How to Motivate Your Small Team

With the number of startups steadily increasing, modern office environments can be hugely different to the traditional configurations of the past. It is becoming increasingly difficult to reach the perfect balance of a positive work ethic in their employees while striving for a relaxed, more personal relationship with them when possible. This also changes the way you motivate your small team.

Having already outlined, in a broader sense, the ways you can motivate your team in the workplace, we thought we’d narrow it down a bit. So, here’s a few ways that you can encourage productiveness and efficiency in your small team while still being approachable and respected.

Define Clear Company Goals

Sit down with your team often enough to understand how they’re getting on and keep abreast of particular concerns they have. Aside from creating and reinforcing good relationships with them, regular catch ups help to keep everyone on the same page. When setting goals for the coming week, month, quarter, or year, afford your employees the opportunity to provide input and make suggestions or alterations to your plans. Bear in mind, however, to try and avoid unnecessary meetings. The average professional wastes 3.8 hours per week in unproductive meetings – don’t let this be your company!

Give Simple Rewards

This one shouldn’t be overly difficult; just take the time to show your team the appreciation they deserve. This could be by offering small benefits such as giving them their birthday off or bringing food into the office from time to time. Remind them that you’re different to larger, wealthier companies. Find some unique perks you can offer than a larger company might lack the agility to implement. Not only does this make your current employees feel appreciated and serve as an incentive to work hard, but is also a great selling point for future ones.

Don’t Punish Failure

Everybody makes mistakes, so don’t punish failure. Setting the bar at perfection will get you absolutely nowhere in the early stages of your business; it will only serve to turn people against you if you’re seen as demanding impossible standards. Instead, try to paint any failures as learning opportunities and don’t discourage people from trying again. Letting your team get creative from time to time will help to grow the business while also providing the opportunity to blow off some steam.

Practice What You Preach

Work alongside your team when possible. Showing your passion and belief in your business is vital because, if you don’t, who will? Getting involved and speaking positively about the company will rub off on others. Additionally, in small teams, people want to feel like they’re being productive – potentially watching a company grow from a small enterprise into something much larger. Give your team insight into the running of the business – make them feel like they’re making an impact. This helps to break the ‘us and them’ divide often found in larger scale firms.

Offer Flexible Working

Flexible working is becoming far more mainstream and is a massive attraction for many. You have to recognise that your employees have a life outside work; implementing an option to start work earlier or finish later can have a great effect. Aside from potentially improving work ethic, allowing people to work from home, or work longer hours but in fewer days, gives you more options during your recruitment as you can attract a more diverse pool of candidates. This gives you a better chance of finding someone who’s the perfect fit for your needs.

Don’t micromanage

Give your employees time and space to figure things out. According to a recent survey, 38% of people would rather take on unpleasant tasks than sit next to a micromanaging boss. Constantly second-guessing your team is never productive.

If you’re looking for a new addition to your team just drop us an email or pick up the phone – we’ll help you find the perfect candidate.

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