Burnout has become somewhat of a chronic condition in the workplace these days. While not healthy, it’s not something that we have to settle for as leaders or as employees. When you’re up against a major project or deadline and your team is lacking motivation, try these 3 neuroscience based hacks to stoke their fire.

  1. Find a way to connect their current project to the bigger company vision, and then make sure that others know about it. Our values and the company values are things that matter to employees – but so is knowing that their menial tasks are part of the bigger picture. Ensure your team gets outside recognition for their efforts so they feel seen and appreciated.

  2. Challenge them to the 10:1 exercise. Give the team a little extra time on the project and encourage them to prioritize innovation in the process rather than speed. Simply put, ask them to generate 10 ways that they could do this project better than they’ve done it in the past – and then to pick their top solution and present it to you. This encourages creative thinking, lets them think outside the box and also gives them a chance to practice their speaking and debate skills.

  3. Gamify the process. Can you find a way to make the project competitive, or incentivize its completion? Offer the afternoon free if they can reach the deadline early. Find a genuine way this project connects to their larger career roadmap and point that out clearly to them – encouraging them to create results that they can add to their professional resume and use when they’re ready to transition. The attention to their path means just as much as the fun of the gamification.

Would you try something unconventional like one of the above ideas to motivate your team? Creative solutions are a key responsibility for leaders and modelling an open minded approach to motivation will create strong leaders on your team as well.

My name is Laura Weldy, and I’m a women’s leadership coach. I help women in the workplace become confident leaders by tackling their mindset head on so they can think like a leader before they have the job title. I do this through professional coaching, virtual coaching, small group masterminds and powerful courses. If you’re looking to become more successful and fulfilled at work, let’s talk! I’d love to help you build an action plan for success. Click here to apply for a free coaching consultation with me directly!