8 Ways to Motivate Your Staff in 2016

8 Ways to Motivate Your Staff in 2016

2016 offers leaders great opportunities to not only motivate staff, but to make them stakeholders in the company’s success. How you go about accomplishing this is the tricky part, however. Simply making resolutions and vowing to do better this year isn’t enough.

To motivate your staff, boost morale and increase productivity, leaders must recognise, reward and respect the excellence of their team. It is your job as a leader to set the bar, inspire and motivate your team to reach greatness, because ultimately, you are only as good as your team. Here are eight simple ways you can get the most of your staff this year.

1. Keep employees in the loop

Let them know what you have planned for the coming year: new clients, changes in the workplace, team building exercises, new benefits, incentive programs and more.

2. Don’t hide behind your office door

Show you care. Be present and engage staff in conversation wherever possible.

3. Review and reaffirm 

Ask employees to give you their thoughts on the shortcomings of the previous year and how they think overall productivity can be improved in the coming year. Their insights may surprise you.

4. Pitch ideas and listen

Ask employees how your products or services can be improved and find out what they need to make 2016 their best yet.

5. Focus everyone on clients and customers

Encourage every employee to offer some insight into how customer relations or client experiences can be made better through their experience.

6. Say thank you!

Write a thank-you note or a card to an employee thanking them for going above and beyond. Attach a note to a gift card to express your admiration and appreciation for something they did that was truly stellar.

7. Celebrate achievements and events

As a big project is completed, single out individuals whose efforts pushed the whole team over the line. Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries when appropriate, and let everyone know they are valued.

8. Pitch in

A leader who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty is the leader everyone wants to work with. If you have a visible stake in meeting deadlines, assisting with a sales call and generally helping out when needed, your employees will see you in a whole new light.

What do you think?

If cultivated properly, a motivated staff will feed off the energy of its leadership and become a self-perpetuating production machine. What are some practical tips you have used to engage and enthuse your staff and colleagues? Comment your views below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Digitalist Magazine; Entrepreneur and Lifehack

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