Employee Motivation - Keeping Your Team Motivated

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When times are difficult, it can be a challenge to keep your team on track and performing at their best -- all the time! After all, we are all human and when the world around us is being negative, it is easy to fall into negative thinking ourselves. Yet, you can't afford to have a team of negative people around you. You need your team to stay motivated, excited, sharp, and on track. Here are some team pitfalls to watch out for and some tips on how to keep your team motivated:

The "good enough" syndrome
The "good enough" syndrome is when your team has experienced some success -- a few wins or they assume they've accomplished as much as can be given the current economic conditions -- and they begin to sit back and coast. What's important, first, is to thoroughly acknowledge your team for its accomplishments. Make sure they really get your communication about the fantastic job they have done so far. Next, communicate with your team and help them refocus on your company's business plan and purpose or mission statement. Ask team members to state what it means to them to fulfill the business plan and to further the company's reason for being. Then ask them to recommit!

The "blame game"
When your team has been missing its goals, sometimes its production or the quality of its work slows down even more because team members are busy blaming factors outside the company for the results they are obtaining. The antidote for this team behavior is a review of what it means to be accountable. At some moment in the past, team members agreed to allow you to hold them accountable. Now is the time to do that. Make sure they understand the impact on the company when the team ignores its accountability. Ask them to recommit to be accountable in the future. Say something that completes the issue and reestablishes the relationship with each member.

"When one member is in breakdown, the whole team breaks down"
When one team member is experiencing personal or other problems, sometimes the remaining team members use those circumstances as an excuse for them to stop functioning, as well. In this case, team members need to be reminded about their power -- their power to produce results, even if one of their fellow team members is not contributing. And, they should also be reminded about their power of choice -- they can choose to give as much effort as they decide to give.

Bottom Line:
Spend some time thinking about your team and how it functions. It isn't wise to assume that your team will function at its best all the time, as if it is on auto-pilot. Be proactive and sensitive to what' happening with your team. Part of being a leader is being a good coach or mentor for your own team. So, check in with your team today.

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Clay Nelson is a business coach, experienced talk show host, author, former "nail belt wearing" contractor, and speaker at numerous trade show and corporate events including: International Builders Show, Remodeling Show, International Pool Spa Patio Expo, International Roofing Expo, and many others.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28