Economic reports show that despite the current recession, employee productivity is up. With some employees feeling overworked and unappreciated, supervisors are working hard to make sure they are motivating staff through this recession, These three simple strategies can help managers keep staff engaged and motivated.
Motivating staff with the strategic planning process
One of the things that can really depress employee morale is the feeling that the organization is not moving forward in the right direction. Very much like the “right track wrong track” surveys that political pundits speak about, employees can also feel whether the organization is on the right track or the wrong track. If motivating staff is a concern for managers, then consider keeping employees engaged in the strategic planning and organizing processes in the company. Most employees will take greater ownership of the organization’s destiny if they feel that their opinions matter and if they are invited to participate in the strategic planning process for the company.
Motivating staff by getting them unstuck about the ways things used to be
One of the things employees look to leadership for, is some amount of reassurance about what the organization’s future might hold. Some employees, however, despite the efforts of well meaning leaders, spend a lot of time looking back and reliving flourishing times past. Motivating staff will have to involve getting them unstuck and moving forward. A clear vision from leadership outlining what the future could look like is one way of motivating staff to take the steps necessary to realize the vision. Managers committed to motivating staff to accept the new realities of current and future work, will realize benefits from engaged workers.
Motivating staff through self-managed team work
It might sound trivial, but it is true – no man is an island. Some employees, who might be experiencing negativity or become disengaged, can change behavior if they work as part of a team. Engaging a team is sometimes easier and more productive than engaging an individual. Project teams that are assembled with specific goals, designated meeting times and milestones, can help drive the motivation of the employees involved. With a downsized workforce, more employees have to be relying on colleagues to complete projects. Motivating staff who work together on self managed teams could have long term productivity benefits for a company.