September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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You work with human beings in a project team. I understand your wording "happy" in such a sense how to motivate people to do the work with engagement and commitment. The key is yourself how you work with people on a daily basis, especially how you communicate with people. Some key aspects:
- honest and clear communication
- delegation of tasks with clear roles and responsibilities, decision empowerment
- provide background information
- help people to grow / enrich their capabilities: A key factor to make people "happy"
- Treat the team members as human beings not as resources
- Active listening
'Perform better' is a bit ambiguous. If we are speaking of making the team feel empowered and motivated to perform at their very best, then I would say engagement and transparency are both key factors. When a team understands the full vision of the initiative and how they are part of the solution, working with the team, there is a sense of ownership and relatability to the overall solution.
To add to Peter & Andrew's responses, I'd say that you want to help connect the work they do on your project to their own personal hopes, dreams & aspirations. Of course, that requires that you take the time to learn what those are!
Also, if you treat people like professionals, most will behave that way.
As usual, comments from my discussion-mates above (Peter, Andrew, Kiron) helps me to learn a lot. Trying to add something remember that you are working with people (obviously) and reality is a matter of perception. In fact, a problem is a gap between the perceived reality and the desired reality. The tool that helps me a lot from years is the Maslow Pyramid to understand my stakeholders. And the other tool is the Newton´s Laws (I wrote an article for the PMI but it is in spanish). So, as said above, "perform better", "being happy" is a subjective matter. And that is the "art" component inside the project management practice.
You cannot motivate other people. Only they can motivate themselves. All you can do is provide the safe and supportive environment for them to feel empowered.
I agree with Mr Peter Ambrosy. He mentioned the right solutions.
Stéphane is right you cannot Motivate them, You can put in place the right environment like Peter suggestions. Other suggestions are good in creating the proper context. Team building also improve team performance.
We have many tools and knowledge to prevent and to deal with issues motivating the people. In each individual project, we can use Recognition and Rewards tool, it is the most effective way to motivate and gain cooperation from project team.
To create Recognition and Reward system in your project, you must understand about what a team member hope to gain from the project (required, not optional).
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