Your team is your path to BA success, and keeping them motivated needs to be a prime goal for you. A happy team will produce more, innovate more, and work harder. Motivate your team with these simple yet effective ideas, and please offer more in a comment below!
Verbal praise is always a good start.
You don’t want to overdo it and sound cliché or fake, but please don’t underestimate the power of a well-timed “Great job!” or “You did well on that project.” The more specific you can be, the better, but all praise is enjoyed and appreciated.
Some ideas for praise include:
- Point out how your team member has improved over the past few projects. Again, be as specific as you can be.
- Pick two or three things he or she does well and mention them.
- Single out team members at meetings so everyone can praise and honor them.
- Let clients, stakeholders, and other employees know how team members have performed. Name names.
Find out how you can tangibly reward team members.
You may need to have a conversation with HR, but perhaps there are tangible ways you can reward your team for a job well done.
- Comp time
- Vacation time
- Cash bonuses
- Employee luncheons or dinners
- Perks such as close parking spaces, lunch tickets, or gift cards
- Letters of recommendation in their permanent files
Anything a team member can hold in his or her hand is tangible, meaningful praise.
Allow team members to choose their spots in the next project.
When it’s time for a new project to begin, let your team members decide where they’d like to fit in. Perhaps a software analyst would like to be the acting BA for this project and work under you. Or another member would like to be in charge of the schedule for the project when she normally does data analysis. Let them pick which hats they want to wear.
Enlist team members in training others.
There is no higher praise than being asked to train someone else. Is there anyone who would benefit from your team’s expertise? Ask to have a new person put under your high-performing team members, and watch both people grow and blossom.
Or do some training yourself.
Take a team member under your wing who has expressed interest in becoming a BA. Take this prime opportunity to teach and learn from this person, and you’ll be surprised at how much you have to talk about. Don’t be afraid to mentor your team members, even if their jobs seem a bit removed from the BA position.
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