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The ultimate guide to motivating a team — and why it matters

August 26, 2022 - 9 min read


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Share your vision and set clear goals

Communicate with your staff

Encourage teamwork

A healthy office environment

Give positive feedback and reward your team

Provide opportunities for development

Give employees the space they need to thrive

In order to achieve great results, you should be constantly thinking about how you can motivate and inspire your team. 

Matt Dodson, manager of Organizational Development, Chevron, shares why motivating and leading people is critical to an organization's success. And it starts with a coaching culture. 


Here are some ways you can steer your employees in the right direction and achieve your goals together.

1. Share your vision and set clear goals

You can only motivate and inspire your team if they know what they are working towards. Make sure your employees are aware of your vision and what your ultimate goals are for the business.

This encourages everyone to work together to achieve better results. As well as this, regularly set clear and measurable goals that are framed by this vision so that you and your teams can track progress and they are able to see their success in a tangible way.

Supporting alignment within and across teams cultivates increased productivity and can help employees to feel valued and motivated.

2. Communicate with your staff

Part of clear goal-setting relies on effective communication with your team. Communication is a two-way street and you should make sure that there is a constant flow of communication between you and your employees.

This way you can not only keep them up-to-date with what needs to be done but you can also listen to their ideas, opinions, and feedback. This will ultimately have a positive impact on your business as they may approach dilemmas in a different way to you.

Check-in regularly with your team and give them the opportunity to come and talk to you. Make sure you are available to contact and be open and approachable in your attitude to communication. This will make your staff feel involved in the business and its operations which will further motivate them to achieve better results.

3. Encourage teamwork

The best kind of companies are those where everyone works together cohesively. First, make sure your team alignment is on point. 

Encouraging and promoting teamwork boosts productivity because it makes employees feel less isolated and helps them to feel more engaged with their tasks. You can do this by regularly holding team-building activities and opportunities for your team members to bond and get to know one another.

Think about this when hiring new staff by considering how they will add to the team and the company culture. Even if someone is experienced in a role, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work well with the rest of your employees.

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4. A healthy office environment

Our environment has a significant impact on our productivity, contentment, and creativity. Healthy and happy employees are more likely to feel motivated and engaged.

Create a space that is enjoyable to work in and an office where your employees want to spend their time. Be conscious of privacy, noise, air quality, natural light, areas to relax, and the ambiance. Encourage healthy attitudes by offering healthy snacks and access to exercise, whether this is in the form of a gym membership or participating in team exercise classes.

By promoting healthy habits you can help your staff to maintain their energy levels and reduce their stress. Office perks such as these will also make your team feel appreciated and further encourage them to do their best work.

And don't forget about your remote employees. They need just as much attention and support from your side to create a healthy work environment for them, too (even if their office is at home).

Keep in mind that employees that work from home (regardless if it's just a few days per week or on a constant basis) will have different struggles than the employees you see daily at the office.

Make sure to run regular employee engagement surveys for remote employees to find out what they are struggling with so you can support them better and help them create a positive and productive work environment, regardless of where they're located.


5. Give positive feedback and reward your team

The power of positive feedback is sometimes overlooked but recognizing and applauding achievement inspires team members as they can see themselves progressing towards the goals of the company.

When employees achieve results, put in extra effort, or do outstanding work make sure to tell them that you’re grateful and be specific in your praise.

For example, don’t just say "good job." Explain why it was a good job and how it helped to benefit the business. This will not only motivate your employee but help them succeed with future work.

Reward your team for hard work, whether this is in the form of monetary rewards, gifts, perks, or more responsibility and independence.

6. Provide opportunities for development

Team members feel more valuable when they are learning and upskilling. To motivate and inspire your team to achieve great results you should provide your employees with opportunities for growth and development.

These opportunities should be tailored specifically to suit the individual employee and can be in the form of further training, setting challenging targets, inviting an employee to shadow you, or spending your own time teaching and mentoring somebody.

Focus on teaching your team transferable skills they could use in different positions and encourage them to set themselves learning goals.

7. Give employees the space they need to thrive

A micromanaging boss can quickly stifle creativity. By giving your employees space and autonomy, you clearly show that you trust them the get the work done in their own way. This can inspire individuals to find more efficient or streamlined ways of completing tasks or to discover gaps in their skillset or the department as they work. 

Giving your employees space goes hand-in-hand with reducing meetings and checking in asynchronously when possible. By clearing the calendar, you can give valuable time back to employees so they can get in their flow zone and do their best work.

Motivation is an essential part of any workplace and you should be constantly striving to make your employees feel motivated and inspired. If you do this, you’re sure to achieve the results that you need. In the end, your workforce can reach operational excellence

If you're struggling with motivating your team and team management, BetterUp can help. With access to personalized coaching, you can tap into your team's full potential. 

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Published August 26, 2022

Madeline Miles

Madeline is a writer, communicator, and storyteller who is passionate about using words to help drive positive change. She holds a bachelor's in English Creative Writing and Communication Studies and lives in Denver, Colorado. In her spare time, she's usually somewhere outside (preferably in the mountains) — and enjoys poetry and fiction.

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