One of the most important things you can do to help your business succeed and your employees motivated is to use encouragement. Other expressions that mean the same as encourage are “Give Confidence, Cheer, Support”.
Many managers seem to think that the salary should be encouragement enough. But you should be thinking better than that.
Think of ways that you can give your employees more support and give them more confidence:
How about recognising them for a job well-done? For many, that is all they need to feel encouraged. If you are genuine in your appreciation, and choose it for the right moment, it can work wonders. A simple but honest appreciative remark can go a very long way.
Become aware of what hobbies and interests your employees have. Then when you are out and about and see something that has to do with that particular interest, pick it up for them. Coming into the office and saying “I really appreciate what you do, and I got this for you as a small token of my appreciation,” will make them feel they are recognised for a great job! It doesn’t have to cost the earth! Just a token. But the thought it evokes will make a real difference.
Be sure to say “Thanks.” No matter what, always be sure to say thank you to those who work for you. Yes they work for pay, but it always helps to know that their work is recognised.
And if you are going to praise, don’t just leave it till you’re on your own with the employee. Find an opportunity when they are with their co-workers, and your praise will create a buzz! Make sure it’s genuine and specific for the task carried out, or the employee might be seen by their colleagues as a ‘favourite’.
Encouraging your employees will increase their morale and help them see how they can improve their quality, as they will always strive for improvement when they are recognised.
A key task that you as a manager can always improve in is that of creating a vision that will inspire your team.
An inspiring vision should not just be left to the senior management team to develop. It’s something that will drive and motivate your small team as well, no matter what position you hold within the organisation. It must be clear and inspiring, enabling and practical. Here are some tips you can use to develop your own vision with your own team:
Ensure you develop your vision with your team members in mind, and believe in it yourself! Make it realistic and make it personal and practical.
As with a satellite navigational system, you need to put the end destination in first before you can determine where you are now. Then you decide on the link between the two positions. Only then can you see the steps that need to be taken to bridge the gap.
Get support from higher management for your vision. Without that, you face an upwards struggle and obstacles when you need to gain commitment from the budget-holders.
Next, think about how you are going to communicate the vision and what the medium of communication will be. Will you launch it at a big open meeting? A series of smaller meetings? One-on-Ones? A mixture of all of these? Whatever you decide, make sure everyone understands it, and what their role is in it.
Be available at all times to talk individually to everyone if they have any questions or queries about the application of the vision.
Make sure everyone has the help they need to build the skills to participate in the vision.
Set milestones along the route so everyone knows how they are doing against the planned journey. Help everyone to buy-in to the journey.
Keep an eye open for anyone who tries, meaningfully or not, to sabotage the journey on the route to the vision. These negative people may impact the rest, so keep them under your wing and offer support at all times.
Ensure you mention the vision and the goals often, so everyone can see how committed you are to achieving it.
Live it yourself, so all team members can follow your lead and example every step of the way.
Celebrate achieving goals along the way. The vision is the journey and everyone must see the rewards if they are to maintain momentum on the journey. Keep it clear and motivational, and you will reap the rewards of teamwork, positivity, motivation and drive.