Fall is here, and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s a busy time of year, and you need your people performing optimally. How can you set them up for success and keep them motivated yet happy and satisfied during the autumn and winter season ahead? Here are some tips:
Tip #1: Make sure goals are clear and realistic.
When employees aren’t sure what they’re supposed to be doing, goal posts keep shifting, or objectives seem unattainable, your team will become disengaged. Avoid this by meeting with staff routinely, make sure everyone knows what to do and when, and address any challenges or concerns. It’s a win-win when everyone is on the same page.
Tip #2: Give your employees more control.
If you have helicopter-boss-type tendencies, try to tamp them down. Employees want to know their boss trusts them. They also want freedom to make some decisions on their own. Give them that and empower them to innovate, create, and deliver their best results. You might be surprised by what they come up with.
Tip #3: Offer praise and positive reinforcement.
Even your most experienced people need praise and positive reinforcement. This communicates they’re on the right track and that you’re pleased with their performance. It also motivates them to keep working hard and meeting goals – and can even inspire others to do the same.
Tip #4: Be a good listener.
Don’t do all the talking when it comes to communicating with your employees. Listen first and ask questions so you can truly understand any issues they come to you with. When you create an atmosphere of open communication, they’ll be more apt to come to you with problems and concerns, so you can deal with them before they escalate.
Tip #5: Celebrate the wins.
When your team achieves an important milestone or a critical goal, broadcast and celebrate it. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them and how proud you are that they are part of your team. When they feel valued, they will be more loyal and want to continue working hard for you. Plus, taking time to celebrate offers an opportunity to build stronger relationships with your staff.
Need highly motivated people to add to your team?
At PrideStaff, we have a network of candidates who are skilled, dependable, and ready to get up and running with you. We can give you access to talented individuals for a range of positions. We can also help train them, so the learning curve is shorter, and they are productive faster. Get started today by contacting our team.