Being a project manager isn’t just about the project. While assigning the right work, managing resources, and scheduling availability are important, keeping your team motivated is one of the most crucial duties of any good project manager. Your team is a group of individuals whose level of investment in the project may vary greatly. To combat a lack of motivation from harming your project, Paul Naybour gives six ways to increase your team’s productivity in a post for the Association for Project Management:
- Be a good role model
- Develop skills
- Seek the positives
- Eat together
- Build a team spirit
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Despite your own level of investment in the project, this may just be a team member’s nine-to-five to help put a roof over their head. You probably didn’t get your dream team for this project and there’s even the chance that you had no say in the team whatsoever. But learning how to motivate your team can turn this difficult situation around and allow you to put the best foot forward.
By being a good role model, you can show your team that they’re working under someone that will help them on the path to success. You can show this by having an open line of communication between you and your team. Being responsive to feedback allows members to be more innovative with the project and shows that you value them as members of the team. This can be further expounded upon by developing your team’s skills. Demonstrating that you’re willing to aid them in the advancement of their professional and interpersonal skills builds up a team member’s confidence. Building motivation can even come from little things, like eating together. Feeling a social connection to the team can do wonders for the involvement your team members.
Naybour finds that looking on the bright side can do wonders for helping out your team:
Try to focus on the positive in every situation and ensure your feedback to the team is positive whenever possible. It’s easy when all is not going well to highlight mistakes but, without wanting to suggest you treat your team like children, just consider how you would deal with a young child who made a mistake. You would, I hope, be positive and encourage them to try again to boost their confidence. We tend to assume adults don’t need a confidence boost in the same way but that often isn’t the case.
You can view the original post here: https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/are-you-motivating-your-project-team/