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August 5, 2020
Fatigued Team? The Ultimate Guide To Motivating Your Peers

Being a manager of a team of people comes with many joys, but it also comes with many challenges. Part of those challenges are figuring out how to motivate your team when they feel run-down and burnt out. Being able to reignite your team’s passion is an invaluable skill. Possessing this skill leaves you with an efficient, productive happy team, and a healthy work environment. Use our guide to implement these changes within your team. 

They’ve Undergone too Much Change

We’re pretty sure that if you look up change in the dictionary, 2020 will come up. When your team undergoes a lot of change in a short period of time with few wins it can demoralize them. Think about it: if you face constant letdown and struggle, the little voice in your head that tells you to quit grows louder and louder. 

If you’re taking over or continuing to lead here’s what you can do:

    • Consider what they’ve been through
    • Be slow to hand out judgements
    • Eliminate unnecessary work or re-work
    • Update technology that could help them find success 
    • Create a more energizing, positive workspace

 

They’re Unclear About the Future

COVID-19 seems to be here to stay…at least for the foreseeable future. This is unmotivating for your employees. Why spend hours planning an event that might not happen? Do they face a potential lay-off or furlough? This is a stressful time, so it is important that you take care of your employees’ mental health. 

Here’s what you can do: 

    • Be transparent with your employees
    • Encourage them to make an “in-person” and a “virtual” plan for all future events that they may be planning 
    • Ask them how you can support them
    • Be honest about the future of the company
    • Be open to discussing options with them 

 

They’re Bored

This is a great problem to have. If your team has been successful or hasn’t been challenged in awhile, don’t be afraid to up your expectations. This means that your team has more to give to you!

Here’s what you can do: 

    • Consider implementing a special project or a “stretch” assignment
    • Create an incentive

 

They’ve Been Taught to be Underachievers

Although this is not the easiest problem to fix, that does not mean that it cannot be remedied. Ask yourself how your team was taught to underachieve. Was their boss a micromanager? Did they not have the freedom to try more than they were asked? Or was it the opposite? Did the manager completely check out? 

Here’s what you can do: 

    • Reintroduce new expectations 
    • Give them time to adjust to your new expectations
    • Set the example: create discipline and structure in the workplace
    • Be their mentor, teach them how to produce higher level and quality work

Motivating a team starts with empathy. In order to change the way they work you need to understand why they are working the way they are. Understand how it got to this point. Identify what your team needs and work towards creating a better environment.

Have some suggestions? Let us know what motivates you in the comments. Don’t forget to check out our instagram @serenemktg to stay up to date on all things marketing!

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