How to Motivate Your Team, Get More Done

Have you ever been in a situation where it seemed impossible to end? We’ve all been there. It can really affect team morale.
How can you get your team to do their best in the work that is still to be done? These 5 tips will help you ignite the fire in your team to get you there faster.
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Set clear goals
If you don’t know where it’s at, it’s difficult to push for the finish line. Do your team a favor and draw a clear target that they can reach for.
TeamGantt has quarterly objectives and key outcomes (OKRs). This helps everyone know what they need to do to make the team successful. For extra motivation, you can dial the bar up or down if someone needs it.
Share your mission
We spend a lot of time discussing the who, what and when of a project. How often do you explain why?
Everyone wants to feel that they are part of something greater. Tell your team about the other side of the work you’re doing. Your team can be motivated to work together in achieving the mission by knowing who will be affected.
Give praise to a job well done
Money might be more effective at motivating your team than praise, but praise is more powerful. It is easy to become so focused on the negative that you forget to recognize the positive. But that’s where motivational magic happens.
Pay attention to the work being completed and shout out the good stuff. Your clients and leaders will be impressed by the team’s achievements. Tell the person who is working on a project that they are doing a great job.
Be present
You may believe that your best work as a project manager is behind closed doors. Your presence can be a powerful tool to boost team morale.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to show up for your team by sending an email weekly or sharing a funny clip at the end of standup meetings. It might be as simple as ordering pizza and playing music with your crew, or even sending them a weekly email.
Make friendship a culture
You are always willing to help a friend. Imagine your team displaying the same generosity. Team members are more likely to get along and be willing to help each other. You don’t need to ask them twice.
Make sure to schedule some team fun time so that relationships can grow. Hire the right people, not just for the job but for the team.
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