Looking for new ways to keep your employees motivated? Don’t trust your team’s motivation to quick fixes that promise to boost morale. Instead, depend on these good old-fashioned management strategies:
- Make sure workloads are reasonable. The current mantra is “do more with less.” Be extra diligent in ensuring that employees’ workloads are realistic. How do you know if employees are feeling overwhelmed? Ask them.
- Limit work hours. Set the example and leave on time. Better yet, take your staff with you. If a few workers linger at their desks, have them pack up and walk out with them so they know you are serious. Too much overtime makes for less productive employees.
- Skip the multi-tasking. When people take on too many projects, everything slows down. Let them focus on a single project. Each time they tackle one project, they’ll gain the motivation to move on to the next one.
- Don’t change priorities. Once goals are set and people know where they are headed, don’t shift their priorities. That undercuts morale in a hurry. If your organization cannot stick to the same priorities for three weeks, you are unlikely to see any real progress.
- Give them space. Nothing kills morale like a micromanager. Provide direction and let people decide how to reach the destination. You will learn something from the creative ways they work.