How to motivate a team?


Motivation plays a huge role in the success of a team. Not only does it drive individuals to achieve, it also gives them a sense of pride and passion for their work. To that end, motivating and engaging employees and team members within the workplace is essential for maintaining performance. Here, we give you six tips for motivating your team and creating productive energy that leads to results.

Recognise & Reward Achievements

Recognition and reward can come in many forms – it doesn’t have to be monetary. But it can have a transformative effect on teams. In setting clearly defined goals with measurable results, you can create an incentive scheme that rewards hard work and achievement, pushing your team to go further and do better in the future.
The key to success is to be clear and consistent. Don’t set a target and change the goalposts. And deliver what you say you will. In doing this, your team will always have a goal to strive for, whether it’s a bonus, pay rise, promotion or something simpler such as a team day out, meal, vouchers or a gift.

Foster Creativity & Innovation

While clearly defined roles are important to the success of a team, giving flexibility for creativity and innovation is also vital too. In doing this, you appreciate that individuals have different ways of learning and doing – and give them the space to explore that.
Further to this, encouraging team members to freely voice ideas and suggestions in a neutral, non-judgmental environment will promote outside-of-the-box thinking that could accelerate growth and performance. Offering your team this flex within their role to innovate and create is a fantastic way of motivating them because they will feel like their suggestions are valued and appreciated.

Encourage Growth

The secret to success for most teams comes down to utilising and maximising the different strengths of everyone. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for growth either. By encouraging your team members to grow and develop you simultaneously motivate them and increase their confidence.
This could be in the form of investing in training or assigning a task that challenges a member of your team. Of course, this should be done with the appropriate support structures in place to foster growth. But when done correctly, encouraging growth can be a fantastic way to push team members out of their comfort zone and show them what they are capable of.

Minimise Dissatisfaction

People perform well when they feel satisfied within their role. Job dissatisfaction can arise for several reasons. Team members may not feel secure in their role, or they may feel micromanaged or belittled. Identifying dissatisfaction where possible and creating satisfaction can lead to a more motivated team that works productively with a sense of purpose and clear intent.

Change Up Your Expectations

High standards and expectations are key to a high performing work environment. But impossible expectations can lead to demotivation. Take some time to review the expectations of your team and assess whether they are clear and achievable. Then, ensure that there are clear standards and processes in place to meet those expectations.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve been set up to fail, so avoid this at all costs. With larger goals or projects, break them up into bitesize achievable targets with clear (but flexible) action plans. Further to this, review how you deal with ‘failure’ or what happens when someone falls short of expectations. Is there support in place to help your team achieve? If so, they’re more likely to push themselves.

Help Them to Work Together

Teams are basically just a group of people who have been put together and told to work together. To really make the magic happen you need to create cohesion and promote team working. This can be done in a variety of ways.
Firstly, you must allow teams to work through the stages of development with the help of strong leadership. Accept that there will be conflict and that some members of the group will push boundaries and test each other. What matters in these kinds of situations is how they are handled.
Team building activities are a fantastic way to promote better working relationships. Large or small, team building allows team members to get to know each other, understand each other better, and develop their own communication and problem-solving skills. As well as this, taking part in team-building activities helps teams to motivate one another, a skill which they can take back into the workplace and apply throughout complex projects.

Motivate Your Team with KDM Events

If you would like to engage, motivate and develop your team, then our events and activities are the perfect place to start. For new or established teams, team building activities from KDM Events are great for building key skills, confidence and motivation among colleagues. Contact us today to find out more.

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