The American workforce faces high unemployment, numerous layoffs, sinking profits and an increasingly unstable job market. Company executives are asking management teams to do more with less, and it’s often front-line employees who feel the consequences most.
Let’s face it – it’s a tough time to be a manager.
Keeping your employees happy, productive and inspired isn’t easy. Today’s workforce is multigenerational and motivated by many different things. What might inspire one employee could be ineffective with the next. Finding ways to inspire your workers can be daunting, so we’re giving you 10 great ideas for inspiring your employees.
- Practice positive non-verbal communication – It’s difficult to be inspired by someone who doesn’t look you in the eye or never smiles. Be keenly aware of your own non-verbal communication quirks, and adapt them to be positive and welcoming.
- Host an event – Get your employees out of the office for the day by hosting a seminar or social event. Provide professional development opportunities, fun team-building exercises and an inspirational keynote speaker (like one of our top 10 inspirational speakers!)
- Solicit advice – Employees want to know their voice is heard. Make a habit of soliciting advice and input from your employees – and do your best to implement or take their suggestions into consideration.
- Celebrate small wins – A big sale, profitable quarter, a new client – these are all reasons to celebrate. Bring in donuts or provide lunch to your employees to let them know their hard work matters.
- Be sincere – Sound like a no-brainer? You’d be surprised how many employees are under the impression that management is misleading and untrustworthy. Always treat your employees with honesty, sincerity and respect.
- Get personal – People relate to others best when they understand them. Opening up to your employees with about your education, family, past positions or work experience can help them appreciate you as a person and not just a manager – which, in turn, can help them appreciate your inspirational leadership.
- Share your vision – Step away from corporate goals or vision statements and share your own personal expectations for your team. Let them know where you see your team in the future, and set some reasonably attainable goals that align with your vision.
- Explain their role – An employee who says, “Why am I here?” is not easy to inspire. Make sure each member of your team knows why he or she is a part of your organization. Emphasize your employees’ special skill-sets that make them the right fit for the job in which they’re working. If they know you value their role, they’re more likely to value their contribution to your organization.
- Assign responsibility – Give individual employees ownership of a project or ask them to lead a small group. Many people are inspired by leadership roles, and assigning them responsibility and ownership will help them take pride in their position.
- Time off – Not every organization can give managers the flexibility to hand out “Get Out of Work Free” cards, but if you do have that ability, take advantage of it by giving your employees time off. Offering a “free” half day or allowing them to leave early on a weekend will help them “recharge their batteries” and come back refreshed and inspired.
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