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How To Not Motivate and Empower You Staff

How To Not Motivate and Empower You Staff

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by September 26, 2018 Productivity, Startup

Any business (regardless of the industry) is likely to suffer motivational problems every once in a while. There are only so many times you can do something before it becomes routine and productivity will suffer because of it.

Taking preventive measures is one of the best ways to tackle this problem and adopting an innovative framework like the one on offer from is one of the best ways to help keep your staff empowered and motivated but that’s not all you can do.

One of biggest issues when it comes to motivating/ empowering your staff It’s easy for you to accidentally cause your staff to feel less productive, motivated and empowered by accident. But the good news is you can easily repair the damage you’ve accidentally caused.

So, to help you avoid any pitfalls let’s look at common mistakes business owners can make that can cause problems with their staff’s productivity, motivation, and empowerment.

Avoid These Mistakes

If you hold a management or leadership position you will have a responsibility to help ensure you keep your team motivated and productive. This is harder than you might think which is why it often requires a lot of training but even the most experienced leader/ manager isn’t immune to making the odd misstep.

So, let’s look at how you can avoid accidentally causing your team more harm than good. Many people overthink productivity and motivation and while they might think they are making things better they could easily be doing the exact opposite and end up making things worse.

Team Building Exercises

Few things will bring out a cold sweat and groans of annoyance like the term above! OK to be fair some people do actually enjoy team building exercises and events but the majority of people don’t. At least not at first, many people when they’re told they will be attending a team building event won’t be happy.

They might end up enjoying it once they’ve actually arrived and taken part but many people would rather just stick to their normal routine rather than take part in team building exercises. But does that mean you should just avoid them all together?

No, it’s not quite that simple I’ am afraid as teambuilding exercises can do a lot of good but you need to make sure the exercise will actually benefit your team. Horror stories of team building exercises are widespread on the internet and they almost always negatively affect staff morale, productivity, and motivation.

So, if you’re setting up a team building exercises make sure your team knows what is going to happen and explain how it will benefit them. Productivity might suffer a little no matter what you do (some people just really dislike team-building exercises) but if you plan your event well and outline the benefits to your staff, in the long run, it will likely improve things.

Not Letting Them Be Independent

This is another tricky one because as a leader or manager your job will be all about actually taking charge and inspiring the team you work with. However, that doesn’t mean you have to be a backseat driver or be in charge of absolutely everything.

If your team is too scared to do anything without getting your opinion or approval then morale and productivity will be sure to suffer. But at the same time, you can’t let people just run wild and do what they want either can you?

Instead, take a more balanced approach and let your team know that they have the freedom to make their own decisions on certain matters but if they need extra guidance or support you’ll be available to help them. Of course, some things will need your opinion and approval but not everything will.

Not Making Things Fun

A motivated and productive workplace should be one that is both fun and relaxed. Even the most stressful job can be fun and relaxed (to a point) if you work in an office why not let your team have a casual Friday where they can dress in more casual clothes, or have a radio playing or get special snacks for the break room.

There’s a lot of ways you can make your work environment a more fun and relaxing place to be. Of course, once again you’ll need to get the balance right you don’t want your staff to turn up and not doing anything but you don’t want to be super strict either as that is sure to negatively affect morale and motivation.

Not Getting To Know Them

As a leader or a manager, you’ll have a busy workload and likely have your own office but you shouldn’t be disconnected from your team either. Like I mentioned earlier your team should be free to make decisions on their own but that doesn’t mean you should just stay in your office and let them get on with things.

Try to make time to talk to your team every day and actively get to know them whenever possible. Ask about their hobbies, interests and things like that as this will be sure to improve your team’s morale and productivity. It will also empower them to do the best they can because they will respect you as a leader/ manager.

One good tip is to try and have regular meetings with your team or sit with them at lunches. Building a more personal relationship with your team can work wonders when it comes to ensuring high levels of productivity and it will be sure to make them feel more empowered.

Leading and managing a team (even a small one) can be very difficult because there are many different ways of approaching it. Everyone has their own leadership/ management style but you need to know when to change things for the greater good.

Empowering your team will improve both their morale and productivity so make sure you are the best leader/ manager you can be. Don’t worry if you make the odd mistake now and again (nobody is perfect after all) but also make sure you learn from it as well and our advice and tips are sure to help you.


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