5 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees (and Themselves) During Difficult Times

Business Leader
December 7, 2018
67 / 100

The recession in the late 2000s and early 2010s brought out the worst in some and best in others.

Numerous industries were affected and thousands of businesses across the world were forced to shut down. Due to the economic downturn, the suicide rate dramatically increased, signifying the fact that a lot of workers and entrepreneurs did not know how to handle the loss of their jobs or companies.

During these dark times, though, there were many employees and long-time and new entrepreneurs who were able to weather the economic storm and stay afloat, eventually maintain financial stability, and achieve moderate success.

Needless to say, these people would not have found the success they experienced if they did not have the motivation to continue working hard and to achieve their goals.

Leaders as Pillars of Motivation

It is safe to say that many people who came out winners from the recent recession found inspiration and the drive to succeed from their leaders.

During difficult times, business leaders have an important role to play in keeping their workers’ morale up and staying productive and loyal to the company. This is something that is highly commendable since these leaders still found a way to stay motivated and inspire their staff even if they themselves may have already felt disheartened during those difficult years.

As a leader, you can motivate your employees and, in the process, find some inspiration yourself to stay positive and continue being productive by following these tips:

1. Revisit the company’s mission, vision, and goals

5 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees (and Themselves) During Difficult Times 1Start building up the morale of your staff by going through the company’s mission/vision and goals again with them. This is a good way to remind everyone why they chose to work in your firm and what they signed up for when they started working for the company.

These important concepts embody the reasons why the organization is in existence. They are great for helping the workers begin focusing on their work again and realize that everything they do matters.

Going over the organization’s mission/vision and goals with your employees is also the perfect opportunity for you to remember the reasons why you are part of the company (if you are a manager) and why you should stay loyal to your employers.

2. Be honest yet optimistic

5 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees (and Themselves) During Difficult Times 2When your team members start asking you about the current situation, be honest. Share with them whatever you know but, as much as possible, avoid sharing your personal inferences or opinions.

Minimizing or trying to hide a negative situation from your employees will not do anything good for all of you. Keep in mind that lying and hiding information will only breed mistrust, suspicion, insecurity, and fear among your workers.

However, remain confident when sharing information with your employees. Focus on the positive impact of the current situation to the organization and the workforce. Remind them that neither you nor the management will not make hasty decisions and actions, and that the company is doing all that can be done to protect the future of the company and everyone in it.

Understanding everything that is happening to the company before talking with your employees and being optimistic will also allow you to have a clearer picture of the present situation and how you can help the organization and everyone deal with it better. This, in turn, will help you stay motivated throughout the tough times.

3. Encourage employees to be part of the decisions and solutions

You can help your staff to stay motivated by allowing them to have a say in certain decisions.

For instance, if working hours have to be cut temporarily, let your employees choose or create their working schedules. By giving them this opportunity, you will enable your employees to feel involved. Additionally, it will give them a greater sense of control about the decisions affecting their lives.

If certain problems are leaving you and other top-level executives stumped, don’t hesitate to ask the employees about their opinions or to come up with possible solutions. Whether the company is looking for ways to cut overheads, reduce waste, or save more money on certain expenditures, give everyone the chance to share their ideas.

When you get great inputs from your employees, you will be reminded of how valuable they are, and knowing this will give you the strength to continue working and fighting for them.

4. Provide opportunities for learning and development

5 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees (and Themselves) During Difficult Times 3In case your employees are facing a lot of downtime, turn these idle times into something more productive.

Initiate team-building activities to allow your employees to build bonds and improve teamwork. Work with HR to create one-day training programs to help employees learn new skills or to refresh their knowledge.

Look for inexpensive or even free learning methods (there are a lot of free training courses you can download online) that will help your staff develop the skills they always wanted to have or learn but did not have enough time to focus on before.

By implementing these activities, your employees will know that you and the company still value them. And by working hard to initiate these activities, you will gain some sense of satisfaction that you are doing something to help your staff learn new things and be productive while they are at work.

5. Share your and the company’s long-term plans

Lastly, you have to remember (and you will do well to remind your team) that hard times do not last forever. Better times will come soon enough; you just need to toughen up and stick together.

Because of this, it is important that you be ready when this time comes. This means coming up with plans that involve the further development of your staff, assignments, and even possible promotions.

But before sharing these plans, ensure you will have the resources and power to implement them. This means making plans that are feasible. Although you want to give hope to your team, do not give them empty promises simply to keep them happy and loyal in the short term.

Once you have come up with these realistic long-term plans, keep your staff constantly informed. Involve them in certain steps as well so that they will be inspired and will work hard to be a part of these future plans.

As your work on these plans and goals, you will be inspired and be excited about the future as well – something that you can easily share with your employees.

To be the best leader during tough times, stay positive and confident. Continue working as usual yet always find the time to talk to your employees. Keep them updated and look for ways to enable them to stay engaged with their work and the company.

