As you already know, it can be difficult to keep your team motivated. There are many things you can do to help keep the team motivated, and here are listed the top five items.
1. Get Your Sponsor Involved
How about trying some of these ideas?
- Get your project sponsor to write individual thank you letters to the project team members at the end of the project or a significant halfway milestone. If it helps, draft the letters yourself and simply have the sponsor sign them.
- Ask them along to a project team meeting so they can see the team in action. This can help the team members feel as if senior management is taking an interest.
- Negotiate with your sponsor for some cash for an end of project party. Let everyone on the team know that this is planned so they have something to look forward to.
2. Offer Rewards
Rewards come in various forms, and as a project manager, it is unlikely that you’ll have the power to be able to give people generous increases in pay, however well they have done on the project. That’s OK, because money isn’t a long term motivating factor.
3. Reinforce Project Objectives
If you are working on a project that has clear objectives, these can often be a motivating factor. For example, maybe you are relocating a hospital or building a new school. People feel as if they can rally behind laudable objectives, so make sure people understand why you are doing your project.
4. Link Their Work To Corporate Goals
In project management terms, on top of the project’s objectives, you also have a company strategy. Show everyone how the project contributes to the overall company strategy. Perhaps the strategic aim is to be the best in the marketplace – let your team know how your project contributes to this, say, through reducing the time it takes to ship your product.
5. Say Thank You
Finally, don’t forget the humble ‘thank you’! It’s easy to do and it’s free. It’s as simple as saying, “Thanks for all your hard work this week,” when someone leaves the office on a Friday afternoon.
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