I have been running a survey recently on newsletter topics that my readers would find most helpful and motivation is a theme that is continually being highlighted. With so much uncertainty in many industries and sectors right now because of the challenging economic conditions, it is easy to see why keeping people motivated would be a major challenge for managers.
So what would be my top tips for keeping people motivated in these challenging times?
Tip 1: Make time for people
Yes you might have so much to do that you think you cannot sit down with individuals and your team to discuss challenges and what you can collectively do about them. The reality is that a short regular meeting can go a long way to keeping spirits up. It takes little or no time and the payback will be significant.
Tip 2: Listen more
You might have heard the phrase a problem shared is a problem halved. In other words sometimes people just need you to listen to and acknowledge their worries and fears, even if they know that there is no immediate answer or solution.
Tip 3: Say thank you
It never ceases to amaze me that managers forget about the cheapest and sometimes most powerful form of motivation which is to say thank you when people have met the deadline, pulled out the stops and generally done that little bit extra to deliver. Even a two line e-mail can have a positive impact.
At the end of the day keeping people motivated is a key part of your success as a manager right now. Let me have your thoughts and tips on what works when it comes to keeping people motivated.
In summary since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them achieve career success and become better leaders and presenters. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.