When you lead a team, you sometimes struggle to find ways to motivate them. This comes not necessarily in your crisis moments, but in the day-to-day work life your company has. One way to overcome this is to create a positive environment every day in your company. The more you do to encourage your team, the more motivation they have in the workplace.
Nothing makes people feel valued more than knowing their employer cares. This isn't just listening when they are visibly struggling. Employees should know that you care enough to listen to them, talk about their daily lives, good and bad. Even more, they need to know that if they have ideas, you will hear them out. You may disagree, but even then, you can listen and give positive feedback.
Take time every day for conversations with your team members--not as a five-minute meeting slot you schedule into your day, but as a genuine interaction. Listen, respond, and encourage them in the small moments as much as in the big ones.
Get People Moving
Modern workplaces rely heavily on time in front of computer screens. This gives positive results in many ways; technology makes us more efficient and lets us communicate across the globe from a seat in front of a screen. On the other hand, it also creates the ability for your employees to curl into a seat that isolates them in the workplace.
Schedule face to face meetings for your team and force them to get up and see each other. The movement gets people's blood flowing freely, and the in-person communication reminds everyone of the value they have as humans, rather than as facilitators of online communication. The physical and mental health benefits help everyone.
Lead as Part of the Team
Finally, being in charge makes it easy to hide in your office. You manage aspects of your workplace that many team members don't see or understand. There is no good reason for this. The more you step out and lead visibly, the more connected you can make your team to the overall goals of the business. You don't have to share everything, but the more you make your team members feel like you are all working toward common goals, the more motivated and encouraged they will be in their own work.
Encouragement should never be about a random pat on the back. If you want your team members to feel like you value them, go out of your way to treat them not as cogs in your profit machine, but as people. Every day, make each employee feel like he or she matters. Your workplace will feel better, people will stay with you longer, and the work will improve.