The Key to a Healthier and More Productive Team

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The Key To a Healthier and More Productive Team

Ever think, "I'd really like to get my team more energized and focused"? Of course you have. Optimizing productivity is one of the big responsibilities of a manager.  

So, how will you motivate your team? You may think salary and title are the key motivators.

In actuality, what motivates a team daily is:


a way to a healthy lifeHaving a healthy inner work life.

While going to the gym couldn't hurt, that’s not the type of health we mean.


We’re talking psychological and emotional health. Having a healthy inner work life means work should feel important and uplifting.





1. The Importance of Small Wins
SCHS - One point to win the matchBreak your larger mission into shorter-term obtainable goals.

Having smaller wins will give more opportunities for your employees to feel good about themselves, and their projects. With small attainable goals, staff will feel like achievement is always within reach if they just work toward it. And when they achieve, that positive feeling will propel them to the next win, and to the one after that. Walking your organization closer to a BIG win.



2. Set Clear Goals
Goal SettingBy setting clear goals, your employees will have something to work toward.

When your goal is vague, there may be some head scratching going on by your team. Instead of using their bandwidth to produce results, they may be asking "why are we doing this" and "when is enough?" Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely goals are SMART, and will give your team real targets to shoot for.



3. Give Autonomy
Hello my name is Expert 2Everyone's an expert in their part of the organization.

No one's closer to the everyday life of your nonprofit than your staff. Trust them. By trusting your staff to come up with their own solutions, you're not only using the full resources of your team, you're making them feel empowered.

In the eyes of your staff, micromanagement may seem like distrust in your own people, or fault in their leader. Either can cripple your team.



4. Respect Ideas and the People Who Create Them
Nothing motivates a team member like the pride of contributing great ideas, and being recognized.

Does this sound familiar “Why bother giving my insights? She'll either ignore them or take them as her own.” Listen to your staff. You may feel powerful sitting on your side of the desk with everyone listening to you. Don’t let it get to your head. You need your staff. And they are, in many ways, closer to the work and can give you insight into what does and doesn’t work. Moreover, if your staff feels like you’re not going to listen to their insights, they won’t bother giving you any.


Appreciating an employee one-to-one is nice. Appreciating an employee in front of others is even better.


5. Develop the Individuals On Your Team
When you invest in your team, they will invest back in you and your organization.

In the early stages of team development, talk about your staff members' career goals and what's important to them. Taking time and extra steps to develop your staff will not only incentivize your staff, your team members will feel good about themselves AND you. Plus, preparing your team with the knowledge that goes behind projects, goals, and decision making will help your staff lead on projects in the future. 



6. Keep Your Team to High Standards
06 -- Keys to MeasurementKeeping your staff accountable is important for maintaining healthy inner work life.

When expectations are on your employees, you're showing that they're important to the organization. This gives your employees self-worth in the process. Holding yourself and your team to a high standard from the very start will keep the work to a high standard too.



7. Small Problems Can Lead to Big Problems
Obstacle Race - Dornoch Highhland Gathering 2007What can seem to you like a brief and small mishap, can appear BIG in the eyes of

your employee. 

When you say something to or in front of your employee, remember to see it in the eyes of the observer. When your employees are onlookers at a meeting, what are they really seeing? When in front of senior staff, are you championing the ideas that your team agreed on? If not, a flaw in leadership, even if a misunderstanding, can create an obstacle in future productivity.



8. Healthy Inner Work Life vs. Employee Personality
The Stand OffInner work life is different than individual personality.

Some people are capable of being happy. Some are just unhappy and won't change short of life changing events. It is not your responsibility to fix that. Providing healthy inner work life is understanding how your leadership and group dynamic will effect the inner well being of your team.




You’ll notice that most of these ideas don’t take a lot of financial resources.

Developing healthy inner work life for your team does, however, take your time and attention. Spending your time and being attentive to your team's health and happiness, in the end, will pay off.


And let's face it, walking into a happier, healthier and more productive office will make your own life that much better.


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