Name: Ben Eubanks Twitter: @beneubanks Personal Website/Blog: www.upstartHR.com Bio: Ben is an HR professional and blogger located in Huntsville, AL. During the day he works as an HR specialist for a startup defense contractor. He spends his evenings blogging about leadership, people, and culture, volunteering with local nonprofits, and playing with his new twin girls. While still early in his career, his passion for helping others is apparent in what he has helped create, including the HRevolution conference, a social media mentoring program for HR professionals, and numerous eBooks and articles. Before he started in the HR field, he worked to help people build their careers into something they could be proud of. Now he helps employees grow and develop their careers from inside the company. What's your favorite career related quote? “A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” (Alexander Hamilton) What's your favorite part about being a CAREEREALISM-Approved Career Expert? I have a passion for helping people find a career that they love, and this is a great way to reach many people who are seeking assistance. Articles written by this expert: 4 Tips from an HR Insider Second-guessing Your Career Choice? Wow! Was that a Marathon or an Interview? Can I Be Fired for This? Discrimination at Work Not Necessarily a Bad Thing 14 Ways to Research Company Culture Join The Crowd: Create Your Own Job
October 04, 2011
Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.
All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!
Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.
Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.
Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.
Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.