Motivating employees is a large part of the manager’s role.
It is a proven fact that individuals perform smarter and better when they are empowered, provided with clear objectives and rewards for achieving them.
When managers have small teams, they can personally devote time to each and every employee, but it is no that simple for leaders of large teams, who manage hundreds or thousands of staffers.
However, there are two ways that bigger teams can improve employee motivation, such as:
Reward All Employees
It’s no secret that many lower level employees often feel overlooked in large companies.
While the senior managers are highly compensated with large bonuses and awards for their team’s high performance, the people who feel they carried out the actual work don’t feel they get their fair share of the pie.
How can you fix this problem that can hinder motivation in the office?
By recognising achievement by performance instead of by rank.
Make sure every leader in your team, from the C-level executive to the junior manager is conducting annual performance reviews for the people on their team.
By setting measurable goals and marking outputs completed to achieve them, you can then review how well each individual employee did in a certain timeframe.
You can then praise the workers that truly deserved it, the ones that met or exceeded their objectives, thus increasing productivity for their team.
When your employees will understand that anyone, regardless of their position, can be noticed and rewarded, that will motivate everyone to try their best.
Introduce Healthy Competition
Today’s working world is mostly based on teamwork instead of individual accomplishments.
This actually benefits managers of larger companies because they can motivate employees by promoting teamwork.
One great strategy is to create a healthy, competitive environment where the groups attempt to outdo each other in a certain goal.
The competitions can be based around sales, customer service, accomplishing a project or even coming up with the best philanthropic idea.
It doesn’t really matter WHAT your teams compete for, as long as they get excited about working together for a common cause.
This will help them to know each other better, learn each other’s strengths and promote communication!
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant
Originally published: 17 May, 2018
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