team on the latest news about the company or bring them up to date on how much progress the team is making towards their goals. Create a space for your team that allows them to speak to each other about what tasks need to be completed or just a place to give feedback on recent projects. Check-in with your team often to help them feel connected to the business and motivate them to work harder towards the vision of the brand. If team members feel like they're working alone, they are likely to lose motivation and can possibly even grow to resent their position.
3. Create an effective work environment
Productivity and motivation can be affected by the physical environment around you. Creating a space where your team is happy and comfortable will not only improve their mood but will improve their productivity too. Be considerate of lighting, noises, and air quality in the workplace. Provide healthy snacks and encourage your team to take regular breaks and exercise. These actions will develop healthy habits that can maintain the energy of your team. Whether your team is working from home or at the office, make sure that it is an environment that promotes productivity and maintains motivation.
4. Reward your team
Everyone wants to know if the work they are doing is making a difference. If a team member puts in the extra work or achieves outstanding results, let them know by giving something back to them! Rewards can take the form of tangible prizes, but they can also be constructive feedback. Positive feedback is a powerful tool that rewards team members for their accomplishments and reminds them of the great work they are doing. Tell them why their work was good and how it affected the business and the bigger picture, rather than a basic “good job.” Remember, constructive feedback and praise are extremely effective motivators that cost nothing.
5. Give opportunities for growth
Team members often lose motivation when they don't see opportunities to progress in their position. Presenting possible opportunities for growth is a great incentive to motivate your team to work harder. Better yet, maintaining an open dialogue with your employees that encourages them to share their own aspirations within the company encourages them to always strive for more - and do it within your team. After all, your team wants to improve the company but they also want to work on themselves. Giving them new challenges or opportunities to shadow higher positions not only motivates them, but it helps your team learn new skills.
Achieving great results starts by investing in your team. Vega Inspired Solutions has equipped countless business leaders to motivate their teams and achieve striking results. Whether you are battling a plague of burnout within your company, or you just want to know how you can better optimize your workforce, Vega can help. Give us a call or send us a message today!