Bill Gates once famously said: “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” His statement shows more than someone with a sense of humor, it also shows an IT leader capable of understanding the fundamentals of business; how to get the best out of people.
It’s clear that motivation plays an important role in getting the best out of your workforce. It shows in productivity and output, client satisfaction and job satisfaction. It reflects in labour turnover and ultimately the bottom line of your business. In simple terms, it’s essential to have a motivated workforce to have a successful business.
With this in mind, here’s five ways IT leaders can motivate their teams to get the best out of them:
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a scary word. In fact, many studies suggest that AI has made the tech word even easier to navigate. AI has been shown to help resolve mundane everyday tasks, freeing up teams to get on with the job in hand. But as an IT leader, your role isn’t simply to adopt AI. It’s also important to educate your workforce about how it’s an investment in their future too.
Wellbeing has become a buzzword of modern times, with good reason. With employees connected night and day, working longer hours than ever before, it’s important to recognise down-time. Paid-time off (PTO) is something that all IT leaders should promote. Creating a culture that accepts the downtime as much as working hard, is the most effective way to create a motivated, refreshed and revived workforce.
In the industry, one of the big trends we’re seeing in all markets is a more personalised approach to marketing. Customers no longer want to be treated as a mass entity, but as individuals. The same is true of employees.
As an IT leader, this starts with getting to know your team; knowing their strengths, their weakness, their interests and passions, and playing to all of these. This ‘intersectional’ approach is about treating everyone as an individual and it has very positive results.
It may be a surprise to know that money isn’t always an incentive. In fact, research suggests that the more people focus on salaries, the less they will focus on satisfying their “intellectual curiosity” –a key component in what makes people perform to their best. A good leader will look for other incentives to inspire their team. This might be time off in lieu, the option to volunteer, or flexible working hours.
Today’s tech entrepreneurs are ever-conscious about the choices they make. As such, they want to work for companies that align with their values. Having a corporate social responsibility programme in place is one way to promote your company as an attractive place to work. If you’re unconvinced, just look at the figures. A recent survey found that 88 percent of millennials today want to work for a company whose values reflect their own.
In an era where neither a job nor an employee, is for life, it’s important for IT leaders to do all they can to keep great talent. Failing to do so will reflect in poor engagement and output – a hard place for many companies to come back from.
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Author: Stephen Kilgallon
Stephen has recently relocated back to Ireland from Canada where he spent his time was spent working for the world’s 2nd largest recruitment company. Stephen has a proven track record in the building of technical and c-suite teams for globally recognised brands, SMEs and start-up organisations both locally and internationally.