Team managers need to think of ways to motivate their team members and this does not have to be linked to achieving work objectives always. While established, award structures do have a positive effect in motivating employees, often people need to feel special and that their contribution matters in an organization. This is especially true of large organizations or large departments where employees might feel lost and small in the large workflow schemes that are designed.
Bring more people focused
End of the day people makes a difference in an organization, whether it is achieving higher profitability, coming up with innovative work schemes or ideas or making an impact in the marketplace. As employees are the core layer that can make an organization successful, it is important that people are made to feel important. Team managers need to be made sensitized towards taking such an approach when dealing with team members. Apart from pushing people to achieve or go beyond work objectives, making them feel important and that their contribution is important can go a long way to develop brand loyalty or a feeling of belonging among employees. The right kind of employee recognition programs would help to achieve such an objective.
Valuing inputs from team members
Often the flow of communication or assigning of work in a team or department is seen as a one direction flow. However, it needs to be a two way communication process whereby feedback from team members or those working for a department or across functions is taken or encouraged. This is necessary especially from the point of view of employees and making the workplace a more collaborative space. When employees feel that their feedback is important and it makes a difference, it affects them in a positive way. It also leads to more people thinking up solutions to overcome obstacles that can make a workplace more productive and profitable. Often, when solutions offer a positive outcome, corporate recognition programs can help to recognize such employees at a corporate level.Those who are looking to improve workplace productivity, reduce employee turnover and other issues that often concern modern day managers, they need to re-evaluate their approach towards their workplace employees. Focusing more on making them feel valued and ensuring that they are empowered to give their best is what can make a difference in workplace synergies. This will also bring about a positive change in team performance and employee loyalty towards an organization. Different programs and solutions can be devised to carry out such an approach.