Motivating Employees: Motivating the Team-Driven Employee

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Some employees are motivated to excel simply by contributing their part in a team environment. As long as these workers feel appreciated and an important part of the work group, they will put out their best effort.

Creating an environment that feeds contribution-oriented works begins with the company culture. Especially in small and growing businesses, it is important to nurture loyalty.

Establishing a culture of teamwork and solidarity will accomplish both -- all staff members will feel more connected to your company and team-motivated workers will have their needs met as well.

One of the best ways to develop a truly team-oriented work environment is for the staff (and you) to have shared experiences that build relationships beyond work. This does not mean that everyone must be best friends, but rather that each employee should have the opportunity to be themselves with the rest of the staff.

Schedule get-together for the staff such as monthly lunches or after-hours social events. Shared experiences, especially fun ones, build bonds among people that make working through conflicts or under stress easier. And, for those employees who are specifically team-driven, the shared experiences will cement their place in the group and keep them operating at 110%.

In addition to scheduled social events, the right culture within the office can keep team-driven workers motivated. Humor is an excellent tool for bonding employees. Find creative ways to include humor at work.

Also, allow your staff to personalize their workspaces, if possible. Making the work space feel like home makes it easier to spend the hours there and, for some, is a constant reminder of why they want to succeed at that job.

Employees who are motivated by belonging to a team and being part of the solution make excellent, dedicated workers in the right environment. Building the right culture for these employees is a good idea all around, motivating the workers who are team-driven and encouraging commitment and loyalty among the entire staff.

About the Author-K. MacKillop, a serial entrepreneur, is founder of LaunchX and authors a small business startup blog. The LaunchX System is designed to help entrepreneurs start a business. Visit LaunchX.com to learn more about adding employees to your business startup.

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