Category : Leadership Tips

Motivating Employees

Tips For Keeping Your Workforce Motivated

There’s much more to being a good boss than many think. Managing a staff workforce – whether it be made up of a few workers in a small team or a large office where everyone reports to you – can be stressful.

Keeping your employees happy is the number one rule for maintaining a motivated workforce, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. So, if you’re new to a management position, or just notice that your staff appear less-than-motivated, read some of my top tips for keeping your staff motivated.

Be approachable

It’s important that your employees know they can talk to you about what’s bothering them.

Simple tricks like ensuring your office door is always open when you’re not in a meeting or saying ‘good morning’ and asking employees how they are can help create a warm and approachable environment.

Listen to their concerns

If your employees do come to you with concerns and feedback, you should always listen to them and take on board their opinions.

If you sense they are unhappy, it’s time to ask yourself what you can do to tackle their demotivation before it affects them and their co-workers.

Show your appreciation

Showing appreciation can be seen in any number of ways, whether it be a team meeting congratulating their efforts, a meal out as a treat, an early finish on a Friday, or even a money bonus; showing your appreciation for your employees’ hard work and achievements will ingrain it into the company culture and ensure others follow suit.

Staff who feel valued are usually happier than those who don’t, and happy employees are around 20% more productive than those who aren’t happy in the workplace.

Maintain an individual culture

We all know that teamwork is pivotal to a business’ success, but your employees should also know that they are valued as an individual.

One of the biggest complaints for employees is that they feel like a ‘cog in the wheel’, and not like an individual that can make a difference to a company, and that is the last thing you want them to feel.

To ensure everyone is considered vital, recognise achievements and acknowledge them.

Be flexible

If your staff need a morning off for a doctor’s appointment, need to leave early to collect a poorly child from school, or work from home because they have a big delivery, don’t make a big deal of it. Be adaptable and the benefits will follow.

Support

Many employees want to know they can count on you for support when it comes to continued professional development, so if you can provide further training to enhance their skills, offer them the options when and where you can.

Do you have any tips for keeping staff motivated? Share them in the comments section below!

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The Swing Between Difficult Decisions Made Through Gut Or Fact

Trevor McClintock, change agent and entrepreneur, discusses getting the balance right between gut and fact when making difficult decisions.

As business leaders, we have to make hard choices on a daily basis.

But should we use our gut feeling to do so or make an informed decision based on all the facts?

Trust your gut

The gut is an amazing piece of the human body’s digestive system has influenced personal and business decision-making for centuries.

And apparently, the gut is still alive and well as a business tool inside today’s corporate environment – with over 40% of business professionals believing decisions are still primarily based on “gut feeling.”

In a normal business day, managers can be faced with numerous complex decisions and can often be overwhelmed by processing all of the variables when tasked with making the right choice.

It’s no wonder then that more often than not, they will rely on their intuition or gut-feeling.

But what exactly is gut feeling?

Research has found that 95% of our decision-making is not affected by conscious rational thinking, but rather motivated largely by our emotions – our gut.

There’s no such thing a purely rational decision – our brains use a combination of logic and emotion when making a decision.

To draw an example of this, we only have to look at golf legend, Gary Player who often recalls this story.

During one practice, he performed a hole in one and an onlooker betted him fifty bucks if he could hole the second shot.

Player of course stepped up to the challenge and the shot went in.

So the onlooker said “OK, $100 if you do it again.”

Sure enough, the third shot went in and the onlooker paid up, saying, “I’ve never seen anyone so lucky in my entire life.”

Player responded, “Well, the more I practice the luckier I get!”

Essentially, we can all improve our intuition or gut feeling with experience, much like Gary Player’s dedication to practice increases the probability of his success.

His gut feeling told him that he’d be able to step up to the challenge (he could literally put money on it) but this is because he knew he had the skill and experience to perform the shot.

To hone our intuition, we need to give our brain more emotional information to work with through life experience to increase the probability of success for any given gut decision.

Basically, the more we experience the more accurate our guts become.

Get all the facts

When faced with a difficult dilemma, we should carefully assess our options and spend time consciously deliberating the information.

Because why play Russian Roulette when we’re surrounded by so much data and analytics?

While a bit of intuition is okay, sound business decisions are of course based on facts, data analysis, trend spotting, or other complex calculations.

Relying solely on gut feeling implies uncertainty and does not guarantee a good outcome.

It’s all about getting the right balance on what we know is good and what we feel is the right answer.

And as we highlighted above, the more experience we have, the more accurate our gut becomes.

Over to you

But what do you think?

How do you make difficult decisions?

Are you more of an analytical thinker who prefers to have all the information laid out for you before making an informed decision, or do you often find yourself going with your gut?

Let me know in the comments below.

And if you need any more advice on anything we’ve discussed above, be sure get in touch with me today.

Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.

 — Trevor McClintock

3 Daily Activities To Make You A Better Leader

Trevor McClintock, change agent and entrepreneur, discusses what you should be doing daily to become a better leader.

Being a leader is not just about guiding a team to success, it is about continually improving yourself to stay ahead of the curve.

Every day you should aim to do something which will help you grow as a person, enabling you to become a pioneer in your sector.

Being a leader means constantly evolving your business to keep up with trends and meet the needs of the marketplace.

1) Manage your time

Throughout the company hierarchy it is essential to manage time effectively in order to balance different priorities and maximise productivity.

Time is money and as such should be monitored and allocated accordingly.

Know the value of your time and the time of members of your team.

Leading a team means you should be future-gazing at all times, scouring the horizon for potential disruptors.

You should have contingency plans in place for when things don’t quite go to plan.

Planning effectively, setting definable time frames and allocating time accordingly enables businesses to increase capacity, make more money and achieve target growth.

Practice what you preach!

Employees will follow by example and take on board good habits if they are demonstrated by the leader of the organisation.

If you can help your team to be efficient throughout then you will be surprised at the scale of the cost savings you can make over time.

2) Care about your team

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

Make it a priority to invest in your people. Without great people your business will not succeed.

It’s important to make your team feel as invested in your business vision as you are.

Collective ambition for the company is what will make the company great.

There are many ways you can invest in your team for the future; how about looking into training courses for future leaders?

How about setting aside a bit of time each week to mentor individual staff?

Personalised plans for progression within the company help staff achieve their ambitions – and setting targets can improve personal productivity which in turn contributes to the company’s overall productivity.

Be transparent in your approach – honesty is appreciated – tell people what they are doing right and what they need to improve on but be constructive in your advice.

Check in with your team often.

Find out how they are feeling and make sure any issues are raised with management in order to promote a happy culture within the team.

It is the way that problems are dealt with which demonstrates the strength of the team.

Do you have procedures in place to enable problems to be dealt with effectively?

3) Seek advice

It’s lonely at the top.

Taking the lead can sometimes seem a daunting task, no matter what level you are at within your organisation – from more junior managers to senior management to directors, a common mistake made by leaders is to avoid accepting advice from anyone, through fear of seeming incompetent or unworthy of their position.

“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”

We never stop learning and you will never know everything there is to know.

Don’t be afraid to ask the opinions of your peers and those who have trodden the path before you.

Cultivate your knowledge and always keep an open mind to doing things differently.

If you follow these tips every day, you are on your way to becoming a better leader and making small yet significant changes in your organisation.

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