Growing a company takes more than a great idea; it requires a solid foundation of hard work, determination, and a talented team. But perhaps most of all, it requires motivation. Motivation to keep putting in the effort, day in and day out- motivation to keep the people working for you energized, excited and eager to see success. However, it’s not as easy as simply sending out a company memo or acknowledging the staff once a year at the company holiday party. Instead, it takes time and purposeful actions to truly inspire your team to success- here are our top 5 ways to do just that:
If you want to motivate your employees then show them what they are working towards- plain and simple. Be transparent not only with your goals- big or small- but with the actions being taken to achieve them. Let your team see the ups and downs, the wins and the losses when it comes to your company, so that they feel just as invested in the success of your company and the hard work it took to get there.
Recognize Others Often
Some may feel that the current generation is turning towards an expectation of constant applause and a “participation trophy” mentality, however, there is still something to be said about giving praise- when earned. When an employee, or team, does something worth recognizing, do so proudly. It’s important for your employees to feel respected and appreciated for their hard work and efforts. Remember, it’s the people on the ground, working tirelessly each day to improve and grow your business. When they don’t feel valued by the leadership team, negative work performance and poor office morale is sure to follow.
Communication means more than being able to clearly express your mission to your employees or hold captivating conferences. Beyond the business side of running a company, communication with your employees about their satisfaction within the company and their needs will help them to feel invested in personally by the person or people they spend their days working for. Ask them questions, find out their passions and goals and truly listen. These are all simple- but necessary- ways to motivate your employee base to go above the normal call of duty.
Be Positively Infectious
Not only does it take less facial muscles to smile than it does to frown, but sporting a smile throughout the office can lead to a healthier company culture and more motivated team, as well. It’s true- radiating positivity through physical and verbal actions, is known to increase the energy, productivity and overall performance throughout an office. A simple smile, a joke here or there or taking time out of the day to inject some fun into the workplace can all lead to success at the hands of your inspired- and empowered- staff.
Be a Proponent of a Work-Life Balance
Often employees lose sight of a healthy work-life balance in their quest for success. Many work early in the day into the night, staying behind after hours and coming in on the weekends, all to prove to themselves and others that they have what it takes. And while no one would ever caution someone for valuing their work, it’s critical for the leaders of a company to emphasize the importance of a healthy work-life balance before burnout steals the passion that once lit their employees up.
A company with healthy culture has many benefits, for both the company and its employees. Happier, more engaged employees will always be more motivated than their disconnected and undervalued counterparts. When employees work in an environment that has the above working principles, leaders will find that they have effectively motivated their team members to be better in all aspects of their professional and personal lives- and as a result, the company itself reaps unprecedented success, as well.