As a manager, life is much easier when you have a team that is motivated. You achieve your goals, there is a positive feel to the team and the work is more satisfying. The difficulty often rests in how to motivate people? What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. Managers need to understand what motivates people and how to keep them engaged, and most importantly how to flex their management style.
Anyone that has experienced a demotivated team will recognise the strain it puts on you as a manager. Achieving the goal is harder, gaining commitment is exhausting, everything takes more time. The common barrier for teams that lack motivation is the willingness to have difficult conversations. A seemingly simple solution, but for many it is very difficult to do.
If you have a motivated team, congratulations! Notice what it is that is motivating them and keep on doing it. Remember that a team can quickly lose motivation so make sure you remain attentive to them and be quick to notice if their enthusiasm is slipping. You may already be doing some of the things below, but here are some tips to help engage the team further.