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The 3 Secrets of Team Motivation
Are workers telling the truth when they say they are ill?This question was posed on the Money Programme on BBCTelevision in December 2004. British Bosses are reportingthat more and more of their staff appear to be skiving offwith faked illnesses and many firms are taking new steps tocrack down on malingerers. Research by the Confederation ofBritish Industry suggests that workplace absence is on therise for the first time in five years. Last year we were offsick on average for 7.2 days up from 6.8 the previous year.It costs UK businesses £11.75bn a year, the CBI says. TheCBI also estimates that 15% of all illness is due to peopletaking days off when they are not really ill.
Now while I accept that there will always people who taketime off work for no good reason, I believe managers need totake a long hard look at how they manage their people in thefirst place. Perhaps if they made the workplace a far betterplace to be then a lot less people would take a "sickie."
If you want a highly motivated team who don't take time offwork, don't keep looking for other jobs and make a positivecontribution to your business there are three things youneed to do.
#1 Spend some quality time
I didn't say "quantity time" I said "quality time." One ortwo minutes of quality time on a regular basis are far moreproductive than a one hour review every year. You need to get to know your team better and they need toget to know you. It will help you build a relationship withthe individual. You'll gain a much better understanding ofthem and how they're handling the job. It will also give theimpression that you care about the individual and show thatyou're there to help with problems both personal andbusiness.
Spending quality time will encourage opinions and ideas toflow from them and allows you to explain the company'smission. It gives them a feeling of being in on things whichis a big motivator. It will also help you build an "earlywarning system" of any problems both business and personal.Finally, it builds team spirit and morale.
#2 Give feedback and coach
You need to regularly tell each member of your team whenthey're doing well and when not so well. I read some recentresearch that suggested 65% of employees in the US receivedno recognition at work in the past year. My experience tellsme that it's much the same throughout the world and muchworse in some countries.
Some managers still believe - "why should I praise peoplewhen they're only doing what they're paid to do."It's also important to tell people when they're notperforming. There are too many managers who either ignorepoor behaviour or come down on the person like a ton ofbricks. There are particular ways to give feedback and coachand they're described in detail in the book - How to getMore Sales by Motivating Your Team.
#3 Be a believer
We're now getting into the area of "Empowerment" which wasfirst introduced in the 1080's and became a bit of amanagement buzzword. However, I believe that it's one of themost promising but least understood concepts in managementtoday.
I'm a fairly down to earth practical sort of person(probably comes from my engineering background). I'm not biginto management theories unless I can see the benefits forme - I see a great deal of benefit for managers and teamleaders in Empowerment.
Empowerment is about utilising the knowledge, skill,experience and motivational power that's already within yourpeople. The majority of people in teams and organisationsthroughout the world are severely underutilised. Your teamhave probably more to offer in terms of skill, knowledge andexperience and if you utilize that, you will achieve yourbusiness goals and you'll motivate them.
Alan Fairweather is the author of four ebooks in the "Howto get More Sales" series. Lots of practical actions youcan take to build your business and motivate your team.-http://www.howtogetmoresales.com
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Team Building requires one great dynamic for true Success - Mateship
A Successful Team is built around mateship, around respect for your team mates and for yourself. I am not saying that everyone will get on like best buddies, what I noticed is that in all our 'differences' everyone was accepted as they were, got on within the boundaries of the club and got the job done.
So much has been written on this subject; Team Work, it's almost hard to add any thing at this point. T E A M; TOGETHER EVERYONE ACCOMPLISHES MORE.
The Top 7 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Employees
As I work with clients to strengthen their teams and to make their businesses more profitable, I often encounter some serious misunderstandings of human nature. These misunderstandings usually lead business leaders in the wrong direction when they attempt to inspire their employees to perform at a higher level.
Downsizing Your Team
Team Building Question:Our office has recently learned that about 20 percent of our staff will be losing their jobs in the next couple of months due to a relocation set down from our corporate office. Some open positions in my area are being posted for those losing their jobs.
Communication between franchisees in a franchise system
If you own a franchise you would be wise to stay in constant communication with your fellow and local franchisee counterparts. You should call up once a week and simply say; Hi.
Manage Expectations to Reduce Everyday Frustrations
Just today my partner Russ and I sat down to hash out a nagging frustration. It took a little bantering back and forth [not without some rise in emotional tension I'll have you know] until we got at the heart of the issue.
Leadership, Genuine, Meaningful and Productive
One of the best lessons I have learned is the impact and importance of leadership. It is so easy to identify dysfunctional leadership in a company (or of a governmental entity!).
Do You Want to Get Others to Improve Their Performance? Then Expect the Best
Recently I decided to stretch my athletic abilities and add a running program to my regular exercise routine. Although I had tried to run in the past, my level of success was pretty pathetic.
Top 7 Ways to Motivate Your Team
1. Involve them.
Leadership Quality Through Kindness
In days past, loyalty was a given. The worker in past generations frequently remained with a company for his or her lifetime.
Working with Difficult People: 3 Questions to Help You Turn Your Tormentors into Teachers
The Dance of ConflictWhen faced with the prospect of meeting with a confrontational employee, the project manager of a New Hampshire insurance company heaved a sigh. Not again, he thought to himself.
Boost Your Success With An R&D Team
One of the best ways to ensure that your planning is successful is to create your own R&D (research and development) group. All truly successful businesses have departments or teams specifically dedicated to finding and developing new and better ways to do whatever it is the company does, so why not you? At it's most basic, and R&D group can be a small group of friends that you bribe into helping you with problems by offerings of pizza and beer.
Building a Successful Team
Once you've set a goal for yourself as a leader - whether it is to create your own enterprise, energize your organization, build a church, or excel in sports - the challenge is to find good people to help you accomplish that goal. Gathering a successful team of people is not only helpful, it's necessary.
Top Ten Creative Excursions for Building Effective Teams
The ability to build effective teams is a must for any organization who wants to succeed in the millennium. This article offers ten examples of highly creative excursions which can provide insight into developing the leadership qualities essential for success in challenging times.
Business Innovation - Group Creativity
Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined as idea selection, development and commercialisation.There are other useful definitions in this field, for example, creativity can be defined as consisting of a number of ideas, a number of diverse ideas and a number of novel ideas.
How Does Personal Development Help in Business?
Teams run most businesses and teams work best if each member is aligned with the whole group and works in a happy friendly way. Team building has been very popular over the last ten years or so, but wouldn't it be so much easier if we naturally lived a life in synchrony with your teammates and your customers.
How the P.R.I.D.E. Team Changed my Call Center
Several years ago I took an assignment as a Manager in an outsourcing Call Center. Shortly after I started it became clear that several areas within the department needed improvement; absenteeism was high (19%), call takers lacked the enthusiasm about the programs to deliver quality customer service and seemed unconnected to the goals and metrics.
What Do Trainers Do When They are Not Training?
In the new corporate environments where everyone wears more than one hat, trainers are often responsible for a myriad of duties beyond just facilitating new training classes. Their job is often that of Maintenance, IT Guru, Subject Matter Expert, Coach, Instructional designer, and Copy Clerk.
Leading To A Preferred Future
Last month's edition of Footprints and Monuments illustrated a parallel between leadership in the face of disaster and the voyage of the Apollo 13. As you will remember, an explosion on board forced the crew to circle the moon without ever landing on their prized target.
Team Member Feedback: A Priceless Communication Tool
Feedback is such an important communication tool. Openness, honesty, candor, trust -- all of these are hallmarks of high performance teams and organizations.
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