Motivating and improving individual and team performances
Now that the festive cheer is out of the way, it’s time to make our New Year’s resolutions a reality. Some of you may remember on the 21st August I wrote a small article asking you Have you thought about your assets recently? – just to clarify… I was talking about staff.
If you have the correct ethos and respect within the team productivity will increase. This is primarily because people like to enjoy their work and be recognised for what they do.
- Create the correct working environment
Research shows that the environment in which employees work is an important factor in their well-being; so much so, it can be more significant than With this in mind, it is important to create a pleasant working environment that is clean and stimulates productivity. An article in 2016 by Total Jobs highlighted that productivity can increase by as much as 79% by introducing music.
If you are a small business and looking for affordable workspace or serviced offices in East London why not contact the BEC in Barking, or if you are looking for somewhere in Havering there is the newly refurbished Worker Bee office space.
- Share the vision & goals of your organisation to each member of your team.
Make your team aware of the desired goals of the business. This may mean digging out your business plan or better still creating a workable 90 Day plan. It is important to not only share the vision but to inspire your staff to help you achieve it. If you haven’t implemented measurable achievable and sustainable goals with specific outcomes then the businesses full potential may not be reached.
- Develop a positive vibe
We have already mentioned that employees prefer to go to work, and are more productive in surroundings which they like. The University of Warwick wrote an article highlighting the level of productivity being linked to the“ happiest factor” that an employee experiences at work. Get people to take a break- there is nothing wrong in going out and grabbing a bit of fresh air. If there are deadlines to be met that is one thing but lead by example by encouraging a good work-life balance.
- Create and maintain good team ethos
There is a good chance that you spend more time with work colleagues than your immediate family. It is therefore important to have clear values and create harmony by offering mutual support and trust. It may be difficult to image some work colleagues enjoying the hobbies that they do. Consider team building events of people getting to know each other outside of the work environment.
- Nurture by encouraging staff input
If your staff are not motivated they tend to either leave or become complacent. As a result, the productivity of an employee can be impacted upon. According to Weekdone.com, 39% of employees don’t feel that their input is appreciated. It is therefore important to encourage feedback and suggestions on how to do things better. At the same time it is important to listen to their answers, and, whenever possible, implement their solutions. At ELBP Clive Jelf is our “Director of Fun” who coordinates monthly team activities.
- Invest in your team by encouraging personal development
The members of your team will be more valuable to your organisation when they have opportunities to learn new skills. Encourage them to capitalise on their strengths whilst addressing areas of weakness ( wherever relevant and possible). Inspire them to embrace new technological advances that could be beneficial to them and your business. Many organisations encourage their staff to find and attend workshops which will bring new skill sets into the business ( as long as they are relevant of course). Check out the Building Legacies Workshops which may help your staff develop new skills.
Remember: Staff are one of the most valuable assets in your business. There is often a wealth of energy, knowledge, and skills within organisations that aren’t tapped into. It is your responsibility to nurture, motivate and encourage them so that your business reaches the successes that it deserves. It’s all about:
Supporting new ideas
Empowering each individual within the team
Simon Lewin is a Business Growth Manager (BGM) for the Building Legacies programme and specialises in – Strategies for Winning Business, Face-to-Face Sales and Pitching and Presenting.
Simon provides the following areas of support to his Building Legacies clients: Building business relationships, Sales Retention/ Growth, and Implementing measurable achievable and sustainable processes.