10 Ways Leaders Can Re-Energize Their Teams

Oct 15, 2018
| Jean Wiskowski

Read an updated version of this blog: How to Re-Energize Teams When It Matters Most

All companies depend on teams to accomplish key tasks and projects that help move the organization closer to reaching goals and objectives.

However, even the most productive teams and/or individual members can eventually burn out or lose some of their energy, which can result in missed deadlines or substandard work.

This is why it is important for team leaders and managers to know how to re-energize their staff when needed. Doing so can help reignite productivity and enthusiasm, which will ultimately lead to success. These 10 tips can help re-energize your team:

1) Get to Know Team Members and Their Personalities

Sometimes, it’s not the entire team that loses energy – it’s a member or members of the group. For a leader, this can present a significant challenge.

One way to overcome this obstacle is by getting to know your team members, and more specifically their personalities. Each individual is different and requires different methods of managing. Often, a one-size-fits-all approach can make things worse.

By getting to know each member of your team, you’ll learn how to best approach and manage everyone to help bring out their full potential.

Doing so can help improve team performance even when the team doesn’t need to be re-energized!

2) Encourage Continuous Creativity

There are many reasons why a team can lose focus, productivity, or get burned out. It can often be a frustrating thing for teams, especially as deadlines loom.

Managers can take steps to avoid these scenarios by always encouraging team members to be creative and come up with ways to improve current processes or even new initiatives.

When team members feel as if they are making a difference in the business, it gets them more invested in a project (especially if it is their idea). Additionally, this type team dynamic can help take an idea and enable the group to come up with ways to make it even better.

Not only will this help boost productivity, but it will also significantly increase engagement – both of which help re-energize a team.

3) Ask for Feedback

Great managers and leaders take their employees thoughts, concerns, and feedback into account.

This helps individuals feel more valued within an organization and team. It also helps managers find ways to improve engagement and morale within the group.

Teams that have and encourage an open communication style often feel more connected with their manager, knowing that they can come to their leader with concerns that may arise.

This helps reduce stress and potential conflicts, while helping to boost productivity.

4) Celebrate Special Occasions and Milestones

Incentives and rewards play important roles within organizations of all sizes. The same is true for teams within a business.

Whether it is having a group lunch to welcome a new hire, getting a cake for someone’s birthday, or going out to celebrate the completion of a major project, recognizing these types of events can boost a team’s morale, happiness, engagement, and more.

Not to mention it is a great resource for attracting and recruiting new talent to the company!

5) Learn from Your Employees

Many people think that in a manager-employee relationship, it’s the employee who should be learning from their manager. However, the best managers also view reverse learning – where a manager or mentor learns from a team member/mentee – as a tremendous opportunity to improve the dynamic of the group.

Each individual brings something new and unique to the team and represent a learning opportunity for leaders as well as other team members.

Everyone can benefit from learning new skills or ways of approaching certain problems, even managers. Doing so can help teams become re-energized as they learn from their peers.

6) Don’t Let the Team Forget the Big Picture

Sometimes work on a project (especially those with a longer timeline) can become stalled, especially when team members lose focus. When this happens, it is critical for leaders to remind their staff about the goals the team and organization are striving to achieve.

This can help steer the group back on track and re-energize them while also helping to overcome any concerns or obstacles preventing the project from advancing.

Sometimes a team needs to take a step back from their work and re-focus on the end result in order to boost creativity and productivity.

7) Be Empathetic

Employees today want their employers and managers to show empathy in the workplace. Sometimes a team member is going through something that is impacting their work.

When this occurs, it is important for leaders to be empathetic and try to understand what is causing the issue.

Doing so can not only help improve the individual’s performance, but it also shows other team members that their manager and employer care about them. This is critical for boosting employee happiness, loyalty, and retention.

Managers who show empathy to their employees can find ways to help them overcome their problem and become re-energized.

8) Refocus Efforts and Strategies When Needed

Sometimes a project can stall, and it seems like no solution can be found. When this happens, energy and productivity can drop significantly.

To avoid this, leaders should attempt to refocus efforts and strategies in order to get the project back on track. One way to do this is by following one of the tips above -  encourage creativity.

You never know when a team member has an idea that not only solves the issue, but also helps to improve productivity and re-vitalize the team.

Leaders can’t be afraid to step in and alter current strategies if they are no longer working. Doing so can help get the team re-energized to accomplish the task at hand.

9) Be a Role Model for the Team

One of the most important things a leader can do is be a positive role model for their team. Teams tend to reflect the leadership style and work ethic of their manager, which impacts a group’s ability to accomplish their goals.

Especially in the face of challenges, a leader’s ability to be a positive role model can instill a sense of calmness and relief amongst employees, and help the team overcome these issues to reach their goals.

Being a role model also sets the tone and expectations for how the team should conduct themselves, which helps with productivity and energy.

10) Always Express Gratitude and Praise Great Work

Everyone likes to be recognized for their time and effort on a project. For managers, doing so can help re-energize a group by boosting morale, especially during stressful periods.

It’s also important for managers to express gratitude for their team and all that they do for the organization. This helps employees feel that their work is making a difference and helping the company reach key goals.

Additionally, leaders who show their gratitude and praise the work of their team members help improve the employee experience, which is crucial to happiness and retention.

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