7 Leadership Tips to Motivate Your Employees

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Motivated employees make all the difference. Your team will never live up to their full potential if they don’t feel motivated to do so. However, it can be tough to take a step back and discover exactly how to motivate your employees.

Why motivate? Disengaged workers cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars per year, and according to Gallup, only 2 in 10 employees say their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work. Not only does motivation lead to better quality work, but it can even save your business money.

Motivation in the workplace is vital. What are you doing to motivate your employees?

These 7 tips can help:

1. Align on your purpose and values. This is the most important thing you can do in your business and the best way to motivate your employees. Know your purpose. Know your “why.” Why does your company exist? Then set defined values for your organization and ensure employees are not only aware of them, but live them out every single day. Values are a great way to keep everyone on the same page with expectations.

2. Communicate. Your employees will never be motivated to achieve the goals of your organization if they don’t feel like those goals are properly communicated to them. Over-communicate your goals and how you expect each individual to contribute. Communicate regularly on progress and any shifts within your business. Read more about communication in leadership here.

3. Set small, attainable goals. Employees will likely feel overwhelmed if they feel like the goals they’re expected to hit are too big for them. Instead of setting large long-term goals for your team, set small, attainable, short-term goals for each individual employee. Going back to the importance of communication, make sure you’re communicating regularly with them to keep them on track. When they achieve their short-term goal, celebrate them in order to encourage this behavior in the future.

4. Set an example. Your employees will never be motivated if they don’t feel that you are. Show your passion for your organization and your work, which will motivate them to discover their own passion. As a leader, you have to be an example of the execution rhythm you want to see from your team. This will demonstrate to your team that the short-term goals are attainable.

5. Empower your team/employees. Show your employees that you trust them and allow them to contribute heavily. Ask for feedback, get suggestions on how they can improve their performance and be utilized more within their role. Don’t stop here. If you truly want to motivate them, take their suggestions and implement them. Show that their input is valued and they’ll feel more motivated to complete any task at hand. In Flawless Execution, this empowerment happens during the Nameless, Rankless Debrief.

6. Offer incentives. At the end of the day, we’re humans. Humans are motivated by incentives, so it’s never a bad idea to add in a few in order to boost motivation even more. Something as simple as offering training or celebrating a win by providing lunch one day will help show that you appreciate and value them, which will, in turn, motivate them to continue to do great work.

7. Bring in outside help. Bring in a speaker (maybe even a group of speakers with military backgrounds!) who can help motivate from the outside. It can be tough to pinpoint internal issues affecting motivation, and often companies need an outside perspective or an outside force to help give them the boost they need. That’s where we come in. Whether it’s a keynote speaker, a team building event or business consulting, our backgrounds in both military and business help us push your team further and motivate them for whatever lies ahead.

If you’d like to talk more about bringing our team in to help, reach out to us here.