Being a leader is a tough job. Managing a business and employees is not for the weak of heart, and finding the equation to motivate your employees can be one of the biggest challenges leaders face. While leadership styles vary, the goal remains the same: lead in a way that makes your employees want to flourish in your company, for your company.
So, how can that goal of empowering your team be achieved? Let’s talk some tips and strategies to ensure you’re being an effective leader in motivating your staff.
Each employee is different, and what motivates them is personal. While there is absolutely no way you can appease every single person, its possible to figure out what makes everyone feel empowered in their roles and play up on those needs.
The Importance of Meaningful Work
No matter what role an employee has in the company, knowing they are a piece of the puzzle that will meet a greater goal can make all the difference. When people show up to work every day they want to feel like their work matters. Allowing your staff to take on important tasks and letting them know they are trusted and capable with completing those tasks makes all the difference.
It's crucial, as a leader, your staff knows you are available to them. An open-door policy makes your team feel they can come to you and are welcome. Beyond communicating personally, clearly and concisely explaining job duties and roles will make your staff feel more confident in their roles and ability to complete their tasks. If an employee is doing a great job, speak up; if there is room for improvement, speak up. According to Bluebird, "43% of highly engaged employees get feedback once a week." Feel free to help your staff improve constructively.
Take surveys, and ask how your employees feel. Are they happy with the resources they have? Do they think they've been given all they need to do their job as well as they can? When you ask your employees about their work conditions or what motivates them, they will feel valued. When feedback is given and makes sense, implement their suggestions. Being asked their opinion makes your team feel empowered and heard.
Strong Company Culture
Culture is everything in the workplace, especially in traditional office spaces. Let's face it; our employees spend more time in our facilities than at home most weeks. Ensure the work culture is positive and that the team trusts one another and understands they are all working toward the same goal. Your goal to focus on culture and reduce burn out should be vital.
Now that we know what motivates employees, how can you help?
Create a Positive Work Enviornment
Positive work environments create cheerful, motivated, and efficiency because leadership sets the tone, you need to create a positive, uplifting environment that your staff enjoys being a part of every day.
Set Clear Goals and Expectations
When your staff knows exactly what they are working toward and how they can get the business there, it can boost productivity. Feeling confident in their role and what it adds to the team makes the small, daily tasks less menial and more meaningful.
Provide Regular Feedback and Coaching
A great employee wants to learn and evolve. Providing feedback on how they can improve or how impressed you are with these strengths will show them you're invested in their role in the company. Making someone feel empowered will motivate them to learn and do more.
Provide Opportunities for Growth and Development
Growing with a company is the best way to ensure employees feel empowered. If there is an opportunity for your staff to grow and develop their careers with you, they will feel invested in and will want to do well for you and the business.
Foster a Culture of Empowerment
Teamwork makes the dream work, and building a culture that stands behind, trusts, and encourages one another can foster significant empowerment. When your team can build one another up, they are unstoppable.
It takes work to motivate some employees and keep the motivation momentum up. In every situation, there will be some pushback. Some employees may have lost their commitment or have decided they want to move on. It's essential in those situations to pull those employees aside and have a conversation about that behavior. Being open and honest about challenges or lack of motivation can spearhead what could become a morale issue down the road.
LEADERS WHO EMPOWER, BOOST PRODUCTIVITY
Motivating a team as a leader may seem like a difficult task, but with excellent communication, listening, and openness, you can create a thriving culture and business. The Shift Spot prides itself in helping leaders perfect their styles and skills the whole business benefits. If you're looking for some leadership guidance, we are happy to help. Let's get started.