THE LIST: Top 3 ways to motivate your staff

January 16, 2013

This new feature, promoted in print and online, is designed to offer quick bites for team development and practice success. We highlight best practices and best products in Top 3, Top 5 and Top 7 lists so that you can take the advice and be nimble in integrating into your practice. 1. Offer S.M.A.R.T. incentives.

This new feature, promoted in print and online, is designed to offer quick bites for team development and practice success. We highlight best practices and best products in Top 3, Top 5 and Top 7 lists so that you can take the advice and be nimble in integrating into your practice.

1.
Offer S.M.A.R.T. incentives.

There’s “smart,” as in a good idea, and then there’s S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and within a Timeframe. Incentives can be a great way to motivate your team, but you and the team need to be clear on expectations and what it means to succeed.

2.
Engage them with new technology.

It won’t be the key to success with every team member, but one way to keep staff engaged is to facilitate professional development that also can improve the patient experience. Think about how you can use new technology research, training, implementation and marketing to offer team members the chance to step up and branch out.

3.
Create opportunities for leadership.

Technology can be a great starting point for learning, engagement and growth, but you can apply similar principles to any new product or specialty you’re considering as a practice. Other great options? Ask people to step up and run point on community outreach, online reputation management or marketing. Delegating can be scary, but it can bring something amazing out of your team.