Three Tips To Spark A Fire Under Your Employees

You work hard, burning the midnight oil six days a week, working to ensure your business is successful. Unfortunately, your employees likely don't share the same level of dedication and passion to your dream. While this is understandable on one hand--after all, it's your business, not theirs--your success rests largely on the shoulders of your employees. That means it's your job to keep them motivated. Here are three tips for getting the best out of your team.

Know Your Employees

Having a team of employees who feel just like a number is a surefire way to end up with passionless drones. Figure out what motivates them. Ask them what their goals are. Hire an employee testing service to perform personality testing, such as the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, which reveals 16 distinct personality types. The results not only help the employee to know themselves better, but it will help you and your supervisors manage them more effectively. For example, if one employee scores high in introversion, he's likely not the right fit for a high-profile position that requires a people person.

Additionally, ask your employees one-on-one what their goals are, not just at work but in life in general. Find out what their hopes and dreams are, where their passion lies, and then ask them what they feel their best strengths are and how they think they can best serve your company. Your employee will leave your office feeling more loyalty and more motivated if they feel like they really can make a difference and their opinion is important to you.

Hold Team Building Exercises

Sometimes there is a disconnect between employees. In order for team members to function as a well-oiled machine, they need to be able to connect with one another. Team building exercises improve problem-solving skills, foster communication, and develop their natural role in the pecking order. For example, a leader will emerge, and the director will make himself known. Everyone will fall into the place that feels best suited to their skills and comfort zone. This knowledge will translate to the office. Many larger cities have escape houses where participants need to work together to find the clues that will allow them to break free. Indoor rocking climbing is another idea where working together to reach the top requires a team effort.

Hire A Motivational Speaker

Motivational speakers are usually entertaining. They're also motivating--that's their job. If employee morale and productivity are down, a motivational speaker could be just what you need to reignite your employees' passion. A motivational speaker for businesses can spark your employees' imagination and fuel their creativity, bringing them back to life, both professionally and personally.