As discussed in a previous blog post, summertime is the time of year when the motivation to work is at its lowest. So, how do you do your part as a manager to keep your team’s motivation levels high? Well, to start remember the following:

As a manager, you play a major role in determining the motivation level of the entire team.

Motivation can come from many different areas. Employees are influenced not only by your words but also by your energy and attitude in the workplace so make sure you stay positive and upbeat. 

Lead by example. Don’t be the “do as I say, not as I do” type of manager. The hypocritical behavior creates an apathetic and distrustful environment.

Listen. You cannot expect to motivate an employee if you do not know their individual motivators and personal and career goals. Take time to understand these key factors and motivate accordingly.

Clarify goals. When performance is decreasing a refresher meeting regarding company goals may be necessary. Remind employees of the short-term and long-term goals and what needs to be done to accomplish these goals.

Provide feedback. Recognize achievements and give praise. Catch performance lag before it becomes a problem and point out areas that need improvement.