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Many leaders want their team to be motivated, committed and productive, but an employee won’t be any of these if they are unhappy in the workplace. See the attached infographic for more information about employee engagement and satisfaction.

Having a successful and happy team is important to leaders like John Hiscocks, architect, because without a good team a business won’t thrive. Therefore, a leader needs to find ways to boost employee motivation and six ways to do this will be explored in this article.

  1. Communication

Communication is important in all types of relationships, including the ones in the workplace. It helps leaders to build a more productive team and stronger relationships. A leader who can clearly communicate with their team will be trusted more, which will result in a boost to morale and productivity. However, without good communication, team members will feel unmotivated and have less confidence in themselves and in the company. See the attached PDF for communication tips for leaders.

  1. Transfer Optimism

Optimism is a great weapon against pessimism, even more so when it is transferred to employees; it will encourage employees to act and think in a way that produces better results. Therefore, a leader should aim to do more than simply manage people; they need to encourage each member of their team to believe that they can achieve. An optimistic team will have an advantage over competitors, so at every opportunity, a leader should share their optimism.

  1. Share the Vision

Optimism in a team is good, but a team needs a reason to be optimistic. Therefore, leaders should tell their team about their company vision and how it will build a better future. Managers also need to let their staff know what they can do to help this vision come true. However, how this vision is shared will vary depending on whom the vision is shared with.

  1. Build a Relationship

Motivating employees become easier if there is an existing relationship, because people are more likely to follow and trust someone they know over someone they don’t. Watch the embedded video to find out why motivation is important. To build a better employer-employee relationship, leaders should have an open door policy, be present, get to know their staff, support staff, not have favourites, include employees in decision making, play by the same rules as the ones set for staff, and be honest.

  1. Create Purpose-Driven Goals

Money and number-driven goals do not motivate a team. For a team of people to be motivated, they must feel that their strengths are being used to make a difference, and this is how purpose-driven goals can be useful. When a team feels that its work plays a part in the company’s success and can even change the world, team members are encouraged to work harder. So an employer should stop creating number-driven goals and start creating purpose-driven goals.

  1. Nourish the Team

All employees want to know that their employer cares about them, and when they do feel this way they are more likely to work hard, be happier and continue working for the company. For leaders to show employees that they care they should do more than the bare minimum, make time for staff, be relatable, care about personal issues, off support with difficult clients, and create new opportunities to help staff develop their skills and experiences.

A motivated employee will be more engaged and productive, so while these six tips won’t be the only solution to boost motivation, they are a good starting point for managers to create a happier workplace.