Did you know that 70% of employees’ motivation is elicited by their manager? Well, the research from analytic company Gallup shows this. If you are a manager then this has put a lot of pressure on your shoulders.
However, if you have the right knowledge you can spark motivation in your employees, you can make this effect and make the task easy for yourself. In this blog, we have acquired some of the much-needed tips and guidance for the managers to induce a positive attitude and motivation into the employees.
The Pandemic and the Need for Motivation
The pandemic has been hard for everyone. The coronavirus outbreak managed to turn our lives upside down. People were introduced to a new lifestyle with zero preparation. Employees especially, have to endure a lot on such short notice.
The remote working shift that caused connectivity issues, disturbance, and work burden has eventually made employees feel stressed.
While people have started working through common problems, such as replacing slow internet service at home with Hughesnet Internet plans, and created a separate space to work, a lot of them are still not motivated to provide the work performance they are expected to.
To make this happen, it is time for a manager to do the work.
Following are some of the tips that can help in this regard:
Be Open to Talk
Make sure you have a work culture of honesty and trust in your business. If not, then the time has come to work in this manner. If you want your employees to feel motivated you need to make sure they are open to communication.
If your employees are struggling to talk to you or having difficulties in putting through their needs with you then there is a lot of work you need to do. The first thing you can do is lead by example.
You can be vocal about your challenges while working through them and make your employees feel like that is happening with everyone.
Other than this, you can manage to show a great response to the one employee that manages to open up to you so that your behaviors can encourage other employees to do the same.
Remote working has become a disaster for many because it has managed to create a lifestyle that no workers would prefer. Having elongated working hours with remote breaks can take a toll on the employee’s mind.
Therefore, make sure you encourage your employees to take regular breaks so that they do not stress out or get tired. Research has shown that the organization that promotes the health and well-being of employees sees 3.5 times more creative and innovative working process.
As a manager, you should be aware of the working conditions of your team. You need to make sure that you have a more personal conversation that is apart from having online work meetings. Make sure you are not only verbally encouraging your employees for a break but also create certain activities that cause them ease and relaxation.
For instance, creating a non-corporate and friendly meeting session with the employee can play online games with their colleagues and more.
Clarify your Expectations
This is extremely important. With the current working situation, managers need to be clear with the work expected from the employees.
Whatever business you are in, your employees will want to know the kind of task they are being assigned, what are the projects and what are the expectations. If you do not manage to make this clear, you will eventually increase the stress.
Stress can lead to mental ill-health while being transparent can increase trust and motivation in the company.
Create Time for Connections
Informal connections are more important than formal conversation. Fun interaction has psychological micro-lifts.
In times like these, when remote workers are going through stress induced by the pandemic lifestyle and uncertainty, it can be difficult to indulge them in a fun interaction. However, doing a bit of effort can have a lasting effect on your work culture.
Spot the Signs and Work
There is a lot that managers need to do in order to create a better working environment. Spotting the signs and working through them is one of them.