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How Are You Motivating and Inspiring Your Teams in Challenging Times?

We are all faced with challenging times and, likely, you are leading a team that is reduced in size with even more work to be accomplished to meet organizational goals and compete effectively in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace. How you motivate and inspire your teams in these challenging times makes all the difference for success.

Take any of these steps to keep your team motivated and inspired when times are challenging and they are feeling overworked and underappreciated:

  • Listen to them! Take the time to hear their concerns and help them figure out how to resolve issues/problems that arise. Maybe you can bring in temporary resources or use technology more effectively to get things done. Help to prioritize workloads.
  • Take the time to meet with your team one-on-one. No matter how busy it gets, regular one-on-one meetings enables you to keep your team members engaged and moving in the right direction.
  • On a monthly basis, take the team out for lunch or just for coffee. This time out of work enables for socializing on a personal basis and helps to build strong relationships.
  • Jump in and help out! When needed, be “hands on.” Pitch in when the team is working overtime to help get things done. What a great impression you’ll make!
  • Raise concerns and issues “up the ladder.” You likely have connections to leadership your team does not have – be their spokesperson in the company.
  • Highlight their accomplishments! Let them shine in the spotlight. Be sure everyone knows about their efforts and their successes.
  • Provide feedback regularly.
  • Provide opportunities for your team to develop personally and professionally.
  • Share information when you can – help them to see the vision.

When you show your team that you care about them and are willing to go the extra mile to support them, you’ll have a team that is dedicated, devoted and willing to go above and beyond to meet the goals and objectives set.

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