Team motivation is a key for success of any business or project. Now we have a sleepy August where majority of employees are on vacations.
It is actually a very good time to see the value of your team and team members. I am currently in USA and most small companies give only 10 days of paid vacations. But there are also good examples with 30 days of paid vacations.
I think that these companies treat their team properly. The longer vacations or flexible hours can be a good benefit for employees. I am working in such routine now as a consultant. On the other hand I have a worldwide team of my vendors and freelancers that I also have to manage. It is a little bit different management than onsite management.
Building a proper team and keeping its performance plus great motivation to work is a main role of any manager.
You can read thousands of books how to do it and attend hundreds of trainings.
I found a great presentation on Slideshare that summarizes main pain points and provides some tips.
Reading this presentation I recalled my own experiences from different companies I worked for.
Simply I would like to add some points. There are differences in the employees’ motivation between small business employees and huge corporations ones.
Team Motivation’s issues
- small business – people want to have more friendly environment, less stress and more time to do the same job. The financial factor is not so important if other needs are fulfilled. There is a difference with physical workers. They mostly count on wages due to their low income.
- huge corporations – I noticed that it depends on their level, job grade in organizations.
No self development
- small business is a busy space. Many things to do and less resources, people. It is extremely difficult to organize work that your people will have time for self development. But it needs to be done. Most small businesses don’t have money for great trainings. They need to relay on their employees self-learning.
- huge corporations invest their money in many trainings but the best training is self-training. Why? Because your employee knows what he needs to learn, where gaps on knowledge and expertize are. I remember in Procter&Gamble we had 10% of our time for self-development – online trainings, reading, etc. It was really important to have some breaks for refreshment and self-development. I noticed that I was able to find better and faster solutions for many issues that appeared during the work.
can ruin any business or idea. Negativity spreads very fast. You have to always keep good morale in your team.
On the other hand some negativity is needed everywhere. Too optimistic people can also ruin your company.
The most important thing was to keep balance in this area, especially in project management. I avoided many risks and issues when I talked to “negative” team members.
Lack of clear goals
- small business is much better in collaboration and short term goals. The owner or manager can direct people easily to get the results.
- huge corporations have a constant problem with decision making and clear goals setting. I like the process of the strategy sharing in P&G. The high level strategy goes to the lower levels for more detailed strategies and action plans. But sometimes the effect of the strategy implementation takes 2 years for such huge companies. It can be damaged by another short term goal and changes.
it is a typical situation for huge corporations that require their managers to build their image via presentations. I had many cases like that in my past. One director wanted me to attend all day project meetings because I was a project manager. She thought that I had to do it. Actually it is not needed for me to attend all meetings related to projects. I need to know only the outcome of such meeting if it has an impact on the project itself. Some people don’t understand it.