There are a variety of ways that you, as a manager, can motivate your team. Discuss with the interviewer how you ensure your employees are consistently motivated.
Some ways that great managers will motivate their team:
- Encouraging the act of learning from mistakes vs. punishing mistakes
- Paying bonuses or offering increases attached to stretch goals
- Offering to pay for continued education or self-development opportunities
- Giving public kudos for a job well done
- Providing flexibility in work hours
- Avoiding micromanagement and allowing self-led exploration
"To motivate my team, I like to offer trust and autonomy as often as possible. When I show my team that I have trust in the work ethic presented, the team delivers better results than I ever imagined they would."
"I like to be motivated by compensation rewards such as monthly or annual bonus' so I think I will have contests with financial rewards, available for my new team. Gift cards, discounts, free coffee, and the like - are often well received by employees and are motivating goals to reach."
"I use a variety of strategies to motivate my team, depending on their interests and personalities. My top methods of motivation include financial rewards, continued education opportunities, and opportunities for advancement. My highest performers often respond to all three methods."
"I believe that positive reinforcement is the best way to motivate anyone, so I spend time looking for them to do well. The bottom line in any sales organization is, of course, achieving net sales, so I take the time to celebrate when goals are met and exceeded. Being able to provide feedback in a way that doesn't sound like criticism is a skill that is quite important in a manager."
Your strategies sound empowering, positive, and thoughtful. Well done!
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