Unless you are operating a business on your own, you are always going to be in work with a team of some kind. It might be your board, it might be a partner, or it might be your employees. Teams are very important parts to the structure of a business. Teamwork makes the dream work, as the saying goes, and if a team isn’t working and is not functioning to its full capabilities, it might be holding the business back. While teams don’t always get along, it is your responsibility to hold a team together, as a leader. It won’t be them failing your business if things do not work out, but it will be you who is failing by allowing your team to fall apart.
To put it quite simply indeed, you need to be on the ball in this area and you need to ensure that you help a team move forward. This means directing talent, giving instructions, assigning work, communicating and ensuring morale is high. It’s a tough gig, but you asked for it, did you not?
Morale is an interesting thing, as it might be the single most important thing that helps a team move forward. A demoralized team is going to fall apart, get petty, and be unproductive in general. A team that has good morale and generally high spirits will work well together, will get things done and be productive.
Morale is something a business can harness well. The actions of business leaders do have direct impacts on morale, as does the outside lives of team members. How they feel on a daily basis has big impacts on morale. If you are a team leader or a business owner, what can you do to improve morale in your team on a daily basis?
Maybe you should show a little gratitude for a job well done. Employees are hired to do jobs and to do them well, but this is not an automatic process. If you ignore good work, employees might feel like hard, good work is not worth their time. At base level, a thank you to your staff now and again does not go unnoticed. Keep that team happy by showing gratitude.
But you could also go a step further. Staff awards and prizes are a good way to motivate a team. Get custom awards made and recognize the best talent in your team with awards- be they monthly awards, or end of year awards shows. Don’t be afraid to offer rewards and incentives to your staff, it could be the type of action that makes your business flourish!
As a business owner it can be far too easy to stay stuck in the ivory tower, but don’t be afraid to step it down and communicate with your team. You are important, but so are the people who work for you day in and day out. Boost their morale by talking to them, showing gratitude and rewarding them now and again. It won’t hurt.