You can’t get much more cliched than adding “be more productive” on your list of goals for the new year. The fact that this aim appears so often suggests that steps aren’t being taken to make sustainable changes.
At JTF Marketing, we want you to have the best start to 2021 possible. A clean slate is always refreshing, and it’s important that we all get off on the right foot.
Keep reading for our biggest tip on boosting productivity at work, so that you and your team can achieve this goal and keep it off your to-do list for good.
Maintaining Motivation & High Self-Esteem
Feeling motivated about projects is a huge productivity booster. Luckily, many of us naturally feel more motivated at the beginning of a new year, but it’s important to sustain this drive. Having a motivated team who strives to complete projects successfully and efficiently is every marketing manager’s dream – but it’s no secret that motivation can come in peaks and troughs.
How motivated we feel depends on a variety of factors, including individual personality, willpower and simply our mood each day… but we believe self esteem is the biggest. It’s well known that having high self-esteem links to achievement and fulfillment.
Self confidence is about feeling assured in our abilities – if we feel confident when it comes to our abilities in our role, we’re more likely to start and complete tasks with gusto. Self esteem is about feeling assured when it comes to our value, and this links back to confidence, as if a team member has low confidence in their skills, this will inevitably impact on their own perceived value, thus lowering self esteem and resulting in a distinct lack of gusto.
So, how can you improve your team’s self esteem in 2021 and maximise on those motivational peaks?
The negative implications of feeling isolated at work
With more of us working from home than ever before, it’s easy to feel isolated. Isolation is in direct opposition with motivation and productivity – a team that feels disconnected and unsupported is not going to be a productive one.
It feels exposing to have to ask a colleague if they can do a Zoom call to show you how to add segments to an email list, whereas you probably wouldn’t have thought twice about tapping them on the shoulder in the office. This lack of support can make your team’s confidence in their abilities fall fast and impact on self-esteem.
Low confidence at work more often than not links to a lack of training. If a team member doesn’t have the tools they need to use their complicated software, they’re more likely to put tasks off, find it harder to get into a good flow because they’re having to shift their focus to watch insufficient how-tos online, and ultimately – be less productive.
Invest in training to boost your team
Our biggest tip for having a productive 2021 is this: invest in comprehensive and accessible training that will give your team the skills they need and boost their confidence, their motivation and their success.
You wouldn’t give someone the keys to an articulated lorry without the correct training and license, so why would you allow your team to use complex marketing automation software, such as Marketo, without the relevant training? Especially when without the right know-how, embarrassing mistakes can be made, such as data breaches and broken links, which will only damage confidence even further.
Encouraging your team to be honest about where their confidence is lacking in an open and non-judgemental space is a great way to boost a positive ethos in your workplace in 2021 (whether it’s online or in the office), and in-turn, boost team productivity. A good workplace culture is hugely important, and investing in your team’s development demonstrates clearly that they are valuable and that their success is important – which it is!
If uttering the word Marketo is enough to get your team in a tizz, investing in self-paced Marketo Training from JTF Marketing is something you should consider in 2021. We offer comprehensive Marketo training for entire teams, so that everyone is on the same page, feels confident, and is ready to take 2021 by storm.