Leadership and Productivity

How to Motivate Your Team Regardless of Your Company Size

by Sheyaf Hashim

Aside non-profit organizations, the aim of every company is to maximize profit, and this is only possible when workers are very efficient with their tasks. One of the major ways through which companies ensure efficiency is by engaging its workers in teamwork. A team is a collection of individuals who are independent in their tasks, share responsibility for their outcomes, see themselves and are seen by others as an intact social entity. Since business owners have come to understand the importance of teamwork in the productivity of a company, they pay keen attention to the development of teamwork skills among their employees.

Being a competent team leader requires putting effective communication channels in place and knowing how to motivate your team. However, it has been discovered that managing and motivating teams is somewhat but not totally dependent on the size of the company. 

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Relationship between Company Size and Team Motivation

It can be easy to manage and motivate teams in a Small and Mid-size Companies where the number of employees is below 50 and 250 respectively . For large companies where the workers are over 1000, team leaders have more work to do since the number of their team members could be many. For large companies, team leaders are usually very experienced people who not only understand what leadership is but also have a good work-life balance since they have to manage quite a large number of people. Team leaders in small companies only deal with few members and it is easier to oversee them. Therefore, as a company grows, team motivation strategies that have worked in the past may begin to look obsolete. As a team leader, one must cope with the growing size and not lose the company’s corporate culture. However, the nitty-gritty of how to motivate your team in a large company lies in your leadership qualities.


Differences between Team Motivation in Small and Large Business Environment

Now, we understand that company size is a major determinant of the set of team motivation skills which a team leader must possess in order to get the best out of teamwork. We also need to know what to expect as a team leader in either small or large business environment. The following highlight their differences.

  • Team motivation in large business environment requires more experience and diverse skills in order to efficiently manage the large team while moderate experience is adequate to manage a small team in small business environment.
  • Team leaders can immediately detect the result of team motivation in small business environment while it requires intensive observation in large business environment.
  • Flexibility and more convenient communication is encouraged in small business environment team motivation while they are not easily achieved in large business environment.



How to Motivate Your Team Effectively as a Team Leader

Here are some tips that will not only help you offer credible motivation to your team members but will also help you exhibit exceptional leadership skills and make you top-rated whenever the need arises to discuss what is leadership among key players in your industry.

  • Set SMART goals: Set goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. Don’t leave your team members confused and of course carry them along as you set the goals
  • Make work fun: Have hang-outs, have meetings over coffee from time to time. Of course don’t let them feel too relaxed about their work but don’t let them feel too burdened
  • Create an environment of oneness: You shouldn’t make your team members feel they are in competition with one another. Help them understand that all the members of the team including you make up just one unit, it shows your expertise in principles of management
  • Correct mistakes privately but praise publicly: Even if mistakes have to be corrected in public, make sure it’s a constructive criticism. Praise publicly, this will encourage others to work on how to be successful with their tasks
  • Invest in your team members: Teach them, help them grow. That way they know it’s not just about them delivering but you are also interested in their progress. Don’t forget to pay them their worth

Written by Sheyaf Hashim

Managing Partner and Account Director at Ubrik Media

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