If you're a project manager, creating a good work environment is key to inspiring your team to do their best work. But what exactly does "a good work environment" mean? Here are four things that make for a motivating workplace.
The most critical ingredient in creating a motivating work environment is good people. They're the ones who can help you move your company forward and achieve goals, so it's vital to hire the best.
Good people are good at their jobs, want to do the work, and have a positive attitude—they bring positivity and energy into the workplace. They will do whatever they can to ensure they get ahead and keep things running smoothly, no matter the obstacles.
It doesn't matter how skilled someone may be if they don't like working with others or don't want to put forth an effort. When it comes down to it, this type of person will only hold back your team from achieving its full potential because they won't play by the rules set out by management. For example: If one person leaves early daily without permission because something came up at home, two other individuals may decide to do the same because "everyone else does." Before you know it, four more co-workers will join them!
A clear project mission will help you focus your work so you can do the most important things first. It will also help you know what is not important and helps align everyone on the same tasks. Finally, a clear mission statement provides a compass for decision-making, especially when making tough calls about where to invest time and resources.
The work itself needs to be motivating too. Just a few ways that work is motivating include:
- Meaningful work.
- Challenging work.
- Work that is creative and fun.
- Collaborative work.
- Unique, flexible, and empowering roles.
However, there are other factors at play regarding job satisfaction: such as pay levels, benefits packages, and career development opportunities. Therefore, the best way to motivate a team is by rewarding them based on merit. This means that you should assess your team member's performance based on their results and the quality of their work.
There are many ways to do this:
- Performance-based incentives are rewards that are contingent upon meeting predefined goals. For example, suppose a team member is a sales representative who has met their quota of selling $1 million products in one month. In that case, they receive a bonus for performing well. This could include money or other perks such as taking time off from work or getting access to perks like discounts at restaurants or movie theaters.
- Merit-based incentives are awarded when someone does something exceptional—like exceeding expectations—and helps improve productivity levels overall. For example, a team member has helped a project get back on track by reducing spending by 20%. They're also considered less risky than performance-based bonuses since there isn't any pressure associated with achieving goals. Instead, it's about ensuring people feel rewarded reasonably regardless of how well they perform each day relative to others.
People do their best work when valued. If you want to create a more motivating work environment, ensure you are doing everything you can to show your team how much you value them. Don't take them for granted, and don't forget to recognize the contributions they make every day. Show your appreciation and acknowledge them with small gestures like a handwritten note, a cup of coffee, or a simple "thank you.". These things will make people feel valued, which is one of the best ways to motivate them to do great work!
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