8 Management Tips for Motivating Your Employees
Employees rarely quit a company; they quit their managers, supervisors, or company leadership. In a time when maintaining a quality workforce is one of the greatest challenges of the business world, it’s important to keep some essential (and simple) motivating factors in mind.
#1 – Be Friendly
We aren’t saying you should take your staff out to the movies on the weekend, but simple things like saying hello in the morning can truly go a long way. Be friendly and approachable.
#2 – Be Consistent
Receiving mixed messages kills employees’ motivation because they feel that they are always trying to hit a moving target. Be clear and focused in your communications.
#3 – Be Authentic
Employees know when you say things you don’t actually believe. By maintaining your authenticity, employees are able to understand what is truly important and don’t have to sort through the clutter to prioritize messages.
#4 – Be Noble
Managers who continually prioritize themselves over their staff quickly squash the motivation of their teams. Remember that your personal success will shine through as your team succeeds.
#5 – Be Accountable
Take responsibility for your actions. In order to establish an environment of accountability, you must lead by example. Admit your mistakes, and take the blame for your team’s failures.
#6 – Be Dependable
This means that you publically support your team and you help them succeed. Encourage your team to communicate with you openly, and be consistent with your responses. Additionally, do what you say you are going to do and within the timeframe you suggested.
#7 – Be Responsive (Not Reactive)
Beyond responding to emails and phone calls, being responsive means you hear the concerns and ideas of others, and you let them know they were heard. When receiving troubling news, don’t react until you have heard all the details. Be patient and maintain a positive perspective.
#8 – Be Aware
Regardless of the industry, one of the most common complaints from unhappy employees is that their manager is out of touch. Be aware of your employees’ jobs, personalities, and needs. Recognize when they are going through an unusually busy period, and let them know you are there to support them.
Develop a Strategic Workforce Plan
Finding talented new team members is a challenging endeavor. Therefore, it’s essential to retain the strong employees you currently have. As a Certified Business Coach and Consultant, Tony Edgar specializes in helping companies in Southwest Florida hire, retain, and motivate their teams. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation today!