As the leader of a business, one of the best attributes you can master is how to motivate your team, both during periods of success and especially when things are tough. It’s a skill that leaders should work hard to develop, as on top of the pressures of managing a business from the top – you also need to be able to ensure you’re providing your team with the support and encouragement they need to keep going. Motivating your team should be done daily, and by showing your enthusiasm and passion for the direction your business is heading in you’ll be inspiring your team to feel the same. Below we’ve listed out our top tips to help you ensure you can keep yourself and your team motivated, no matter what challenges you face.
Pay people based on their value
The modern workplace is far more aligned with rewarding individuals who demonstrate a commitment to helping their business grow by investing themselves wholeheartedly in the role they’ve been hired to fulfil. Those employees who show a repeated commitment to going above and beyond what is required of them should be paid in a way that helps them know how appreciated and valued they are by the company. This will help you to motivate and retain your best staff and encourage others to follow their example as they understand their commitment will be recognised and rewarded. Nothing demotivates people quicker than feeling undervalued by being paid less than they deserve.
Don’t punish mistakes
One of the best ways you can motivate people is to encourage those who try and never punish mistakes that may arise. Develop a culture of learning so that every experience your team have is a development, both for the individuals involved and the company. In doing so you’ll be creating a safe, supportive environment in which people will push themselves to try new methods of working and push themselves to find creative solutions to challenges they face.
Be clear with objectives
One of the key things you need to do to motivate your team is to be clear about any objectives or goals you set. If the objectives are not clear, you run the risk of creating moving goalposts which people are never quite sure if they’ve met. The sense of satisfaction of completing a goal will be a huge way in which your team continue to feel motivated in their roles, so be sure to be crystal clear in your goal setting for both the business and the individuals you lead.