All too often, employees working in a big organization are disconnected from what it is they’re actually doing, and this can lead to feeling unimportant or link a small cog in a big system. Reminding them of the ‘final product’, whatever that may be, can greatly boost motivation. People like to know that what they do has purpose, so reminding them through pictures of finished work or emails from satisfied clients can be a great boost.
Set smaller targets and celebrate when these are achieved. Feeling accomplished can work to encourage employees who are assigned to longer or more complex projects. Consider celebrating smaller milestones by buying treats for everyone working on the project (who doesn’t love doughnuts?) or hosting mini-events where everyone can socialise and talk outside of work.
In frustrating situations or circumstances that are fixed, often people just need a place to vent. Forcing positivity onto your employees may not have as strong an impact as acknowledging that they are in a difficult position and encouraging them to interpret it more constructively. Creating an environment that encourages constructive feedback and open lines of communication will enable employees to feel validated and heard.
Trusting your team-members or employees to take initiative and do things a little differently will help in them feeling some ownership over their project. As much as it is possible, it helps to provide opportunities for problem-solving, as it works not only to get everyone engaged about the issue on hand, but also brings the team together to collaboratively work with each other. Encouraging and appraising good or constructive ideas will foster a healthier work environment.
This is a tough one, but when team members have to stay back for a couple of hours without due notice, cancelling on personal engagements to do so, they don’t feel valued within the company. As a manager or project leader, a way to bypass this is by trying to be adaptable when it comes to people’s personal schedules, or allotting late days well in advance by foreseeing the need for them. People will appreciate the effort taken to schedule around rather than over their own lives.
Frustration and disagreements are a natural product of working with other people, but it is important to counter these as soon as you see them to maintain a positive work space and a productive team. With the help of these steps, you’ll have everyone humming to the same tune in no time!