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7 Ways To Pump Up Your Team’s Motivation

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7 Ways To Pump Up Your Team’s Motivation

Heading up a team is stressful. At times, keeping yourself motivated can be a challenge.

Couple that with your obligation as Manager/Team leader to ensure colleagues remain enthusiastic and you’ll be forgiven for feeling like you have a real task on your hands. But, you wouldn’t be in this position if you didn’t like a challenge, right?

A sense of accomplishment, respect and recognition, have all been cited as key drivers for boosting motivation. Interestingly, money rarely appears above fifth place.

Considering this, we’ve suggested these seven steps to keeping your team motivated:

 

1. Keep it clean

Not your language – but depending on the situation, that could be wise too. We’re talking about the working environment.

The negative impact a cluttered office has on productivity can be surprising, with workers feeling sluggish and lazy. Encourage a tidy desk policy, but provide draws for employees to keep files and trinkets in.

Where possible, let in as much natural light as possible and keep the office as open plan as you can, try not to shoehorn colleagues into corners.

Organisation doesn’t have to end in the office either. Train your team to keep on top of to-do lists, store information in a communal place, and inspire an inbox zero mentality by implementing archiving tools.

 

2. Set goals

This applies to all spectrums of the work place – from companywide, to those of an individual.

As mentioned, a sense of accomplishment is a significant driver, so tailor training plans to your employees – developing the skills they want to enhance and sign off the plan yourself. Set a realistic timeline, explain how you will help them achieve this, and allow them to dedicate some – you may need to be strict here – work time towards accomplishing it.

Wider company goals need to be clear too, to give the team direction, as well as keep you motivated and able to benchmark progress. Let your team input, and use ‘chunking’ to break major goals into manageable chunks; as above, plot tasks onto a timeline or roadmap and, most importantly, allow for flexibility. If a goal isn’t reached – fine, reassess and shift as needed.

 

3. Reward hard work

It’s not all about the money (although we’re sure employees won’t dispute a bonus or profit share!). Rewards come in various forms, from monetary to promotions.

On a smaller scale, start by identifying when an employee has accomplished a goal and reward them by announcing this to the company. The recognition will motivate them to keep working at a productive pace, as well as create some friendly competition within the team; reducing procrastination.

Promotions are a great driver too; the combination of a new title and/or responsibilities, plus – most likely – an accompanying pay rise, is a great way to inspire individuals and the whole team to stay pumped.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

4. Be open

Communication is crucial and it’s easy for managers to fall into a secrecy trap – often unintentionally – due to fear of overloading employees.

Think of your team as a family; the more knowledge they have on the company’s progress –including any negative results – the better equipped they are to deal with it and work together to improve.

Give regular updates on performance. These could be via weekly emails or monthly team meetings, just ensure everyone is in the loop.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

5. Invest

Whether its tools or training, listen to employees when they express needs and act on what you can.

Budget restraints may limit what you can implement, but if a new online tool could noticeably increase productivity, or a training session could help an individual to meet their personal KPIs, consider introducing it. Anything that aids efficiency in the team’s day-to-day will keep motivation levels and business performance high.

Remember to recognise and reward the individual who suggested the new process.

 

6. Conquer poor performance

 

Potentially the toughest step, but you know business isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. If a member isn’t performing, you need to act to avoid the mood spreading like wildlife.

An immediate firing is rarely necessary; sometimes all it takes is a light nudge in the right direction. Try the steps suggested in the B.E.S.T method:

  • Begin with the situation.
  • Express the result.
  • State the desired changes.
  • Tell them the consequence.

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7. Socialise

Last, but definitely not least, socialise with your team. It’s fair to be concerned about blurring the lines between personal and professional – and caution should, of course, be exercised – but colleagues will often feel more comfortable if you make an effort to get to know them.

The occasional team lunch or evening drinks should be encouraged and, if you want to step it up, consider regular team building days.

 

Keeping your team motivated is crucial to the success of your business, as well as your position. By considering the motivation drivers – respect, accomplishment and recognition – you’re on your way to ensuring a pumped and productive team.

You may even be one step closer to winning Manager of the Year! Thank you for reading!

Sebastian is a content composer at RocketMill, with previous experience in social media and brand reputation. He spends a lot of time playing team sports or catching up on his favourite TV series. If you would like to see more about the routines of successful women, check out this digital asset that shows more - http://www.eventa.co.uk/real-daily-routines-of-successful-women

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  1. Elita Torres

    Jun 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Number 5 and 6 (Invest & Conquer Poor Performance) is where the teams that I manage tend to struggle with the most. Ironically, they almost go hand in hand. If you take the time to Invest in your people, hopefully you will have to conquer poor performance less often. Investing in your employees ( 1-1 conversations, development conversations, goal setting etc…) is worth the effort no matter how busy you are. The return will be greater than the investment with most people.

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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.

But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.

Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.

These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.

1. Include short breaks

My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.

2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking

Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.

3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule

A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!

These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!

1. Music

This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!

2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery

When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.

3. Love what you do

This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.

These last few tips are Industry-related!

1. Make sure you have fun projects

Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.

2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year

Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.

3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry

View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.

These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!

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7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success

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Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.

Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.

Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.

I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.

Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.

Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:

1. It Solves Your Problem

When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.

2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress

Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety. 

Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. Increase Your Focus

Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate. 

Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing,  and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.

4. It Helps in Redefining Success

Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential. 

If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.

5. It Boosts Your Health

Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically  affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments. 

Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present

Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations. 

Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.

7. Stay Aware and Positive

A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally,  it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self. 

Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.

To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.

Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!

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