Motivating staff to improve productivity sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to forget the obvious! This article has four ideas to help you with motivating your staff.The Tardis as a way of Motivating staff

But first a side step. Dr Who (yes you know I’m a fan, please forgive me) travels in time. There could be some great advantages in being able to do this:

  • Time management skills: They become irrelevant, just go back in time and hey presto, time management  – done.
  • How to work harder: Perhaps by extending your time, you could work harder?
  • How to combat stress: Would better time management allow you to combat stress?
  • Ways of motivating staff: Now we come to the core of the matter. It’s not so obvious, but how good would it be if you could motivate your team more effectively?

Motivating staff, using the Tardis?

Motivating staff is the key thing in knowing how to run a successful business. If your team aren’t working hard for you, how will you succeed?

But, it’s not that easy! Sometimes do your team seem fickle and motivating staff seems really hard? Let’s imagine for a moment you could jump back in time:

  • after a discussion, that didn’t go as well as you hoped. Then you could re-run it.
  • periodically and change the things that your staff didn’t like the first time around (as long as they made sense).

4 REAL ways of motivating staff to get more work done.

Let’s return to the real world you and I live in. No Time Lords or magical devices. How to get more from your team isn’t so hard!

  1. Feedback and feed-forward. Two great techniques that allow you to get information from your team, and give it to them, in a way that will enhance performance. When did you last ask for feedback from your team, and help them to give it to you? Simply saying “You know I’d love feedback” isn’t any good at all. Why not read “Feedback: A performance changer
  2. Listening: Have you ever just wanted to be able to talk through something, not be given advice, but talk through it and work out your own answer? How much would that help you? Chances are those listening skills would help you team too. Why not download our free guide to active listening, it's free and waiting for you to download right nowClick here for instant access (email address required).
  3. Clear processes and procedures. Feedback from staff most commonly complains about a lack of clarity, that’s not what you think is clear – but what they think is clear! How could you improve clarity in your firm? Just asking yourself that question may negate the need for time travel! Have you read 9 tips for process mapping your small firm and why you should.
  4. Performance Management: Back to staff again. How do you manage them, in an ongoing way that creates improvements rather than tension. Talking, sooner rather than later is normally the answer. Try it; it could save the need for time travel. Or read performance management in a small firm

Did you read “Motivating your staff: Does money motivate staff”? It really isn’t all about money!

Daleks - are they good for motivating staff?Improving staff motivation has many guises. We have a range of free guides that will help, from “Tips for briefing a team”, “Delegating more effectively”, to “Constructive feedback techniques”, it's free and waiting for you to download right nowClick here for instant access (email address required).

If you like the Dr Who analogy, you could read Control Your Temper

Staff productivity? You already know the answer!

Stop for a moment and be honest with yourself. If you could go back in time and change just one element of the way you interact with your team, what would it be? Perhaps we don’t need Dr Who after all.

What is your biggest staff motivation tip?

Written by Jon Baker The 5-50 Coach. I help professionals grow their firms from 5 to 50 employees, sustainably, profitably and still have fun. Have you got your "next step kitbag yet"? It's stuffed with guides, reports & templates helping you grow from 5 to 50 employees Click here for immediate access