Keeping Your Team Motivated and Engaged

Keeping Your Team Motivated and Engaged

One of the hardest parts of being a leader is keeping your team members motivated and engaged in their work. When employees are able to stay focused, there is less turnover and better performance. When employees feel like they are succeeding and achieving their goals, their motivation will increase as well. If keeping your team members motivated is difficult, consider these three tips to improve performance.

  1. Try different leadership approaches to see what works best for your team – There is not a single best way to motivate and engage your team. Just as people learn differently, they also have different things that motivate them and thus mixing up the leadership strategy can be an effective way to keep the office environment fresh for team members. The following are things to remember when working with your teams to:
    • SMART goal setting: This means making your goals follow certain criteria including being specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
    • As a leader, understand what each of your team members needs individually so you can provide guidance and feedback. This will help your team work better as a whole.
    • Also, there is no “one size fits all” approach to keeping your team motivated and engaged so there is work to be done on your end as well.
  2. Make meaningful connections – One of the greatest things any leader can do is make people feel connected and cared for. Everyone wants to feel supported and backed by their team, and they also want to feel like their opinion matters. Thus, as a leader, it is important to continually look for new ways for everyone to get to know each other. This allows you to build and nurture that relationship as a mentor and leader, which is a key part of building a successful team.
  3. Self-sufficiency and freedom – You would be hard pressed to find many people who enjoy being micromanaged. Telling your employees when to do their job or looking over their shoulders every 30 minutes often becomes a source of tension in the office. Trusting both the hiring process and your employees means you will have no reason to helicopter around them regularly. Also, keep in mind that everyone has a life outside of work and work-life balance is often critical for today’s employees Having the flexibility to work from home, or even having a flex schedule, can really change morale and allow your team to stay motivated.

Finding a way to maintain your team’s motivation is not always an overnight process and can take time to get your strategy just right. Remember that effective team communication as well as understanding strengths and weaknesses can go a long way when promoting engagement and creating successful teams.