Your business is only as successful as its staff, therefore, it is of utmost importance that you develop a positive work culture in your business. This requires thinking beyond the individual and focusing on the concept of ‘team work’.
Here are several ways in which you can motivate your staff as a collective group to work successfully in the name of your business.
Hire motivated staff
This is the first and most important step, which can be easily controlled in the interview process. Remember to hire a person based on their attributes and their previous work experience. It is important that you remain professional and prevent the overriding encroachment of personal judgments.
Motivation starts at the top. You must employ a ‘team leader’ or a manager (this may be you) that has the qualities necessary to keep the train moving. They must exude both strict and compromising qualities. Look out for a balance.
Establish clear goals for the team
A team needs direction and goals to establish a sense of achievement once they have been reached. Goals can be established on a monthly, weekly or daily basis.
Set out clear rules. This not only applies to ethical issues such as personal conduct at work, but also to cleanliness.
Develop healthy competition
Even in a team environment it is effective and important to reward individuals. Within the framework of clear goals, good performance should be recognised and rewarded. Rewards can be determined in team meetings: this way everybody is aware of them and are in agreement that they are worth working towards.
Conduct regular meetings
These meeting should couch the participation of staff in the operation of your business. Any issues, ideas or motivation strategies should be put forth in this arena. This will establish a sense of pride in the staff and provide you with a fresh outlook.
Create a buddy-mentor strategy
This is most effective for new employees. Rather than throwing them in at the deep end, pair them up with an experienced staff member in their particular field. This is less intimidating and can save time in the learning and training process.
Have training workshops
Within a rapidly changing technological and business environment, it’s important that your staff is proficient in the associated new practices or skills. Dedicate time to teaching and easing your staff into these new territories – it will pay itself off in the long run.
Conduct regular one-on-one
Managers should inform individual staff members of the progress and areas of strength and/or weakness. Managers need to be productive and helpful. If there are any areas of the individual’s work that need improving, a manager should have a clear solution available.