Being able to motivate your team in the right way can have a big impact on the performance of the team and the general atmosphere in the workplace. To help you motivate your team, we have outlined 5 simple steps to follow to help give your team a bit of a boost.
Every year thousands of people take part in various runs and marathons, pushing themselves to the limit. They are constantly training and improving, just as businesses should be.
Despite their differences, men and women of all ages take part in these events with the shared desire to reach the finish line. To make it to the end goal and to keep improving on their previous time, these sportsmen and women are constantly training, adapting and investing in the right kit.
If people didn’t train for these events, they would be wholly unprepared. Perhaps the same is true in organisations. Some companies think that the odd team outing or team building session will be enough to energise their team and get them to where they need to go.
Just as we prepare for sporting events, businesses should be investing in staff and providing consistent team building days combined with effective training and tools to keep motivated back at the office.
Most team meetings are regarded as tedious and unnecessary when they should be creative and energising. We can help team leaders not just when they are with us for an Away Day but also when they are back in the office preparing for that dreaded team meeting. If you’d like to inject some passion and energy into your team meetings please get in touch to organise a free consultation.
David Graeber, the anthropologist, recently published a book which stated and unraveled why up to 40% of us secretly think our jobs aren’t necessary or could easily be done by a software or mechanism.
To back this theory, a survey carried out by YouGov in 2015 found that 37% of people believe that their job makes no “meaningful contribution”.
Alongside many wonderful facts and theory’s, we are reminded of John Maynard Keynes’ 1930 prediction that by the year 2000 due to technical advances the working week would have reduced from 40 hours to 15. The unfortunate truth is that this hasn’t happened.
If we were to reduce the working week many people wouldn’t be able to afford to feed their families. Besides, people are seriously connected to their jobs and most will spend more than the required 40 hours a week working or thinking and mulling over their work at home.
The technological advances that we have created have prolonged the hours we work rather than shortening them because we can now access emails out of hours and are connected to work with our mobile and desktop devices.
Some companies have invested in policies such as Zmail, where email servers are closed off out of hours and at weekends so that the staff can have separate lives from work and then be able to come back in refreshed and re-motivated.
But even if we do have time to shut off, many come to work and feel sluggish and slightly angered due to the fact that they don’t think their job is worth anything or having any contribution at all to the world around them. In fact, they just stay because they’ve become committed and the money is good.
People tend to go along with the majority and conform along with everyone else who feels the same way. They then pretend and mask the fact that their jobs don’t really do anything or are needed for anything.
Employment is at an all-time high at the moment and more and more people are seeing the likeliness that they’ll find a new job If they quit and get a new one. Smaller start-ups and roles in public service are now seen as more professional and respectable, meaning there’s a larger threat to larger multi-national companies with all of these ‘pointless jobs’.
These larger companies are working hard to make themselves seem like worthy companies with the use of an annual volunteering day or some wonderful imagery in the company report. Unfortunately, people aren’t that gullible and it’s time to revisit and reinvent purpose at all levels within organisations for all teams and individuals.
For a purposeful conversation, contact us here.
With the cost and time required to train new staff, current employees can be invaluable to a company and so steps should be made to keep them.
Getting enough sleep is important not just for our health, but in order to function as a good leader. This, combined with a positive team, honesty and much more is the perfect recipe for great leadership. Follow these 10 tips closely and you yourself could be on the way to becoming a great team leader which can improve the efficiency of both your colleagues and your business.
Receiving an unexpected resignation letter is a big hit, not only to you but for the company too. Losing an employee who is a productive and trusted team member is hard to replace and means the start of a tedious, uncertain recruitment process.
Choosing a new recruit correctly is great, but making a bad hire is a sap on precious management time, energy and emotion.
Here are some quick tips to help you increase your chances of hiring someone quickly and efficiently:
Approach Good People Before Vacancies Arise
It is always good to keep an eye and ear out for rising stars within the industry, or people who possess certain skills that could make them a strong team member. It is a good idea to take an interest in their career, their life and try to understand their aspirations. Building a relationship with a network of people will always make filling a vacancy much easier.
List The Character Traits That Are Non-Negotiable
Finding people for a role is easy, but finding people that will be a good fit can be much harder. By making a list of the character traits that are definitely required, it will make you much less likely to make a bad hire. After an interesting bad experience with a dishonest sales person one organisation simply added ‘liars need not apply’ to their next posting and saw the amount of responses drop but the quality of these candidates rose.
Answer Every Answer With A Question
Although someone may come across well in an interview, the chances are they have had time to practice their responses. If you can find a way to answer every answer with a question, you will be able to find out if the candidate’s answers lack substance. Finding out what happened in their previous role is helpful but by drilling down into the details is much better.
Involve The Team
Some roles are often best recruited not through interview but through an audition instead. By inviting the candidate to work amongst the team for a day, you can ask the team at the end of the day to comment and vote on the candidate’s suitability of that person for the role.
As a leader in the workplace it’s easy to become overwhelmed with a full inbox and busy meeting schedule. Here are some daily habits that every leader should adopt in order to be more productive and bring them success.
- Work without distractions – Most great novelists create their best work when they are in their sacred place with no distractions. Very few claim they were able to create a masterpiece whilst in an open-space office.
- Take a break or two – Dickens was known to take a 3-hour walk every afternoon to let his observations feed his literature. Having breaks can clear your mind and can save you time later in the day so you can be more productive. Continue reading