Business leaders understand that employees are the greatest asset their company has, ensuring attitude and belief to be the greatest foundations to success. Successful leaders focus on what is “right” in their company and in their employees. Using intimidation and uncertainty to spurn productivity yields limited, short term results. That type of coercive motivational approach is totally counterproductive in the long term. A workplace absorbed with a positive mind-set has the greatest potential. The enhanced psychological well-being of its employees greatly enhances their achievement and performance outcomes.
Employees are motivated by many different things but common to all is the desire for recognition and praise. You will naturally seek out and pay attention to the positives in your employees when you make a commitment to express thankfulness in the work environment. You become attuned to their hard work and their many accomplishments.
Positivity, spreads just as quickly as negativity. It is contagious and should begin with leaders, managers and filter throughout the team. Leaders who make a habit of communicating with employee’s to acknowledge their contribution increase that person’s morale enormously. The meetings that begin discussing positive accomplishments will always take on a natural positive feel and create a motivated tone and audience.
Team members who feel acknowledged and appreciated are truly satisfied in their work.
Build upon strengths
Study your employees diligently. Observe and comment on their strengths to positively push them to their fullest potential. When you see a specific strength in someone, you will quickly know their optimum position and role on the team. Use this knowledge to refine and expand them. Assign each member a defined purpose on the team that they accept, understand, embrace and feel good about.
Being acknowledged as valuable in one’s role is a great motivational trigger inspiring hard work and self-confidence.
Counter those negatives
We all tend to dwell on negativity. Negative thoughts are processed by a different part of the brain. Negative thoughts take longer to break down. Managers can easily get stuck focusing on what hasn’t been achieved and what employees are not doing, leading to negative feedback that undermines those who work for you.
As a manager, it is important you build your emotional resilience while in the midst of stress or disappointment by refocusing your perception on what successes have been achieved by your team. Focus your team on their potential to overcome the current disappointment.
Rather than dwell on a negative, counter it by coming up with a solution which produces a positive response.
When taking on a new challenge, encourage your team to brainstorm ideas. When mapping out new territory the smartest thing to do is hear how your employees would avoid encountering problems. This thinking spawns creativity. Ideas start to flow between team members, creating cohesion, excitement and innovative ways to strategise. Brainstorming exercises build feelings of unity and positivity within the team. It creates a feeling of ‘we are in this together’.
With open minds, strategies become increasingly adaptable and success is nearly guaranteed.
Focus on today’s success
It can be demotivating when decision makers focus only on the bigger picture and how far the team is from reaching the company’s biggest target. To keep the team positive, identify and reward achievement of the incremental goals that bring the team closer and closer to the end result. This approach shifts the team mindset to “we’re closer ” rather than “we’re not close enough.” That increases energy, positivity, willingness, commitment and focus.
Breaking things down is an essential way to ensure targets are achieved. Small achievements build momentum and a drive to succeed beyond what’s expected.
Support your employees
Inspire your employees by communicating your confidence in their abilities to do what needs to be done to succeed. Only talk in terms of success, rather than threatening failure. Your team must see you have the deep confidence in them they crave and deserve. When you have doubts about your team communicate in a way that ensures their success. Offer feedback, rather than criticism. It is important to always set your staff up to succeed.
Creating a positive working environment is accomplished through reward, acknowledgement, group and individual recognition, but most importantly through trust. If you tell the team or an individual person their hard work will be rewarded, either with bonuses, lunch, a team dinner (like I awarded my team earlier today) or through some other form of reward, you must follow through. Not keeping a promise will lower individual and team morale.
By creating an environment your employees look forward to walking into on a Monday morning it soon becomes an exciting work place, a space where they see themselves as successful, productive and appreciated for their hard-earned efforts. Happier employees are more productive, efficient and creative. Many people hold the belief that it is the external appearances of an individual’s career such as their job title, a promotion or salary which bring satisfaction, but for happiness to be truly experienced in a person’s career the work environment must first be a positive place. In this way, as you increase the emotional capital of your employees you increase the company’s financial capital and ultimate success.
A happy workplace = A profitable workspace