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How to get the best from your team

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

Team Leadership Advice

Good employees are hard to find and even harder to keep. And especially in today’s climate, it has never been as important for managers to motivate teams and acknowledge their contribution.

The current economic situation will have put a lot of pressure upon businesses as they look to further streamline their teams and processes. It will also have shown them the importance of their people and the need to retain their key players.

But if you’re a small business, finding the resources and finances to recognise your staff’s efforts can be tricky.

Incentives are a great way to re-energise a team, and they don’t always have to be financial. Rewards such as an odd morning off, paid lunch or even the chance to train in another department can be beneficial to both parties.

Communication is everything when it comes to staff motivation. If you’ve been putting off monthly appraisals, it’s a good habit to get back into. Spend half an hour with each individual to identify where they want to go with their job, and what the good and bad aspects are.

Also, make sure not to overlook the small things. Thanking an employee for their work, asking for their input for a presentation, praising a new project – even remembering it’s someone’s birthday – all these things really do add up.

Just by recognising the extra hours someone puts in by allowing them to take on a special project, or leave an hour early with no strings attached will make you appear much more receptive to their needs.

Here are a few staff motivation ideas to get your team back on track:

– Encourage them to provide input and suggestions
– Conduct a monthly or preferably weekly, meeting communicating the business’s performance
– Arrange 1-2-1 meetings – and stick to them
– Remember incentives don’t always have to be financial
– Don’t overlook the small things

As the adage says, behind any successful company is its people. Especially in the business world, people look for someone to take the lead, encourage hard work and foster an environment where staff can enjoy their work place.

So start looking at your staff motivation initiatives to ensure to keep on to your top performers.

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