Reference:

More Than 10,000 Suicides Tied To Economic Crisis, Study Says

Meet the Author: Salma El-Shurafa

5 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees (and Themselves) During Difficult Times 4Salma  is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

Categories

More Posts:

Product Mistakes You Might Be Making at Your Business

Running a business isn’t easy, and making product-related mistakes can cost your company time and money. From creating products without doing market research to holding excess inventory or failing to file patents, there are numerous pitfalls that you need to be aware...

Tricks for Boosting Productivity at Your Business

Running a successful business requires efficiency and productivity from employees and management. This can be a challenge for many businesses due distractions in the workplace and high workloads that are placed on employees. Fortunately, there are several tricks you...

A Five-Step Guide to Starting a Logistics Company

If you've been considering launching a transportation and logistics company, now is the moment. The transportation and storage sector is very important and profitable. Statistics show that by 2027, the global logistics market would have grown from its 2017 valuation...

7 tricks to work more efficiently online.

Working from home is fantastic until your cat spits on your computer and your child make the work even worse by constantly disturbing you. And across the street, your neighbor begins turning on different noisy equipment and power tools as you can only assume that he...

How to Reduce Your Tax Burden When Operating a Business

As a business owner, you already have many financial responsibilities. Adding on the burden of taxes can be overwhelming. To reduce any stress, you need to find ways to reduce what you’re spending on taxes.  Start a Retirement Plan  Having a retirement plan in place...

​​How to Prevent Lawsuits From Ruining Your Company

No one wants to deal with the hassle and expense of a lawsuit. Unfortunately, lawsuits can happen to any business, no matter how big or small. The best way to protect your company is to take preventative measures to make sure that you are doing everything possible to...

Explaining the What, Why, and How of Strategic Alliance

A strategic alliance is a business arrangement in which two or more companies come together to form a partnership to pursue a common goal. By teaming up, these companies can leverage each other's strengths and resources to achieve their objectives more quickly and...

10 Strategies an Ecommerce Business Needs to Follow to Increase their Customer Base

Online retailers need to drive traffic to their websites to boost sales. It is important to choose the right marketing strategies to drive traffic since not every strategy will work for every business. This article provides an overview of efficient marketing...

Why Digital Menu Boards Are A Game Changer For Restaurants

There are numerous benefits of using digital menu boards in restaurants. The best drive-thru menu boards can be controlled remotely to make updating fast and easy. Convenience is the main focus of drive-thrus. Customers don't need to leave their automobiles to place...

How to Avoid Manufacturing Woes at Your Business

If your business relies on manufactured goods, then you know that there are a lot of potential problems that can occur during the production process. From defective products to missed deadlines, manufacturing woes can cause big headaches for your business.  Here are...

All Categories

Business Operations

Entrepreneur Interviews

Marketing, Networking, & Social Media

Self Care & Personal Development

Working Moms

Business Software and Technology

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Organizing Tips

Sales

Career Building

Family Businesses

Inspiration

Starting Your Own Business

Work-Life Balance

Communication

Hiring Help

Management & Leadership

Time Management & Priorities

Women in Leadership

Recent Posts

Annie Anderson – Business Strategist & WordPress Creator

Annie Anderson – Business Strategist & WordPress Creator

Annie Anderson is the owner and digital creator at Midnight Rebel Digital Co. With over 25 years experience in design and development and more than 15 years experience with WordPress, Annie is a great person to have in your corner when it comes to websites, tech, and systems.

How Startups Can Ensure Health and Safety at the Workplace

How Startups Can Ensure Health and Safety at the Workplace

Everyone, including the owners, management, and staff, is responsible for ensuring workplace safety. All parties must take the proper steps so that no one is harmed while working. If you are looking for ways to keep your workplace safe, here are ten tips to help you out.

Product Mistakes You Might Be Making at Your Business

Product Mistakes You Might Be Making at Your Business

Running a business isn’t easy, and making product-related mistakes can cost your company time and money. From creating products without doing market research to holding excess inventory or failing to file patents, there are numerous pitfalls that you need to be aware...

Occupational Hazards That Come With an Office Job

Occupational Hazards That Come With an Office Job

Working in an office can be a great way to make a living, but it also comes with certain risks. Sitting at a desk for long hours and staring at screens can lead to physical ailments that not only cause discomfort but could eventually lead to more serious health...

How to Make Your Social Media Campaigns More Relevant

How to Make Your Social Media Campaigns More Relevant

Social media is a powerful tool for businesses of all sizes. It allows you to connect with customers and followers in a way that was never possible before. However, it's important to make sure your social media campaigns are relevant to your target audience. Here are...

Work Hazards Common Among Office Workers

Work Hazards Common Among Office Workers

Working in an office environment may seem like a safe job, but there are still a variety of hazards that can put employees at risk. Taking the necessary steps to prevent these risks and protect oneself from potential harm is essential for any office worker. Let's...