Keeping teams motivated is one of the toughest things to do. In the old days, this was pretty simple. Just throw
money at the team and that would a prime motivator. Things have changed a lot nowadays and it's not that simple. But a few things that one can do to motivate teams is concentrate on factors other than money. Factors like achievement, respect and recognizing the team. Team building is a thankless and tough job, but it's always important since the success of any organization hinges on the success of its various teams and their ability to co-operate with and support each other. Few things you can do are
1. Set difficult but not impossible goals - if there were no goals, football would be strange right? So set goals for your employees which will inspire them to work hard to achieve them.
2. Acknowledge a job well done - back when we were kids, we loved those gold stars right? So whenever an employee does well always congratulate him, or give a letter of appreciation something on these lines. After all they should know that their contribution is important.
3. Follow the leader - if you aren't inspired, then it's hard to expect your team to be right? Set an example cultivating the kind of attitude and work ethic you expect from your team.
4. Bond with your team - the office is always a formal place. People behave differently in a formal setting rather than an informal one. So take your team out to the movies or dinner when a goal has been achieved or a project completed. Take that time to bond with your employees.
29th October 2010 From India, Delhi