2020 is (finally) over.

This past year has not been all negative. Covid 19 added its fair share of challenges throughout the UK and within international companies, especially in terms of agility and flexibility.

2021 should enable companies to apply the lessons learnt in 2020. It must also enable the transformation of work organisation to further their evolution in becoming more efficient and fulfilling for their employees. This is a major challenge for managers who must motivate their teams!

5 keys to motivate your teams in 2021

Productivity is the key to success.

How many times have you heard this sentence? It is a nice sentence, but what does it really imply? That the more productive we are, the more likely we are to succeed? That is probably true.

But the real question is how do we become productive?

Part of the answer lies in our motivation at work. But be careful not to confuse motivation with professional commitment.

Work teams’ motivation is one of the fundamental challenges for a company. It is a vector for performance and growth. Motivation represents all of the factors that determine an employee’s action and behaviour in order to achieve their objectives. Not surprisingly, motivation is one of the major challenges of the managerial function. Managers are the spearhead of their teams.

Discover the 5 keys to motivating your teams in 2021.


2020 has been filled with uncertainties and questions, particularly in terms of health and economic situation. Companies and managers will have to communicate in a transparent manner in order to develop a relationship of trust with their teams on health and job security issues.

Health risks are now part of our daily business life. From this perspective, managers must constantly adapt to deal with potential disruptions and return to “normal” operations in a context of uncertainty. Communication enables us to better understand the needs of our employees in order to set up an all-round work organisation.

Covid 19 has had a major impact on the growth of companies. Favour an honest communication to motivate your teams in 2021. To be able to motivate them, you need to be able to reassure them. Don’t be afraid to own up the backlog accumulated in 2020 and tell your teams to accept that you will not be able to make up for it (in the case where your company‚Äôs performance decreased).

The post-confinement period is a blank page. Therefore, change your habits to commit your teams over the long run. Give them perspective and share the company’s strategy with them. Finally, to adopt clear and transparent communication, you must learn to share SMART objectives with your team:

  • S: Specific
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Achievable
  • A: Relevant
  • T: Time bound

2020 has been a difficult year from both a health and economic standpoint, but it will be necessary to be positive in 2021 to boost the motivation of your teams.

Be positive

Certainly, from an economic point of view, the situation is far from ideal for a large number of companies. We could have done without Covid 19. But you have to know how to Be POSITIVE!

Happy employee at work

The health crisis we are going through has made companies realise how much the world of work has evolved and is constantly changing. Remote work, which was still a utopia for some employees a few months ago, has become a real working method! Isn’t that great news?

The new agility and flexibility of companies is a great way to motivate your teams.

You should also bear in mind that never before has the health and quality of work life (QWL) of employees been put so much in the spotlight. 2020 has been an accelerator for the transformation of working world.

Finally, 2021 will give new meaning to teamwork. With the help of SMART objectives and tailormade work organisation, work teams will be more fulfilled and will better understand their missions.

Lead by example

As a manager, your attitude is a reflection of your team. The success of a company depends on the quality of its teams. Emotions are generally transmitted from one individual to another. This effect is called emotional contagion.

An optimistic and caring manager shows their employees that they have confidence in them. This positive attitude has a direct effect on team members and will motivate them to become more involved.

It should also be noted that each work team is bounded by a framework set up by the manager. In 2021, it will be more important than ever for managers to respect this framework, as much as they ask their team members to respect it. The manager is a full-fledged member of their team and not an outsider.

Leading by example helps to reassure, incite respect and, above all, develop team cohesion; factors that boost employee motivation.

Work on yourself

We cannot tell you enough: Your attitude is a reflection of that of your employees.

It is therefore very important to work on yourself. Get to know yourself and manage yourself before you manage your team. In 1989, Mintzberg informed us that:

The effectiveness of managers is significantly influenced by their introspective view of their own work.

Working on oneself means taking the time to step back and analyse one’s behaviour and attitudes when faced with a positive or negative situation. This is very important in order to manage stress and emotions.

In order to understand your team, you must, first of all, understand yourself and show kindness in all situations. Relationship with your manager is not built overnight. It is a long-term process. But it is worth it because it increases motivation of your teams tenfold.

Stimulate your teams

Motivating teams in 2021 must be based on giving meaning to the work of your employees. During lockdowns, many employees no longer found meaning in their work. It will therefore be very important to stimulate your employees.

But how can you do this?

employees working together at one desk

There are many answers to this question. It all depends on the way your team functions, its size and its desires. We would like to share with you one method that we highly appreciate and implement at Teamii.

It allows you to get out of your comfort zone but also to create social relations with other members of your team. It could seem to me to be a good method for 2021. Reconnecting with colleagues is going to be very important after spending months confined to one’s home.

Once a month, create groups in your team (face-to-face or teleworking) and assign them a new project. Each group will have to present their project to their teammates and set it up the following month through SMART objectives. These working groups bring team members together and give them intellectual stimulation. This is very important for motivating your teams.


2021 must be placed under the sign of renewal. We have to learn from 2020 and the new needs of employees in terms of quality of life at work. There can be no growth without motivation. Managers will have a key role to play in motivating their teams in 2021. In this article we have given you 5 keys that will be very important to motivate your teams in 2021:

  • Communicate
  • Be positive
  • Lead by example
  • Work on yourself
  • Stimulate your teams

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