In the sales industry, keeping your best employees motivated and happy is key to higher productivity and higher profits. Here are 5 ways to keep your team happy and motivated.
When you are working in sales, having a highly motivated team is the key to achieving excellent results. But, keeping a group of professionals on track over the long haul can be a challenge. Employees who are not motivated and not feeling excited about what they do are at risk of jumping ship. Especially now that the job market is making a comeback, keeping your best employees is crucial. Here are 5 ways good bosses keep their employees happy and motivated:
- They stop by – Checking in with your employees in person and seeing what they are up to is a great motivator. Just showing that you are willing to stop by their office and chat reminds your employees that you are there for them and care about their work.
- They always return calls or emails – When your employee calls you or emails you about a problem, it's important to try to follow up as soon as possible. When you ignore these messages, you are telling them that they aren't important.
- They don't fire for every mistake – At some point, just about everyone has messed up, made a mistake and even caused a lot of trouble for their company. Don't be so quick to fire a good employee for every mistake. It makes everyone in the office afraid to take a risk and makes them worried about their jobs. Worried employees start looking more seriously at other offers.
- They listen well – Being a good listener is a talent and a skill that takes practice. Pay attention to how you listen. Are you thinking about your response or are you focused on what the other person is saying?
- They delegate – Trust your employees to do the jobs you hired them for. When a boss can't trust the team to complete a task or just can't let go of the need to do everything themselves, they are taking away chances for their employees to demonstrate their abilities.
When you are keeping a team motivated it's important to remember to praise your employees and let them know that they are valued. When great workers start looking for a new job, the most common reason they give is lack of appreciation.
How do you keep your team motivated and happy? Let me know in the comments.
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By Melissa Kennedy- Melissa is a 9 year blog veteran and a freelance writer for SalesHeadsBlog, along with helping others find the job of their dreams, she enjoys computer geekery, raising a teenager, supporting her local library, writing about herself in the third person and working on her next novel.