Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:34

Providing Inspiration at Work

Written by Ebraheem Al Samadi

There is a true distinction between being a boss and being a leader. A true leader can inspire their employees, finding ways to use this as a motivator and bringing their team together. Many companies misinterpret providing increased salaries and benefits as the only means to get value from employees. Although this is a great incentive, it is not something that reigns much loyalty in the long run, not to mention can be quite cost heavy.

Inspiration for a company and its leaders is far more enduring and provides a strong workforce that will allow for far greater advantages to the business and its future. Many managers, however, find it difficult to inspire their employees. With old-school thinking and a lack of management training, the traditional techniques of handling employees, through hierarchy and strong holding, are ineffective if you wish to have a productive and happy work environment. Those who are inspired have a sense of purpose and a leader that believes in their team will prompt them to have confidence in themselves.

As CEO and Founder of Forever Rose London, Ebraheem Al Samadi, finds that by inspiring his employees and being dedicated to them, it provides a secure bond between the company and workforce, with a mutual appreciation and therefore loyalty. Here he gives his tips on how to inspire employees to create future business success.

1. Take the time

Everyone loves to know there is someone rooting for them. A great way to inspire employees is to treat them as individuals. This can be difficult if you are in a large firm, but by taking the time to make employees feel appreciated as an individual, it will only provide inspiration for the employee to work harder as they feel noticed in the sea of employees.

2. Offer long term benefits

It is undoubtedly known that increases in salary and added benefits will, of course, create a happy employee. If it is loyalty you want then this can be somewhat counterproductive. Employees will be far more inspired by being provided incentives. Think along the lines of added skills or education that will assist in their future progression. If an employee feels they are being invested in, they are far more likely to be inspired to produce their best work, and with their added skills, it will only contribute to the company’s growth.

3. Follow the leader

As the head of the team, employees need to be lead by example. If you wish to inspire, show them through your own actions what is expected. If they see you working with them towards a common goal, with integrity and positivity, they will mirror this in their own work. True inspirational leaders do not dictate what is required, rather they ensure they are showing those around them how to put their best foot forward at all times.

4. Collaboration is key

As a manager, it is your job to ensure that the team is being treated as a whole, with an inclusive attitude towards employees. There is no “I” in team.  Create an environment where all positions are working together to complete projects. A feeling that everyone is accountable for the work to be finished leads to unity and a far more positive work environment.

5. All for one

Aligned beliefs inspire those to follow. Employees that feel they have played a role in the shaping of company values feel they are working towards a common goal and something greater than just themselves. Having a personal connection to the company will mean you have a workforce that stays. Loyalty is key for productivity and the feeling of being in it together is a far greater motivator than any other.