If you have a motivated team then it’s likely that you’ll see improvements within your business’s productivity and output, service and overall morale. It makes great business sense to invest in energising those who work with and around you.  Regardless of the type of business that you run or the size of your team, your staff need a leader who inspires and enthuses.

So, how can you ensure that your employees feel encouraged by and supportive of the team that they’re playing for?

Highlight the Value of their Day To Day Tasks

It’s important that you remind your employees why their work and their input is so vital to the business.  By communicating your appreciation that the work they’re doing is worthwhile, you reinforce the value of their time and effort. This not only ensures that your staff feel recognised as important members of the team, but additionally can motivate them to take on the less-exciting tasks with enthusiasm.

Two Little Words

Liz Jazwiec, a world-renowned expert on leadership, says that sadly, ‘too many people leave work every day thinking, my boss doesn’t appreciate me’. Expressing gratitude is so important to business success and momentum but many business owners or managers are so busy that they may expect too much from their staff for little gratitude in return.

Take the time to say thank you to your team members who excel and reward them with a prize, an afternoon off or a drink after work on a Friday.

Set expectations with your employees from the outset to avoid employee burn out; if a deadline is looming and you need them to burn a little of the midnight oil, then let them know in advance, express your gratitude, and work out a mutually beneficial way that you can reward them for their over-and-above dedication.

Lead by Example

Actions really do speak louder than words, so show your team that you muck in and get your hands dirty when it’s needed, that you’re in at the crack of dawn when it’s necessary and that you’re upholding the best customer service imaginable especially at stressed times; doing otherwise only puzzles staff and slows impetus.

Encourage a Shared Vision

One of the best ways to inspire and motivate a workforce, regardless of size, is to show and tell them about the direction that the company is headed.

In order to inspire your workforce to buy in to your vision for where the business is going, they need to understand, believe and engage with it themselves.

As a business owner or manager of workers, it’s your responsibility to show people:

? Where you think the company is heading and how it is getting there
? Why this is the best way of getting there
? What their individual achievements mean for the greater goal and what the greater goal will or could eventually mean for them.

As the leader of a small team, you have a great opportunity to get to know exactly why each employee is working for you and what motivates them. It’s up to you to use this knowledge to ensure that you’re pressing the right buttons and positively influencing productivity and motivation.

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