This is one of the big challenges of any manager. How do you ignite the “fire” within your employees.

What can a manager do to engage his team?

Here are a couple of ways to start motivating your team and engage them:

1. Believe in them – you need to be sure and never stop believing that people can make extraordinary things happen. You need to establish trust with them by applying candor, transparency, and always giving them credit for good performance

2. Create personal and professional connection with them – create connection and keep people informed and in conversation. Good leaders get into everyone’s skin, exuding positive energy and optimism.

3. Engage them – let employees be active in helping make things better. As them for ideas on how to improve the process and follow on them, if they create a great benefit for the company. More often then not employees can improve on the process and make it more efficient.

4. Celebrate every small win! – If you cannot afford raises, show your affection and celebrate for the dedication you receive every day in another ways

5. Manage change – All managers need to be great change agents and this includes helping people transition. Information is key here. Share the situation, the vision, the plan, and how they are impacted and can participate. Good leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions, gut calls and inspire risk taking and learning by setting the example.

6. Increase flexibility – If you are asking people to help you out, consider being more flexible whenever possible. With schedules, hours, how you do things, meeting times and structures, tasks.

7. Promote your vision – You cannot expect your employees to be any more engaged or connected to the vision than you are. Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it!

8. Give them a voice – people want the opportunity to speak their minds and have their ideas, opinions, and feelings heard, regardless of their nationality, gender, age, or culture. Always provide feedback on their ideas and opinions and when you get a great idea always implement it as soon as possible and keep them in the loop! (also give them credit)

9. Respect them – give them dignity – people inherently and instinctively want to be respected for their work and effort and individuality.

10. Push them! – leaders probe and push with a curiosity that borders on skepticism, making sure their questions are answered with action.Questioning, however, is never enough. You have to make sure your questions unleash debate and raise issues that get action.

Would love to hear your comments on how your ways of engaging your employees