You arrive at the office and every person in your team looks like they are having a blue Monday when it is actually a sunny Wednesday. Everything appears to be moving in slow-motion and you are trying to find the fast forward button so that everyone gets their work done in time. But how can you motivate your team to increase their productivity in a quick and easy way? Let’s face it, you can't simply snap your fingers and wake your team up, so you'll need to do something more realistic.
Here are some tips! Simply regroup, realign, refocus, re-motivate, review, and reward. Instead of looking for the fast forward button, press pause. Call everyone to a casual meeting area to regroup. Employees who regroup in the mornings are given a chance to see someone smile, hear about someone’s experiences and have an emotionally intellectual start to their day. In a very informal and quick manner recap what you did yesterday, find out if there are any problems you need to address or resolve for today. Starting the day off in a relaxed environment, may help your employees feel more comfortable and reduce stress.
Once you're refreshed and back in the swing of things, refocus your team so that they know which goals to achieve for the day. Teams with well-defined goals and a clear strategy get things done because everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal.
Re-motivate them so that they understand why they are doing what they do. Most employees work because they have to. The least you can do is to boost their motivation levels. Give them something to work for. Find your team’s motivation driver and use this to both yours, and their advantage.
At the end of the day review their performance and productivity through a quick discussion and input from everyone.
Reward their efforts. An example is having a ‘mug of the day’. If you run a sales team, why not give the person with the most sales during the day, a special mug to drink out for that specific day? Or ‘ring the bell’? Whenever a sale is made, the person who made the sale rings the bell to announce the victory.
This will give your team purpose and drive. It will inspire them and help them focus on work rather than on their reasons for being in a slump. Maybe they will start to enjoy coming to work. Employees who love their job are more likely to be productive, benefitting both themselves and your business.
The Mindspa Institute offers courses on team building and facilitates many different and exciting workshops specifically designed for sales teams. Head over to our website www.themindspa.co.za to review all the options and feel free to email at [email protected] or phone us on 010 110 0226 for any enquiries.