People adapt better to change if they are clear about the value that change brings. During the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent remote working, we need to make sure that our team of colleagues is motivated and engaged with a clear strategy of the company direction during this time.
It is our responsibility as the business owner, the leader of the business to motivate our teams and be clear about our objectives so they can offer insight from the perspective of their role in the organisation and thus cultivate a culture of ownership. When your team buys into the company strategy, you almost guarantee the success of that strategy. After all, if they have ‘skin in the game’ they will do their best and their best is absolutely the best we can ask for in these times.
A Leader is one who, out of the Clutter, brings Simplicity, out of Discord, Harmony and out of Difficulty, Opportunity
It is in times of a crisis that you see the true value of a leader. A leader that is clear and motivating will empower her team. A leader that trusts her team and values their opinions will bring more value to the business. A leader who gives her team autonomy and ownership of their roles will encourage her team to think outside of the box and find solutions to problems.
With the purpose to “make things happen” during this lockdown situation, we have incorporated a few strategies which can help you UNDERSTAND-MOTIVATE-LEAD your team.
A BETTER COMMUNICATION APPROACH
Communication is the key to sort out a hundred problems, but only when done in the right way. And during the tough times, it’s ever more necessary to build a strong connection through communication. These are times of uncertainty and your team look to you now more than ever for advice, guidance and support, and this comes from open and welcoming lines of communication..
RENEW THE VISION
Renewing the company vision during this time is an excellent idea and best done with the engagement of your whole team. Traditionally, the vision and goals of the company are set by the senior management and then filter down to the team. But when the whole organisation is involved it creating the vision and goals, there is a deep sense of ownership and accountability which leads to better results and increased motivation. It’s a win:win all round!
This pandemic raises anxiety and uncertainty among individuals. The record levels of unemployment being reported will of course cause employees to be concerned. Be transparent where possible with your team. Let them come to you to express their concerns and be as honest as possible with them about the performance of the company and the steps being taken to secure the future of the company. Don’t be shy to ask your team what they would do in your shoes, their answers may surprise you.
KNOW YOUR EMPLOYEES - RE-ALIGN ROLES
This one is the most useful techniques to connect well with your team and restructure if your organisation requires that now.
To make things simpler for you, we have categorised two types of personalities to help you realign:
GO WITH THE FLOW
GET THE JOB DONE
Once you determine which behavioural style applies to each team member, it will be easier for you to activate their interest by recognizing their talents and abilities, and then realign their positions. This will not only help them function efficiently but will also allow the company to succeed in this situation of lockdown.
CELEBRATE THE ORGANIZATION’S SUPERHEROES
Another great way to keep the team engaged and empowered is by celebrating them. We all like to be recognised for our efforts and when team members shine, celebrate them.
Social distancing and forced remote working can be hard on teams that are used to working in different circumstances. As said, we are in times of uncertainty and all we can ask of our teams is their best likewise that is what they should expect from their leaders. When your team and/or individuals perform at their best, and it is rewarded through recognition either internally or publicly or both, it will create motivation. Our teams that our doing our best are our Superheroes right now, let’s treat them as such.