We’re in the 6th month of WFH, and some teams are starting to feel the pain. (FYI – I’m constantly hearing about motivation issues)
How’s your team doing?
According to new research. The pandemic workday is a different beast:
We’re working 48 minutes longer.
We’re attending more meetings with more people.
And, we’re sending (and receiving) more email.
[UPSIDE] – The additional meetings are shorter.
As a leader, you need to keep experimenting with different solutions to see how you can help your team sustain forward momentum. Today I’m sharing three that work well.
Experiment #1: Offer to reprioritize
Successful employees strongly agree with the following statements:
My manager helps me set work priorities ✅ My manager helps me set performance goals ✅
We have years of data that proves employees whose managers help them set priorities and goals are more productive.
I encourage you to meet with your employee and go through their priorities not in a micro-managey way but in a “Lets-look-at-it-together-way can be cathartic.
Experiment #2: Offer more control
One effective motivation strategy is giving your employees more autonomy and control over their day. Experimenting with simple questions like the following will go a long way.
Does our current 1:1 time still work?
What would you like to change about your current work schedule?
Are there any projects you need me to step out?
Agency over our lives is a powerful drug. When our bosses step up and give us more autonomy – we get a boost of motivation.
BTW – Please keep doing your 1:1s with your managers. The following data is showing 1:1s are decreasing the time employees are spending at work (Increased efficiency)
Experiment #3: Optimize for quick wins
If your employee is struggling, try giving them tasks that come with quick wins. You’ll be surprised how a word of encouragement and praise can get them going again. If you see something good, say something good.
Encouragement remains undefeated in the workplace.
Your employees want help and coaching more than ever before. These experiments are worth your time. You have nothing to lose.
I’m Ali Merchant, and I’ve been leading teams for over 10 years. I believe good managers like you deserve better -- better tools, better training, better support, and the opportunity to be a great leader.