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.
Feedback and the ability to discuss current working needs is crucial for the development of staff. However, many of us in a managerial position often find ourselves avoiding taking the time to commit to regular check-in sessions with team members despite knowing the benefits it can bring.
Some of the best leaders have one-to-ones with their team members every week or every month at a minimum, whether that be over lunch, whilst taking a walk or even travelling to a meeting. One-on-ones don’t need to be formal, but they should be clear to those involved for increased productivity.
Whether you do meetings once a month, or once a year, taking the time to sit down together and go a bit deeper with a dedicated one on one is worth doing. We’ve highlighted some dos and don’ts to help you make the most of these meetings.
The dos and don’ts of one on one meetings
- Show your interest in the career goals of your employee, beyond their current role.
- Provide a welcoming space for them to raise complaints or discuss problems
- Be receptive to feedback about yourself too.
- Create an action list to follow up on after the meeting.
- Ensure feedback is constructive and balanced
- Postpone them – this can send a negative message to staff and come across as a lack of interest.
- Clock-watch – set aside a rough block of time, but allow as much time as is required for a more in-depth conversation.
- Be too repetitive – try to have one to ones at different times of the week/month/year and change where you are having the meetings.
- Spend the whole meeting talking – while feedback is helpful, you also need to listen.
More often than not, meetings leave us feeling bored or deflated. They are long, boring, and can be so disorganised that it feels like a complete waste of time. In the modern business world, there is no need for lengthy meetings that see little results and have no positive impact on productivity.
Instead, take a look at some of the ways you can change how you do meetings to benefit your team and your business.
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.