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5 great tips to becoming a motivational manager

Michael Bond
One of the biggest challenges facing managers in the IT sector can be knowing how to motivate a team to bring out their full potential, both as individuals and as a group working towards shared goals. A well motivated workforce not only increases productivity but also achieves higher retention rates, which are both highly desired outcomes in what is a very competitive sector.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) carried out the 'Job Satisfaction and Engagement research' report  and highlighted several areas that demand management attention if employees are to be motivated in their roles. Taking their findings into account, here are five great tips on how to be a motivational manager.

Set clear goals

However big or small the project is, having clear goals allows a defined end point and a sense of achievement when it is reached. Working on a never-ending process can be a big drain on morale and simply being able to place the work on a timeline can help focus attention and avoid satisfaction fatigue.

Make tasks beneficial

Everyone wants to know their work is actually making a difference so if an employee feels that their own contribution isn't really accomplishing anything they will be less motivated to complete a task. Managers need to ensure that at least some set tasks have a direct benefit or contribution to the overall success of a specific project or the business as a whole. 

Appreciate a job well done

Feedback is a requirement for any employee/manager relationship and knowing how to show appreciation for a job well done can be an extremely important management skill. Outstanding work deserves recognition, but more routine day to day tasks done well should also result in praise and acknowledgement. Ensuring that an employee feels valued and presenting opportunities for them to develop, highlights that their contribution is valued, which should in turn boost their own personal well-being and job satisfaction.

Team building

Morale works on both individual and team levels and so a certain amount of socialisation needs to be factored in to a good management approach. This can mean anything from the arrangement of office space to encourage collaboration and movement, right through to formal and informal activities arranged outside of working hours to help people get to know one another and build a team spirit.

Reward great achievements

Of course the best way to let an employee know that they are valued is by making sure they are rewarded in their remuneration package. In a sector that is as competitive as IT, employers need to be able to offer competitive salaries and other benefits that attract the best talent. However, tailored rewards that recognise effort and achievement should always be part of a good management strategy to motivate and retain workers too.

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