While cultivating a work environment that inspires your employees is a year-round task, its importance is even more pronounced during the winter months when people can often get caught up in the “winter blues”.
If you’ve noticed a lack of enthusiasm in your office as of late, the weather and its accompanying minimal sunlight could likely be the cause. As a leader, you’re aware that any lack of motivation in your team can be harmful to your company. There are few feelings more inspiring than observing your team thrive – so how can you achieve this when the seasonal elements seem to be working against you?
There are a variety of ways that you can help dismantle the demotivating effects of the cold to foster a sense of excitement and drive in your office. Here are some of the top ways to motivate your team and encourage employee engagement:
Be the Light
One of the most important things that we all as individuals need to feel is that we are supported on a personal level by our community.
Walk the four corners of your office and offer a positive environment. To easily relate to your team – be personable, kind, funny, and empathetic. Be in the know about what your team is going through so that you can be a sounding board when the time is right. One way to do this is by starting every meeting by going around the room and asking what’s new or happening in their lives – you’ll be surprised at the interesting things your team is up to, which will set the tone for a great discussion.
Promote the Power of Teams
A collaborative environment is one of the vital keys to stimulating a collective motivated mindset in your office. Ways to cultivate this involve making your office space an open atmosphere. At Innovative Vision, our philosophy is that you don’t need to head into a boardroom to work through ideas – a team that works together and off of each other is agile enough to respond to changes in business needs. We operate in “pods” so that there’s always a teammate to assist or discuss an idea. This creates good energy and movement within your space for everyone to thrive.
Approach Mistakes with an Open Mind
As passionate as you are about the success of your business, nobody wants to work for someone who doesn’t listen. The truth is, mistakes happen, and as a leader, it’s your job to take your workers errors in stride and grace them with opportunities to improve for next time – within reason. This starts with listening to the issue and understanding the reasons as to why the errors occurred. By understanding the root of the issues, you can then resolve the problem and allow the team to learn.
A mistake that many CEOs make is feeling that micromanaging is simply a by-product of being dedicated to their business. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, being a micromanager can inspire disdain amongst your employees who may feel that you don’t trust them to do their work at a high calibre.
Instead of constantly checking in with your team members on their progress, try using team-based technologies like Slack, Basecamp or Zoho to keep in positive communication. You can then set up weekly meetings with them to discuss company goals and strategies for seeing them come to fruition. This way, you’ll be confident that everybody is on the same page regarding what is expected of them, and you can pull back and focus on the tasks at your hand.
At the end of the day, our leadership at Innovative Vision is committed to encouraging our team members to reach their career goals and find sustainable satisfaction from the work they do in our office. A happy team is a productive one, and the results that our clients see from the work we do for them are certainly inspired by this fact.
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