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3 Ways to Inspire Your Team to Bring their A-Game 

Want to get the absolute BEST out of your team? You can’t expect high performance to happen by accident. Employees need consistent encouragement, high energy, and good incentives to foster and maintain motivation at work. Under a leadership team that consistently highlights employee strengths, provides opportunities to refresh energy levels, and ties rewards to performance, teams are empowered and inspired to unlock and bring their A-game, every day. 

  1. Recognition. Encouragement is nourishment for the soul. It keeps our tanks running and inspires us to put forth our best effort. At best, employees who feel unseen and unrecognized will have little motivation to keep bringing their A-game. At worst, they may feel resentful, like their effort doesn’t matter, and engage in counterproductive workplace behaviors, which is the last thing you want to happen. Consistently recognizing one’s strengths communicates that their efforts are seen, that they matter, and that they are valued. It also demonstrates that leadership is paying enough attention to them to know what their specific strengths are, driving accountability and forming a stronger relationship between leadership and their employees. In other words, encouragement signals to employees that someone is watching, noticing, and that their efforts play a crucial role to overall success, which makes them feel inspired.
  2. Refreshment. If you want the best from your people, it’s time to start prioritizing activities that rejuvenate their energy levels. Just like athletes don’t set personal records when their muscles are sore and they’re low on sleep, employees don’t bring their A-game when they’re overworked and depleted. Some people live under the assumption that the more time you spend working, the more work you produce. In reality, trudging through work when our energy is low is an inefficient strategy. Additionally, without rest, employees are at a higher risk of burnout as well as physical and mental health issues. Taking the time to refresh our energy levels can lead to better performance and results. Vacations, flex time off, and even office parties, can be seen as investments rather than expenses. Because rest is indispensable to sustainable, A-game performance, we highly recommend that you create a workplace culture where rest is encouraged by leadership and facilitated through established company policies.

     

  3. Rewards. Reward results. If you want to get your employees moving and bring their A-game, consider your reward structure. While money isn’t everything, it is one of the most critical components to employee motivation. Is there a direct correlation between the employee’s effort and their compensation? At an individual level, you might consider adding a bonus structure for employees who go above and beyond. At the company level, you might tie some of their compensation to company performance. Profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans give employees some skin in the game when it comes to overall company performance.  

To sum all of this up, employees need encouragement, energy, and incentive to perform at the peak of their possibilities. Recognition, refreshment, and rewards can be seen as a three-legged stool: You need a mix of all of them to keep the stool standing. By providing these three ingredients, your team will be motivated and empowered to bring their A-game.  

Not sure where to start? Manage 4 Performance is a revolutionary way to tie performance scoring into every level of employee engagement and develop your people to succeed. Contact us today to learn more about M4P!

Want to get the absolute BEST out of your team? You can’t expect high performance to happen by accident. Employees need consistent encouragement, high energy, and good incentives to foster and maintain motivation at work. Under a leadership team that consistently highlights employee strengths, provides opportunities to refresh energy levels, and ties rewards to performance, teams are empowered and inspired to unlock and bring their A-game, every day. 

  1. Recognition. Encouragement is nourishment for the soul. It keeps our tanks running and inspires us to put forth our best effort. At best, employees who feel unseen and unrecognized will have little motivation to keep bringing their A-game. At worst, they may feel resentful, like their effort doesn’t matter, and engage in counterproductive workplace behaviors, which is the last thing you want to happen. Consistently recognizing one’s strengths communicates that their efforts are seen, that they matter, and that they are valued. It also demonstrates that leadership is paying enough attention to them to know what their specific strengths are, driving accountability and forming a stronger relationship between leadership and their employees. In other words, encouragement signals to employees that someone is watching, noticing, and that their efforts play a crucial role to overall success, which makes them feel inspired.
  2. Refreshment. If you want the best from your people, it’s time to start prioritizing activities that rejuvenate their energy levels. Just like athletes don’t set personal records when their muscles are sore and they’re low on sleep, employees don’t bring their A-game when they’re overworked and depleted. Some people live under the assumption that the more time you spend working, the more work you produce. In reality, trudging through work when our energy is low is an inefficient strategy. Additionally, without rest, employees are at a higher risk of burnout as well as physical and mental health issues. Taking the time to refresh our energy levels can lead to better performance and results. Vacations, flex time off, and even office parties, can be seen as investments rather than expenses. Because rest is indispensable to sustainable, A-game performance, we highly recommend that you create a workplace culture where rest is encouraged by leadership and facilitated through established company policies.

  3. Rewards. Reward results. If you want to get your employees moving and bring their A-game, consider your reward structure. While money isn’t everything, it is one of the most critical components to employee motivation. Is there a direct correlation between the employee’s effort and their compensation? At an individual level, you might consider adding a bonus structure for employees who go above and beyond. At the company level, you might tie some of their compensation to company performance. Profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans give employees some skin in the game when it comes to overall company performance.  

To sum all of this up, employees need encouragement, energy, and incentive to perform at the peak of their possibilities. Recognition, refreshment, and rewards can be seen as a three-legged stool: You need a mix of all of them to keep the stool standing. By providing these three ingredients, your team will be motivated and empowered to bring their A-game.  

Not sure where to start? Manage 4 Performance is a revolutionary way to tie performance scoring into every level of employee engagement and develop your people to succeed. Contact us today to learn more about M4P!

Post Categories: Insights
Date Published: May 26, 2022
Post Categories: Insights
Date Published: May 26, 2022