As a manager, you set the tone within your office, whether you realize it or not. Your behavior, your words, and your guidance have a major impact on the productivity and morale within the business. In order to encourage your employees to bring their best to work each day, keep these points in mind:
Value your employees’ big picture goals
While you want to be sure that each team member is doing their job to the fullest every day, realize that these people are human too. They have long-term goals and career objectives. When you take an interest in these big picture plans and make an effort to help them reach them, you’ve got employees who are more invested in their work. Take some time to devise ways to assist your employees in reaching their goals. For example, if they’d like to become a manager one day, is there a leadership training program you can recommend them for? Can you give them management tips based on your own experience? Showing that you care about them as a person is a crucial part of strong leadership.
Understand that all people have limitations
Effective managers expect a lot from their employees, but they realize that no one is perfect. If you’re never satisfied with your team’s performance, they’ll quickly become disheartened. You want to keep pushing them and encouraging them to achieve more, but don’t be afraid to dole out encouragement and praise when it’s earned either.
Give regular feedback
Some managers make the mistake of only giving feedback when there’s a problem that’s become out of control. Feedback should be given regularly in order to keep small issues in check so that they’re not permitted to fester. While no one likes criticism, it’s a necessary part of keeping your business on track.
What have you learned about keeping your team motivated? Share with us in the comments!