Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Motivational Techniques Every Leader Should Know
We love working with college students each season as they work as interns and help with our weddings. It is a great partnership as we love teaching them the ropes of event planning and we learn so much from them too. They have brought fresh new ideas, helped with social media, technology challenges and much more. It's important though since they are new to the industry to make them feel part of the team. At times there might be things behind the scenes that maybe they could have done a little better so we talk to them and explain so for next time they can understand the process and improve. Many times at events they brainstorm ideas or come up with solutions on how to fix or handle something and it's important to give them credit where credit is due.
Anyone who has ever handled a team is aware that everything can go wrong in a moment, especially with different personalities sitting in one room. Also, some employees might feel that their efforts are unrecognized or that the management does not offer them enough benefits for all the work that they do.
It is in such situations that diagnostic tools like People Analytics platform can come into play. Such a tool offers great insights into team dynamics, spotlights individual strengths, and finds ways in which companies can effectively enhance employee productivity.
But aside from relying on such a tool, industry leaders and decision-makers should do other things to keep their employees functioning on high morale. If you're one of those people calling the shots in your company, consider these motivational techniques:
Consider allowing remote workdays
Remote work could de-stress employees, especially in cities where traffic jams are a regular part of daily drives and commutes. It could also favor employers since they can save on office resources while allowing their employees to have flexible work schedules in the comfort of their homes. You can experiment for at least a month to see if your employees will become more productive and motivated. If not, you can go back to your usual office set-up.
Encourage healthy collaborations
It's revealed that some 39% of workers strongly feel that company bosses do not put much weight on their ideas. As a result, they become disillusioned and lose the drive to make conscious efforts to contribute their views during meetings. That should never be the case.
If you're a leader, encourage your subordinates to speak their minds during scheduled huddles. Make your people feel that their ideas are valued enough to be heard. You don't have to agree with everything they say. But at the very least, let your colleagues feel that their concerns and input are noted every time. More importantly, be ready to put into effect the ideas that are feasible and beneficial to the company since it's the best compliment that you can give to your employees.
Praise in public but reprimand in private
This idea is an age-old management technique that holds until today.
Employees, or anyone for that matter, will feel humiliated when reprimanded by their bosses for everyone to hear. It's not a great way to establish rapport or push anyone to perform. Instead, be ready to talk to the employee in the privacy of your office or conference room so that they won't feel embarrassed or humiliated.
Conversely, workers feel empowered when they're publicly acknowledged by their superiors for a job done well. Don't be a cheapskate with praise, especially if the employee deserves recognition.
Let your people grow professionally
Do your employees wish to pursue graduate studies? Let them.
Do they want to attend professional development training in another state? Allow them.
These things matter to employees who desire to widen their horizons and make them more fit to tackle challenging roles in their companies. By showing that you support their passion for professional growth, you're giving them enough motivation to contribute more to your company's rise to success.
With these simple motivational techniques, you should expect employees to be better motivated to help propel your company to the top. It's a win-win solution that everyone should benefit from.
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