Employees are the lifeblood of any company, and you want them to be able to work together as a cohesive team. Teamwork can greatly enhance your employees’ efficiency, creativity, and even their mental health.
- Start with Your Purpose
Your business should already be driven by your purpose, but you should also be taking it into account while hiring. Be clear about why your business exists, and make sure that every hire is on board with that vision.
- Get Your Existing Employees Involved
Your employees aren’t robots – they’re people, and that means that they have ideas and opinions about how the company runs. These ideas have endless potential, and giving people opportunities to share them and affect change in the organization can ensure that your people are the driving force behind your business.
- Autonomy and Accountability
Motivation is a tricky thing, but it’s typically driven by three factors: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy is the ability to decide how to respond to challenges that you face. Giving your employees autonomy gives them more ownership over the business’s operations, and that can give them a sense of pride in their work that will motivate them far beyond any pep talk.
- Recognize Progress
Progress is one of the most effective motivators out there, but if it isn’t recognized, what good is it? Stay away from lofty mission statements and recognize when your employees are making progress and doing good work for the company. The key to this type of motivation is frequency – you can’t just wait for the year-end review to tell your employees how well they’re doing. Even if it’s as small as a simple “thank you,” it can go a long way to motivating your team.
Again, your employees are people. Allowing that to get lost in the hustle of everyday business is a missed opportunity – a connected team is a team that can communicate and collaborate more effectively.