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HOW TO CREATE A MOTIVATING ENVIRONMENT

Tim Millett
Published by Tim Millett
08 October 2013

Being higher up in any organisation brings with it extra responsibilities and the requirement to oversee team members in various ways.

Many people see this as an opportunity to make sure the work gets done in the best way possible, but being an effective leader isn’t just about the responsibility you have to the work or the goal. It’s also about the responsibility you have to the people who work with you in your team, since by creating the best possible environment for them to work in will encourage better results from them and a better sense of teamwork all round.

However motivating others can be much easier said than done – indeed it is almost impossible to motivate someone who is demotivated. There aren’t too many people who enjoy getting up and going to work in the mornings, which means that you need to ensure the experience they have when they get to work is a positive one – one that will help them to achieve better results and be more pro-active in getting things done.

Therefore it’s important to recognize that in order capture your team members’ motivation you have to create a good working relationship with them. In other words you have to create a motivating environment for them to work in. If you walk into a room full of people you have never met before, they won’t automatically respond to your efforts to motivate them, no matter how hard you try. You have to foster a good relationship first, and that relationship should be a two way effort. If people feel that they can go to their team leader and talk to them about a problem or concern with some aspect of their work, then you are likely to achieve far better results with your team than you would if you were to maintain a distance from them.

Setting goals with individual employees and with the team or department as a whole can go a long way towards creating a successful motivating environment as well. Having an end goal in mind helps to focus the mind, so long as it is achievable and stretches people in some way. In line with this, clear communication of expectations can also provide the structure people need to feel secure in the work they are delivering.

Effective feedback is another way to motivate people towards better results in the future, even if they have recently failed to achieve a goal of some kind. In this situation it can be up to you to turn that situation around and turn it into something positive. While it is essential that you maintain your position of authority, you should also ensure you are accessible to your team members, as this can make a huge difference to how any particular project or task turns out.

As such, being approachable and a role model can play a big part in how successfully you can capture your team’s motivation. If you adopt a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach, you are not going to get the best results. You should have just as much interest in your team members as you do in the work itself, since one is very much connected to the other.

By educating yourself on how you can connect with your team members in a more constructive way – and by valuing their own input as much as your own – you will soon notice an improved sense of motivation through your whole team.

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