Most of us have probably experienced this…Nothing motivates a group as much as having a motivated leader. In the post-COVID climate a lot of business leaders, bosses and managers will have to deal with theirs or their employees’ lack of motivation resulting from bereavement, reduced incomes, COVID-engendered family strife, and all sorts of other factors.
So, the goal of this article is to show business leaders, bosses or managers how to bring everyone up to speed on revamping the economy in general, and growing your business in the wake of the pandemic.
For this to happen you’ll need motivated employees. This is because un-motivated employees aren’t known to deliver good customer service, they aren’t known to be exceptionally productive, they aren’t known to be creative, and they aren’t known to be great at teamwork…
Here are the seven things you have to do to keep motivation high among your workers.
Motivate Yourself So You Can Motivate Your Staff or Workers
This means doing what you have to do to become the best version of you, to get to become as good a leader as you can be. It means actively working to become a better leader through learning, reading, and trying to understand your business and how to approach it.
Your business is more easily to die from having a bad leader/manager than it is from having bad, unmotivated employees!
Example is a powerful motivator, so, if you’re not motivated, you can’t expect your employees to be motivated. If you’re not actively working to grow, to learn and improve, this means you are not setting much of an example for your staff or your workers to follow.
Help Your Employees to See What Benefit They Will Gain
Dale Carnegie said, “In order to motivate others, help them to understand how it serves them, and what they will gain from it.” So, as a boss or manager it is your duty to show your employees what’s in it for them to stay motivated and full of enthusiasm.
What they gain includes greater job satisfaction, they will experience less stress and hassle, and they will enjoy enhanced job success.
Most of us need to feel useful and productive – to make a difference. Very few people can derive any job satisfaction when they feel that the time they spend at work is “wasted.”
Additionally, when an employee works with gusto and delivers the results they’re expected to deliver, this employee will save himself or herself a lot of stress and hassle at their place of work, because they’re are far less likely to get into protracted, unpleasant, and upsetting interactions with their boss/employer. They become less of a target for the management’s wrath.
Similarly, by keeping their motivation high and staying highly productive and creative, this helps to foster very favorable perceptions in those who may be able to help their career in some way, including their supervisors, managers, and even potential employers.
But that’s not all. A business’ employees may want to enjoy the satisfaction of feeling that they’re contributing to the success of their employer (or the business). Or they may like the feeling of having other employees look up to them as good models.
Or they may even benefit directly if they work on a commission basis, for example some sales professionals.
Get To Know Your Employees
Learn what makes your workers or employees tick. Learn what makes them think the way they do. Talk to them. Get to know their names.
One of the things that comes of this is that you will learn more about your business as you learn to see the world and the business through their eyes. You will also learn different, possibly better ways to do the things you have to do in your business.
By “tuning in” to your employees you can more easily forge cohesion so that you all work better as a team. So, if you want dedication, you will get it through paying attention to those who work for you.
One of the things you can do is to go the extra mile by showing interest in your workers’ families, and insinuating yourself in their lives.
This achieves two purposes: it is a good way of keeping the paths of communication open, and it shows you care for them as people.
The average person will trust someone who takes the time to ask after them and really listen to what they have to say.
There’s a famous business owner who made it a point to seek out his employees on their birthdays. He would do a round of his three-floor business building every morning when he got to work.
Then he would check his workers' lists of names at the end of each day and make note of the names of birthdays coming up the following day.
The first thing he did the next morning was to go to each "birthday kid" as he called them, and congratulate them personally. This guy had 350 employees in the business!
He even found time to visit his workers at their homes any time one of them suffered the loss of a loved one, or when they were absent from work for more than 3 days with an illness.
Find the time to be personal with your workers. The rewards are huge. This business owner above enjoyed excellent references, he enjoyed great respect, and his profits remained mouth-watering year after year!
Help Your Employees to Understand Your Point Of View
To motivate your employees it helps if you can teach them about the financial challenges that face your business. And to help them to understand how they can make a difference. Co-opt your team so that you solve the challenges facing the business together as a team.
Set a Path Your Workers or Employees Can Follow
If you have a vision for the business, help your employees see the vision. As the leader, boss or manager you need to have a lot of enthusiasm about this vision so that you can communicate it in a way that kindles a fire in your employees’ imaginations. Enthusiasm can be very contagious!
Ask Great Things of Your Employees
You’re much more likely to get extraordinary results from your staff, workers, or employees if you ask them to excel themselves. Especially when you have led by example. It is not enough to expect them to be led by their morals, or their better judgment, or a sense of responsibility to do the great things you expect of them. Ask them!
Remain Positive and Inspire Your Employees to Do So As Well
You can’t guarantee that you or your employees will be able to stay positive from one day to the next because maintaining a positive attitude day in, day out isn’t easy for most people.
So, as the leader you have to keep in circulation enough reserves of positivity so that you can replenish it when spirits sag among some members of your team.
How do you stay positive through thick and thin?
Here are three methods that have an excellent chance of turning your mood and your outlook around – and shunt you back onto the positive track.
Take a break. Go outside and concentrate on the world around you. Experts recommend things like looking at the sky, listening to the birds, smelling the air and breathing deeply to enable you to somehow commune with nature.
So, take time off to feel the wind on your face, to listen to the crickets, to play with your children. One of the most worrisome observations from Dale Carnegie’s book, “How To Stop Worrying And Start Living” says:
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Have the wisdom to savor the simple things. The wonderful memories that they bring will add more value to your life than any of the material toys we spend so much life energy pursuing.”
So, you want to learn to think deeper than yourself, and to see what life has to offer. When you force yourself to see the people and things that surround you, this will force your mind back to the things that perk you up. This can effectively keep your hopes, dreams and aspirations high.
The second way to keep yourself positive is to force yourself to do something totally different. For example, you could try sitting differently, or moving differently.
Tony Robbins refers to this type of activity as "switching state." Create a list of such items that can help you "switch state" any time you want to.
So, try taking your head out of your hands, or stop moping around and start moving around. Sing where before you felt like cursing your fortunes or your circumstances.
When you can switch yourself out of your current environment, you can often switch your mood to a totally different point of view.
The third way how to snap out of despondency and hopelessness is to exercise some mind control. Keeping your positive attitude is sometimes just a matter of deciding that you're going to stay positive, no matter what the day brings your way.
It helps if you can keep your goals, desires, and your destination top of mind.
When you can do this you will find that it becomes easier to get back on the positive track whenever your positivity falters.
A motivated workforce is critical for the success of any business. As the boss or manager or business owner it is your responsibility to motivate your employees, because when you can do this you’ll have on your hands a more creative team, a more productive team, and much better teamwork.
Such a team will make it smooth sailing with regard to achieving your vision for growth because, sharing your vision as they are your employees will be more loyal to you and to the company – and they will stay fully enthusiastic and goal-oriented.
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