Motivation has been found to be the #1 influence on people’s performance, so how to determine how to best motivate your project team members can be quite difficult. Assuming that team members are paid a fair salary, project team members can be more motivated by such things as:
- Recognition/Attention (From Project Manager/Team Member’s Manager/Executives)
- The Work Itself
- The Chance to Learn New Skills
- Paid Time Off, as an Appreciation of a Team Members Hard Work
- Write a Hand-Written Thank You Note to Show Your Appreciation
- Social Gatherings, such as: lunches, offsite dinner, softball game or movie night
- Give Each Team Members a Rewarding Job Title
- Ask Team Members to Take on a Leadership Role
- Team Spirit Awards or Take a Team Photo to Display for All to See
- Pizza/Bagels/Cookies/Cakes: Surprise your team members with a special treat
- Provide Feedback in a Positive Manner
- Don’t Assign Unrealistic Deadlines: Few people will work hard if they know that a goal/deadline is impossible to achieve
- Ignore Good Efforts/Hard Work: People will work harder if they feel like their work is appreciated. Most times, all this takes is public praise for a job well done
- Create a Low-Quality Project: If the project is not of high-quality, few people can be proud of working on that a project that is not meaningful or beneficial
- Give Everyone on the Project a Bonus: If everyone on the project team receives the same reward, then high-quality/hard-workers will believe that mediocre work from other team members is acceptable and their effort and dedication of going above and beyond is not valued the same
- Make an Important Decision Without the Team’s Input: Getting Buy-ins from your team members is very important. If the project managers needs to make a decision that greatly affects the members in his or her team, that he or she should involve the project team in the decision-making process.
- Maintain Poor Working Conditions: Having a good working environment increases motivation in the team, such as: lighting, desk space, technology, privacy from interruptions, and reference resources.
What tips have you used to help motivate your project team members?