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How to Motivate Your Team to Continue Staff Development

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How to Motivate Your Team to Continue Staff Development

Inspiring your staff to work on self-improvement is critical to ensuring team success. A motivated, knowledgeable, high-energy team can accomplish anything they set their minds to. But motivating your staff is sometimes easier said than done. So what can you do as a sports facility manager to keep your team motivated? In this article, SFM shares a few powerful ways to ensure your team is inspired to improve their performance.

Encourage Ownership of Your Employees’ Work

One of the most impactful ways you can get the best out of your team is by encouraging ownership of your employees’ work. Involve them in goal setting and activity planning. They may have unique insights into their work that you never imagined. When employees feel like they have input in decisions, they become invested in the results and perform their best to ensure success.

Offer Opportunities for Self-Improvement

Work stagnation is one of the top factors in employee dissatisfaction. No one wants to feel like they have hit a ceiling in their position. Provide your team with the training they need to continually improve and learn new skills in order to advance their career. You will be rewarded with team members who are knowledgeable about their industry and invested in their own growth.

Foster Collaboration

Employees who feel their input is unappreciated will become discouraged, because their extra effort to collaborate feels like a waste of time. Encourage your team to fully participate in your business by inviting their input, asking questions, and taking their answers seriously. Whenever possible, implement their solutions and reward them for success.

Don’t Punish Failure When Your Team Put in the Necessary Effort

We all make mistakes and decisions that don’t work out. Learning from those mistakes so we don’t repeat them is crucial for any business. If your team member put in the necessary effort into one of their proposed ideas but it didn’t work out, don’t punish them. Instead, collaborate with them to prevent future mistakes. Study the success and failure of the project with them so you both learn and improve.

Reward Success by Paying Employees What They are Worth

According to a survey by Glassdoor, one of the largest hiring firms in the US, 45% of employees that changed jobs cited their salary as the determining factor for them leaving their previous place of employment. Ensure your employee’s pay is consistent with what other companies in your region and industry offer. Don’t lose great employees because you are underpaying them.

Don’t Micromanage

Micromanagement stems from one thing: lack of trust. If you don’t trust your employees to succeed without you looking over their shoulder, they probably shouldn’t be doing the job. You hired them for a reason, trust that they have the skill and motivation to achieve the goals you worked together to create.

Contact Sports Facilities Management Today

If you are looking for management insight into your sports facility, trust the industry leader — Sports Facilities Management. To get started, contact our team today at 727-474-3845 or email our team directly at

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