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Businesses thrive when their teams are motivated. They produce quality output and may achieve more within shorter periods. Motivation isn’t that hard to come by when times are good. A business that’s covering its costs and recording increasing profits is more likely to sustain a positive work environment for its employees compared to one that isn’t.
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But when operating conditions deteriorate, firms could struggle to keep their workers happy. Internal crises or a depressed economy could weaken a company’s capacity to maintain a positive status quo. This, in turn, could adversely affect team spirit and collective output. If your business is going through difficult times, here are some ways you can motivate your team to keep their productivity levels up.

Remind them of Your Mission and Vision

It’s easy to lose sight of why you’re in business during turbulent times. But reminding your team of this can lift their spirits and strengthen their resolve. This is true if your mission and vision are fashioned to inspire. Placing your mission and vision top of mind will help your workers focus their efforts on achieving them.

Keep Communication Lines Open

Difficult times come with uncertainty. Team members may struggle to focus on their tasks if they aren’t sure where things are headed. Continuous communication helps allay the concerns they may have, and allow them to attend their duties without getting distracted. When you provide regular feedback, your team will also know how much of their work aligns with the business’s goals, and make adjustments accordingly.

Exude Positivity

This is one way in which you can lead your team in tough conditions. When you put in your best, other workers will very likely follow in your footsteps. By exuding positivity, you lay a path out of gloom and towards hope and expectation. It could be the start of a trend that lifts the whole company.
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Focus on Upskilling Staff

There are at least two reasons why you should be doing this. First, it gives workers a sense that they are making progress in their careers. This could help them stay positive and expectant for the future. Also, better skilled workers will be more helpful and sought after when the tough times are over. By having them update their skills, you are preparing them– and your company –for better things posts crisis.

Praise Good Work

Be sure to commend your team members when they do well. It’s a sign that you see the effort they are putting in, and that you appreciate them for it. This gives them a mental lift and could spur them on to do even more.

Keep the Fun Element

Adding a bit of fun to the work environment can also relieve workers of the stress, and keep their mental energy levels up. You could mark milestones with a bit of celebration or organize team bonding and building activities, just so you maintain the positive spirit around work.

Final Words

Businesses need their workers to be motivated. The drive that they bring to the job is what keeps companies going. If you are a business owner, manager, or team member, you can use the tips we have discussed here to motivate your team in difficult times.   Featured Image Source: Oberlo
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This article was first published on 29th September 2020


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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