Keep your eyes peeled, otherwise you won’t be able to tell what’s working and what’s not.
Give verbal reinforcement to the things you think require it, and give written reinforcement so that there will be a record of it. Keep in mind that establishing a type of record will help your team honor the steps you’re taking and will highlight what it has cost you to reach a certain goal. This will have a positive effect on the team’s motivation as well as your own.
Give others space
Motivating is not the same as pressuring. Sometimes we confuse these two terms, and that’s why we don’t obtain the results we expected. As the boss of a team, you’re the one who is responsible for dictating the steps that need to be taken. You set the guidelines that must be taken into account and the pace in which you must all work in order to achieve the established objective.
Once all of this is clear, you need to give the people in your team some space.
Allow them to establish their own work pace, meeting deadlines in a way that fits them. Allow them to put in some effort and keep their spirits up. Check in and aid them with whatever they get stuck in, but without putting excessive pressure on them by constantly reminding them what should already be done.
A team works towards a common goal, and each one of its members should be responsible for their own tasks. If you, as a worker, know what you have to do and you have an assignment, you’ll likely feel motivated. However, if in addition to all of that responsibility, the person in charge also suffocates you. If they remind you of the deadlines, harasses you with constant questions about the progress, doesn’t point out the good things and only fixates on the negative… that will demotivate you, as a worker. Take creative measures
Physical and mental exhaustion can be counterproductive in the art of motivating. That’s why it’s necessary that you wring out
your mind and also allow for some rest simultaneously. Because, oftentimes, work becomes a torture. But, by simply managing our mental energy appropriately, we can manage to even make it a fun experience. In order to reach this point, it’s a must to gild creative little pills that will allow us to have fun on the job. Of course, without leaving aside the responsibility it entails.
What can we do about it? A good example is to take a 10-minute break, leave aside everything you’re doing and get a cup of coffee. You’re the boss of the team, and you know the team’s performance won’t lower due to a moment of relaxation. The exact opposite, actually. Letting go and clearing your mind is very positive. It allows us to liberate tension, interact and laugh with each other, which we surely needed.
Another creative measure might be to propose a round of jokes and stories for 5 minutes, or a short
power nap. You don’t even need to go anywhere. At your own desk, at your workplace, you will allow yourself a fun and spontaneous rest in order to recover your strength and feel revitalized. This habit, if put into practice correctly, will also offer a good group environment and will give us information on how each one of the members feels, beyond the aspects of work.
“It doesn’t matter how many times you make a mistake or at what speed you progress. You’re still so much further ahead than the people who don’t even try.”
Happy team, happy boss
Communicate with the team. Show interest in the things that happen to the people who make up your team. Give them
space and break schemes. This is all very important in the art of motivating others. What’s our objective? That you be able to have fun with something that requires a great deal of seriousness and commitment. It seems impossible, but it’s actually not. These little recommendations will help your team, and you in particular, be prepared to tackle your next project with all of your strength.