It would be nice, if everyone was just motivated to do their jobs. However, the reality is that even a paycheck isn’t always enough motivation. But the good news is that there are truly simple techniques that can result in a more inspired team. Here are some ideas on how to get started:
- Set clear goals that emphasize results–not hours. When people work in an environment that prizes hours over results, they start taking care of their personal business at work. Encourage your team to get their work done at work during a normal 40-hour week. Productivity will increase because people aren’t resentful or tired–and because they aren’t taking care of personal business at work.
- Don’t micromanage. Your team members know how to do their jobs–isn’t that why you hired them? Give them assignments, ask if they need help, and then leave them alone to figure out exactly how to get the work done. Don’t tell them how you would do it, until they ask.
- Avoid Useless Meetings. No one wants to sit through a meeting that could have been an email. Decide if the matter truly requires a meeting. If it does, create an agenda, distribute it in advance and then stick to it. Invite only the people who really need to be there, start the meeting on time, and end it as quickly as possible. Your staff will thank you.
- Give meaningful rewards. Receiving recognition for a big workplace victory doesn’t mean much when similar recognition is doled out for all the little gains. Be thoughtful with your praise. When you do give recognition, make sure the means matches the person. Some people want everyone to know about their achievements, while others find public praise embarrassing.
- Ask for input and ideas. Half of the reward for engineers is seeing what they’ve developed implemented from start to finish. Being involved in the conception, design and planning processes will push your engineers to create higher quality products. Give your team a stake and a say in what the organization is doing and they’ll reward you with their best work.
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