The decision to downsize is always a difficult one. But how do you motivate a team when downsizing is imminent? There are many techniques that can be employed to keep a team motivated and excited during difficult times. A few techniques that can be are; show your team respect, get them invested in their professional future and the easiest one of all, just listen to their concerns and needs. With proper motivation a team can thrive in even the most difficult times. The first part of motivating in difficult times we will tackle is the all too overlooked step of listening. As a manger and leader it is important that your team feels they can come to you with their problems, they may not all be work related but that is ok. If a teammate isn’t focused at work because of outside distractions, that needs to be addressed. Victor Lipman says you need to listen, “To employees’ ideas for job improvement… or their problems, concerns, frustrations, conflicts, dramas, kids’ issues, parents’ issues, grandparents’ issues,” (2013) Basically if something is distracting a team member and they feel they can come to and be heard their productivity will increase. This doesn’t mean that every problem brought to your attention will warrant equal attention, some people may try to take advantage of an open door policy on hearing their problems “If someone is a chronic malingerer, and carps for the sake of carping, just tell them to knock it off and get back to work.” (Lipman, 2013) Sometimes a stern approach is needed. If you actually listen, and not just wait for your turn to talk or bark orders at the team, your team will naturally become more motivated. How can we motivate someone by showing interest in the future of their career path? There are a few ways to tackle that. One is the goal setting theory. “The theory’s basic premise is that task goals can be highly motivating—if they are properly set and if they are well managed.” (Lombardi, 2007) Working with...
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