Working with people can be a bit difficult, considering the fact that each individual is different from each other. Keeping them motivated can be even harder since with time, people tend to get fed up with their usual work. A decrease in motivation can affect sales and productivity, and hence you should always find new ways to keep your team motivated. So here are a few things you could do.
1. Leave space for new ideas
You never know when a new idea will strike a team member. Also, ideas can be forgotten very fast if they take their minds off it for a few seconds. So make sure that you have a special area to write down whatever new idea that comes to mind. A white board, idea log or any other material should be kept in place, ready for innovative thoughts. Also, make sure you encourage your team mates to write down anything that comes to mind, no matter how silly it could be. This will let them know that you value their ideas and thoughts too.
2. Build tradition
Whenever a new member joins the team, he might feel a bit awkward and out of place. He wouldn’t know how things are done around here. So, put in place a few traditions so that they will get to know the environment. For example, every Friday night could be game night where the entire team will get together and play various games. Or you could have a movie night too. Some organizations may require knowing another language such as Arabic, so have a day where you would speak only in Arabic. The new entrants will quickly learn through this. Let them come up with team bonding ideas and implement them to make them traditions.
3. Do activities together
You could do various activities apart from the traditions you set up before such as going out camping, participating in a culinary workshop in Singapore or even going out bowling. Anything that would help them mingle and fit in could be done. When they start getting to know each other, only then will they be happy to work together and give out their best.
4. Check in with your team
Your team might not be working in the same place. Some maybe visiting sites and the others might be doing the sit-down work. You need to make sure that they meet weekly, so that everyone knows what everyone is doing. It’s surprising how sometimes you don’t know what the person next to you is doing. When you meet often, you know the progress of the project and can also find any loopholes.