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Team motivation

How HR Can Improve Team Motivation

Teams are extremely essential to the assurance that organisations will achieve high-performance goals and effectively work towards building a positive organisational culture. When team members are working extremely efficiently, influences on other team members and the people who surround the team can be seen to occur. That is, an increase in the productivity and overall morale of working employees is gained. Likewise, HR managers find it essential to ensure that teams are constantly working with an extremely high effort built through team motivation in order to meet a large variety of business objectives.

In many circumstances, it is seen that an employee feels unmotivated to work hard in teams. This may be due to a variety of circumstances that influences the positive productivity and motivation of the employee. In turn, HR management must be undertaken to ensure that the encouragement of employee engagement through identifying and then resolving the issues at hand is occurrent, in turn, increasing employee motivation whilst further influencing employee happiness, satisfaction levels and further productivity levels. Below are a variety of ways in which HR can improve team motivation.

Communicate Effectively

The first and most critical way for HR managers to improve team motivation is through communicating effectively. To communicate effectively HR managers need to ensure that they are listening to team member issues and problems, providing well-assessed ways to mitigate the problem at hand. This ensures that the team member has the assurance that they can talk to someone if they are stuck with a particular problem at hand.

Moreover, When HR managers communicate effectively with employees within teams, it assures that goals are being worked towards more effectively. Furthermore, team members are pushed to be motivated to work harder as someone is monitoring their productivity. This means that employees will want to communicate that they are meeting their task objectives as efficiently as possible. In turn, team motivation is effectively improved through HR management effectively assuring that they communicate effectively with employees.

Define the Teams’ Goals

To effectively improve team motivation levels, HR managers must ensure that they define the team’s goals. For teams to have motivation in completing activities when at work they must be assured that they are working with a largely well-defined and clear purpose. This is done whereby HR managers may encourage teams to define clear goals or even specifically define the goals for the team. It is extremely critical when defining the team’s overall goals that HR managers ensure they are largely realistic.

This means that the goals that are created for the team are largely achievable. A strong way to create goals is through progression goal creation. That is, creating small goals as you progress throughout task completion as a team. Furthermore, it must be ensured that the goals defined are not vague. When goals are vague team members may find conflicting definitions of what the goal may be and work inconsistently with others. In turn, when goals are clearly defined HR managers may ensure that teams are effectively working harder with increased motivation to attain goal completion.

Encourage Role Rotation

Another extremely successful way for HR managers to effectively improve team motivation levels is through effectively encouraging team role rotation. Dependent on the organisation, employees may work with specific set roles. This may include employees working with roles such as being team leader, team innovator or team assistant, or the teams may work with specifically defined roles such as utilising the Belbin roles format which includes having resource investigators, co-ordinators, implementors and monitor evaluators to name a few.

When these roles undergo role rotation, team members are effectively encouraged to develop new skills, come up with new innovative perspectives in a new role, develop empathy for other employees and further increase the overall teamwork motivation level. Moreover, role rotation completely ensures that employee engagement levels are at an all-time high as employees begin to experience a new perspective of working within the team. This encourages hard-working as they are experiencing something new and may want to work to the best of their ability, effectively improving team motivation levels.

Reward and Recognise

HR managers can further ensure that they are encouraging the positive improvement of team motivation levels through recognition and rewards. When team members are given rewards and recognised for the extremely hard work that they have put in, they will begin to feel that the organisation largely appreciates the work that they complete, in turn, effectively increasing motivation levels.

Recognition such as messages, written letters or positive feedback to the team or even individual team member will positively influence them to work harder to receive that same feeling they gained from the positive reinforcement through recognition given. Likewise, rewards such as monetary and non-monetary bonuses given to the team or team member will influence the positive motivation level as they work harder to acquire the same reward again in the future.

Encourage Team Bonding

To ensure that HR managers are effectively promoting positive improvement in team motivation, encouraging team bonding can be conducted. This means that HR managers will allow team members to take breaks, go out and further socialise with each other. This ensures that team members begin to be influenced whereby they become extremely comfortable when talking with each other and more relaxed when working as a team.

This ensures that any team member that may feel uneasy, anxious or worried that team members do not want their opinions, enjoy their company or like them will effectively be mitigated and if done correctly removed through team bonding activities. In turn, when teams have undergone team bonding, they become more cohesive and stronger as a team to meet objectives and goals, further they will become increasingly motivated as they are able to work together more effectively as they are more comfortable with each other.

Jake Amodeo
Jake.amodeo@employeeconnect.com