Work Sprints: Keep Motivated
If you challenge your employees with long work weeks or late nights, you can expect to encounter some trip-ups.
There are, however, some tried and trusted tactics that you can use to make sure that your employees are happy and healthy.
You can’t quite call them sprints; they are rather like fun runs through the park. They are little work challenges that keep up the motivation – quite like video games. If you challenge your employees with long work weeks or late nights, you can expect to encounter some trip-ups. There are, however, some tried and trusted tactics that you can use to make sure that your employees are healthy and happy. And then they will look forward to your sprints instead of running away from them.
USE SPRINTS SPARINGLY
In a bid to make huge profits, some start-ups work 7 days a week for several months. Unfortunately, after a while, their productivity will decline because of the mental drain. Their morale may also take a beating. Sprints can’t be your long-term strategy. They should be short-term. Use them sparingly. If you don’t use them correctly, you won’t be able to take advantage of their strength.
Sprinting is fine if you want to redesign your site or system or make big architectural changes, but it’s not fine if you ask them to sprint non- stop for a year. That’s just an unattainable goal! Keep it real, keep it short.
You should tell your team what is coming, at least a few weeks in advance. If you are planning a site redesign that will require your employees to work overtime, let them know weeks in advance. This will allow them to prepare for this time. Your employees have their own personal commitments. By informing them weeks or months in advance, you show them that you respect their private lives. After making the announcement, you should ask your employees if they want to request days off during this time, because you won’t be able to give a time-off in the busy season.
MAKE A CALL FOR IDEAS
Make a call for great project ideas. Ask your team members to submit their ideas. When you give them an opportunity to contribute to the project and become an indispensable part of it, they will be more enthusiastic about your sprints. If you are truly generous, don’t hesitate to honour your employees with the ownership of their ideas.
SET A TIMELINE
Organize a team meeting and let them know what your expectations are. Tell them that they will be working for a certain number of hours per day for a certain number of days per week to accomplish a certain goal. It is okay to be slightly negotiable. However, if you believe that your employees can achieve this, don’t pay heed to minor objections. Clearly explain what you expect from your team members and specify a timeline. Do not forget to keep everybody updated.
HAVE FUN WITHOUT LOSING STEAM
Do whatever you can to keep your people motivated. Offer snacks with project updates. This is not exactly a revolutionary idea, but your team will readily appreciate the breaks on a long working day. Reward employees with a gift certificate or something like that for delivering exceptional service. You should also celebrate important milestones. Do whatever you can to share successes on a regular basis.
GIVE WHAT YOU WANT
If you expect your employees to give their 150%, you should also be willing to do it. Lead by example. Show them how they can accomplish the goal without upsetting their work/life balance.
DON’T LOSE FOCUS
You should know how to deal with distractions. Your goal should be making progress. This might involve cutting a few projects. Be flexible. If an employee cannot make it to the office, allow them to work from home.
After finishing the sprint, let your team enjoy their life outside of work.