Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the best out of people? There is undoubtedly no better investment than investing time in our people, who, after all, are the leaders of tomorrow! When you have an employee who is not performing to the level they can be, you need to get the best out of them. If you are in a leadership role and have people not performing on the job, it will take time to improve their performance levels.

In this article, we will look at how you can get the best out of people.

1. Motivate

This is the most important step in getting the best out of people. You need to motivate your employees. Motivation is not the same as being positive and encouraging, but rather getting employees to want to achieve their goals. Employees can be motivated by many things. Some of these might be:

Money – paying above the market rate for certain jobs. For example, some people will do better work for the money than for job satisfaction. And this will also help in getting the best out of staff.

Recognition – give feedback and praise to staff, even if it is not needed.

Appreciation – make staff aware of what they do well and what can be improved upon.

Possibility to realize a dream – some people have goals in life that they would not be able to achieve without staff support.

Working with people will also motivate them. Some people will enjoy working more than being a member of the staff. Being a manager can be a cool experience because you get to work with people who are competent and motivated.

2. Solve problems

Managers are very good at solving problems, especially staff problems. As you have probably realized that many employees do not perform well, and this will force managers to work harder to solve whatever problem they are having with staff. Good managers are often specialists in solving problems. When someone is not performing, or when the manager is not happy with the work of an employee, they will be motivated to solve this problem.

3. Hold regular meetings

The most important part of getting the best out of staff is to provide positive feedback on a regular basis and, if necessary, discuss problems. This can be done through weekly one-on-one meetings and/or team meetings.

4. Plan ahead

Those who plan ahead work ahead. Do not respond to situations as they occur, but rather plan ahead and create a schedule. When you plan ahead, you can also get the best out of people. You can provide feedback to staff and see if they improve. If the feedback is not good, you can talk with them and plan ahead how they will improve the situation the next time. You see yourself as a problem solver, so you are motivated to solve problems with employees. You are also motivated to help employees get promoted.

5. Encourage staff to grow

Those who encourage their staff to grow have the best chance of getting the best out of people. There is a saying that “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. If you do not have a supportive staff, your business will not grow. And without growth, there will be no chance of getting the best out of staff.

6. Set goals

Setting goals is a great way to get the best out of staff. For example, you might want to set a goal of increasing profit by 20%. To do this, you might need to figure out what you make per hour and also how much more you can make. Then you can set a goal of increasing the staff by 20%. This way, staff know what they will be expected to do and will be motivated to do their best.

7. Encourage creative thinking

You will get the best results when you encourage creative thinking, as this will motivate staff to come up with ideas for improvements, which can lead to increased performance levels. Creative people are always looking for ways to improve a situation. When you encourage creative thinking, you will motivate them to be creative.

8. Give staff responsibility

You must trust your employees. Otherwise, they won’t be able to get the best out of staff and will become very frustrated. If you don’t trust your employees, they won’t really feel motivated to do their best. If you do trust them and then give them the responsibility of making decisions and solving problems, they will feel empowered and will do the best work possible.

Of course, you can do many other things to get the best out of people. The most important thing is to be aware of the needs of your people and provide them with what they need.

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