As business owners, it’s tough to know where to draw the line in relation to motivating and pushing your team towards greater things. You don’t want to be overbearing and unapproachable in everyday life, but you also don’t want to be a pushover that your employees can take advantage of and stay at the same work pace forever.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five ways to motivate your employees, with a focus on positivity rather than intimidation:
Encourage Them to Do Better, Rather Than Criticize
Constructive criticism is far better than simply criticizing somebody for doing something wrong or not working hard enough and has a better success rate in motivating staff members. This is because they can take positives out of what you are saying and work towards achieving something, rather than being made to feel like they can’t do anything right. Negative criticism will quickly see your staff moral lower, so focus on encouraging your team to do better.
Introduce Some Friendly Competition into the Workplace
A number of businesses use incentives as a way of creating some friendly competition into the workplace, which in turn, motivates and encourages the team members to work harder and smarter towards getting stuff done. If you work in sales, you could have a ‘Salesperson of the Month’ award or create targets for workers to hit to ‘activate’ incentives. It may cost you a little extra to have these incentives and keep these competitions going, but if it reaps the rewards, it’s a small price to pay for success.
Give Employees Productivity Tips
You don’t want to patronize your employees, but giving them reading lists that includes books, articles or blogs, for instance, productivity tips and life hacks is a superb way of motivating your employees. Highlight to them that you are trying to aid their development and improve their ability to do their jobs. Many business owners don’t spend enough time on staff development and finding ways for them to actively be more productive, they just expect it. Take the proactive approach for a positive effect.
Work on Your Powers of Persuasion
The problem with being the ‘cool boss’ who makes work fun and is super positive is that from time to time people may take advantage of this and see if they can get away with doing very little. When this happens, the power of persuasion is the best approach, rather heading down the disciplinary route. That does nobody any favors and isn’t motivating in the slightest.
Focus on improving your influencing skills, and you will soon be able to use your passion and ideas as a way of motivating your team and convincing them to be more productive. A positive approach trumps a negative one every single time, so inspire your team with your leadership, rather than be the grumpy boss.
Take a Trip
Every now and then, business owners should be taking their employees out of the workplace and rewarding them for all their hard work. The idea behind this is to blow off some steam whilst building relationships and strengthening that team bond that can then translate to success in the workplace.
You don’t have to bungee jump or dive out of a plane, but you should definitely consider doing something together that you can talk and laugh about. If your team has positive memories regarding their workplace, chances are they’re going to want to stick around and work hard for you.