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How to motivate your team all year round

You'll need to be motivated yourself, before you can deliver a pep talk, and be driven to achieve and to go to work every day. You'll also have to be passionate about what you're doing, clear on your end goals, and most importantly, dedicated to having fun on the journey! Here are some sure ways to keep yourself and your team pumped.

Get yourself revved

Remember your purpose. Set goals, develop routine, meet deadlines, find balance, network and upskill, and you'll inspire your team, because they watch and learn. 

Value your team

'Teamwork makes the dream work'. Your team backs you, so make sure you've got their backs. When you can, acknowledge and appreciate an individual’s strengths, and celebrate team successes. Value what they add to your business on a daily basis and support them where you can. Create awesome moments that enhance your staff’s lives - surprise and delight where possible. 

Consider flexible working arrangements

With traffic in the big cities adding hours to the weekday, find ways to offer your employees a work-life balance. Balance is key to having a productive workforce, so introduce flexible working arrangements. Allow team members to work from home a couple of days a week, knock off early on a Friday, or start at 10 and finish at 6 to avoid rush-hour. Speak to your staff about what works for them and ensure they can meet deliverables through an arrangement that both parties agree to.

Introduce structure

A sense of structure and knowing what's coming up helps keep staff on track and the momentum going. Energise your staff by setting KPIs and having some key dates in the calendar. This could be anything from reaching goals to having social events to look forward to.

Keep them learning

If we’re not learning we get bored, right? Learning enhances our lives, and it doesn’t have to be daunting. Find industry relevant courses that you can send your staff to - these can be either online, in the community or overseas (if you've got the budget). Conferences, courses or mentorship recharges them and shows them that they are valued as employees. It gives them new capabilities that they'll eventually bring into your team.

Be realistic when times are tough

Things may not always be smooth-running - even highly successful entrepreneurs and the most robust companies experience good and bad times. External pressures and change can affect business significantly. So, stay alert, be prepared and ride the tide.