Experience speaks for itself: one motivated team member can achieve more than ten unmotivated. But at this point, you may roll your eyes and think: “I have done everything I can to keep my people motivated, and they don’t seem to care.” We know it is not an easy task, but it is also not an unreachable idilio. So, from my experience, I would like to give you some tips that could help you motivate your people, live to tell the tale!
- Keep an eye on yourself
As a leader, like it or not, you are the primary source of motivation. Your staff will look up to you and mimic your attitude. So, if you feel that something is amiss, better take a look at yourself first, and see if you can be the one who starts the change.
- Invest time and effort into getting to know your people
We know that sometimes all we do is run before deadlines, client requests and paperwork, but if you want to create a real sense of companionship, you must spend time creating meaningful relationships with your staff. Whether it is through mentoring, team building activities or even dropping by or scheduling one-on-one meetings to see how things are going, it is vital that you actually know the people you are working with and what is going on in their lives.
- Think what you can give back
People are giving you their time, their creativity and their loyalty. So, what are you giving them in return? Of course a competitive salary is important, but that is just the starting point. You should also consider what else you could offer your people to make their daily life a bit nicer: flexible schedules, wellbeing programs, and anything you can think of to improve their daily work experience.
- Give (and receive) feedback
Make sure communication is constant and it goes both ways. Your staff will be expecting you to give them feedback on their performance, their progress and more. At the same time, you should encourage people to speak openly to you about your own performance as a leader: are you being fair in your decisions? Do they feel that things could be done in a different way? You may be surprised by all the great ideas you can get if you are willing to listen.
- Always respect your people
This should not even need to be said, but you must always keep in mind that your employees are, first of all, individuals. They have families, needs, hobbies and maybe other projects apart from their jobs. Respect their needs, their time and, mostly, their free time. When people know they are being respected and valued, they will work more productively when they are, in fact, working.
Motivation feels sometimes like an abstract goal, with no tangible steps to achieve it. At Virtualmind, however, we believe that motivating our collaborators has to be one of our first priorities. We set reachable objectives and take concrete steps, such as the ones mentioned here, to make sure our people are happy, motivated and ready to take any challenge that comes their way.