Is your team just going through the motions? Are they unlikely to be interested in working back or taking on extra projects? Are they just doing their job because it’s been asked, and no more?
If you answered yes to those questions, then your team is probably bored and lacking enthusiasm. In addition, they probably won’t be doing their best work either. You need to reinvigorate your team and get them excited about their job again.
Our 10 point list will help you lead them back to the level of excitement they had on their first day.
10 Steps to Reinvigorate Your Team
- Understand what motivates each individual team member by meeting informally. Ask them what they like about their job and whether that have any suggestions to help make it more interesting.
- Instead of staying in your office, join your team for lunch and morning tea to discover the team dynamics for yourself.
- Privately address specific cases of poor performance, or negative behaviour, to minimise the impact on the rest of the team.
- Create some team spirit with a social event, like a BBQ lunch, or a morning tea, or an after work activity, that everyone can participate in.
- Conduct a team-building exercise at work – something requiring cooperation to succeed, as well as foster pride on completion.
- Try a temporary rotation of staff to another position to give them a new challenge, as well as an appreciation of the difficulties of other roles. Try to include yourself into this rotation.
- Conduct a team workshop and ask for input from staff on how to improve the workflow or efficiency of the team. Encourage bright ideas and reward the best one each month to keep them motivated.
- Identify some performance/output measures for the team, and set an achievable target for the month. Each month, graph how the team meets their targets, and celebrate successes of exceeded targets. If monthly achievements are low, discuss ideas on how best to work together to meet the targets.
- Publically provide positive feedback to the team and individuals for work well done.
- Inform staff about changes that have a direct impact on their role before any changes are implemented so they aren’t caught off guard.
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