Employees are in pain.
As depressing as this sounds, it’s the truth. Burnout is rising and motivation is falling. Work hasn’t stopped one bit and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The pandemic workday by all accounts is a different beast.
As a leader, your #1 priority is to sustain forward momentum. Today I’m sharing three experiments that will help you do just that.
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.
Experiment #2: Offer More Control
One effective motivation strategy is to give your employees autonomy and control over their day. Experimenting with simple questions can help in increasing motivation.
- 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 in or out?
Agency over our lives is a powerful drug. When we get 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 a quick win. This strategy is especially important for employees who are either new to the team or new to the task. A quick win can help an employee find their confidence, if they’re in a slump.
You’ll be surprised how a word of encouragement and praise can get also help. If you see something good, say something good.
Your employees want support and coaching more than ever before. These experiments are worth your time. I hope you try them.