After a long weekend, especially during the summer, the productivity at the beginning of the week may be a bit sluggish. Leaders should take this into consideration and think of ways to motivate your team into a productive state of mind. Here’s a few suggestions to pump up the team:
1. Consider an inspiring quote placed on each team members desk. If the team is too big for this to be feasible then consider strategically placing them in common team work areas or “water cooler” locations. One of my favorite spots is on the microwave door or the refrigerator. Folks are always warming up coffee or tea or putting something in the fridge. Surprise them with inspiration where they would least expect it!
2. Feed them….So simple and yet so satisfying. Everyone enjoys the fresh fruit or donut holes (pick your poison) that they didn’t have to buy themselves.
3. Consider projects that give back or help others when time permits on Mondays. Nothing motivates like helping others. Community service builds team unity, camaraderie and relieves stress. This may not be something you can do every Monday but maybe monthly or quarterly you can schedule an activity of this sort. Be creative! There is plenty you can do right in the office or consider a “field trip” to the community for hands on service projects. Have a daycare in your building or close to the office? Consider reading to the children for an hour on Mondays!
4. Lead by example. As a leader, come in with a positive attitude and a pleasant disposition. You set the tone by your demeanor. Don’t kill the joy buzz in the office with your melancholy attitude or Eor-like (you know, Winnie the Pooh’s somber side kick) disposition. Pep it up!
5. Meeting free Mondays? Yep! I said it. If at all possible try to keep Monday’s free of lengthy meetings and conference calls. This cannot always be avoided but consider at least making the morning this way if you can. Give folks a chance to “warm up” before they are thrown into the proverbial lion’s den.
6. Start off the week thanking folks for what was accomplished last week and in advance for this weeks projected successes. This is a great way to transform yourself from the “Task Master” to the “Kudo King or Queen.” Instead of the “to do’s” consider changing it to the “thank you’….” Thank you for following up with….. Thank you for return calls to Mr. Important Stakeholder….. Thank you for preparing the agenda for Thursday’s meeting for my review…. Thank you for scheduling the quarterly conference call…. Try framing statements with an eye on appreciating others. Not that every statement or request has to be syrupy sweet but you get the idea…show appreciation.
What are some things you do to get your team motivated? Please share!