The best way to be better employee is to empathise with the boss and imagine life in their shoes. Running a business is tough. It is saturated with hard tasks, whether it is marketing, customer service, pleasing shareholders, increasing revenue and making those tough decisions.
But despite all of this, one of the toughest tasks, and most important, is being a good motivator. They are the person steering the ship, and that means everyone tends to look up to them for that inspiration.
So why not start being an inspiration to your colleagues, a motivator within your team. It will be a surefire way to get you noticed.
Why is this important?
Well, motivation is known to be one of the most significant factors when it comes to boost staff efficiency and morale, both of which directly impact productivity. And when your staff’s efficiency and productivity, so does your company’s productivity and growth. But it doesn’t stop there.
In fact it goes full circle, because the overall success of a company is recognised as the single most important part of job satisfaction, which will ensure a higher rate of staff retention. Basically, motivation just keeps on giving.
Why not explain this the next time you have a meeting with the person at the top?
But how do you motivate others? Just read on.
1. Lead By Example
Whether you like it or not, staff need inspiration and motivation. This means doing exactly what you think the boss would like to see and start embodying that. Get into early, increase your work ethic, encouraging communication and embody the values that your company upholds. It may be that this doesn’t come naturally. That’s okay.
You can learn, and you can do it for free. It could just be looking at 5 YouTube motivational speakers and seeing what approaches they take. It could be reading books or attending seminars. It doesn’t matter. It is a skill and skills can be taught.
2. Pay Attention to Individuals
Teamwork is critical to the success of any company, but a team is made up of individuals all of whom think differently, have different roles, different personalities and different lives. That’s why you need to concentrate on them as individuals too.
Learn their names, a bit about what drives them, where they are from, their family, as much as you can to show you value them. This is what a good boss will do, and that fact you are taking the initiative will see your colleagues start raving about you behind your back, rumours that could climb to the senior management.
A company would collapse without individuals so if you start remembering this and showing them taking an interest they are going to love you. What’s more, the bigger the company the lonelier people can feel, so a simple ‘hello’ to someone in the morning could do wonders to their work ethic and pride.
3. Help Them Grow
People may do a job just to get paid at the end of each month, but they still want to better themselves as people. It may be they are only an intern or junior now, but their ambition could be manager or CEO, and that means they will want all the help they can get acquiring the necessary skills.
So why not offer people your assistance, or suggest a training path to your managers, explain how you think gaining qualifications may help. Be the help you wish you had when you started. It will go a long way in getting you recognised when it comes to your annual review.