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Hi Karin, I’ve got to tell you my team’s work is pretty monotonous, so filled with repetitive work. Sometimes it feels like a merry-go-round week after week. How do I keep my team motivated when there is so much monotony at work?  #AskingforaFriend

Breaking the Monotony: 6 Ways to Keep Your Team Fired Up

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Feeling stuck on the monotony at work merry-go-round? When tasks feel more monotonous than merry, it’s crucial to inject some energy and motivation back into your team. If your team’s workday feels like a looped replay, this edition is tailored for you. Here’s how you can flip the script on repetitive tasks and keep the team morale high:

1. Talk About It

Instead of trying to persuade your team that those repetitive tasks shouldn’t feel like monotonous work, make that conversation visible. You can say, “Hey, I get that a lot of this work can feel repetitive and not that exciting, and I want us all to feel good about coming to work each day. What can we do to make this coming year the best year ever?

2. Connect to the Bigger Picture

Sometimes, the key to engagement is reminding your team why their work matters. Connect their tasks to the organization’s larger goals and show them how their efforts contribute to the bigger picture. When people understand the impact of their work, they find more meaning in even the most repetitive tasks.

3. Embrace the Power of Small Innovations

When the work feels repetitive, yearning for sweeping changes is tempting. However, seismic shifts are not always necessary or practical. Instead, focus on incremental innovation. Encourage your team to find small, everyday processes that can be improved. These micro-innovations can lead to significant enhancements over time and less monotony at work, and more importantly, they empower your team members to own the transformation.

4. Celebrate Every Success, No Matter the Size

Recognition is a catalyst for engagement. Make it a habit to celebrate successes, no matter how small. Did someone find a way to shave off a few minutes from a daily task? Applaud it. Did the team go a week without a single error in their work? Commend it. These celebrations create positive feedback loops that boost morale and reinforce the value of everyone’s contributions.

5. Set Challenges and Gamify

Turn work into play. Setting up friendly competitions or gamified challenges can make repetitive tasks more exciting. Who can come up with the most innovative solution to a common problem? Can the team beat its previous best performance? This not only makes the workday more engaging but also drives performance.

6. Inject Variety with Cross-Training

Monotony often stems from a lack of variety. Cross-training combats monotony and builds a more resilient team. By training team members in different roles, you not only give them a break from the humdrum but also foster a deeper understanding of the team’s work. This variety can reinvigorate interest and spark new ideas for efficiency and collaboration.

Join the Conversation: Got some tricks for turning the tedious into the terrific? Drop your monotony at work reducing ideas in the comments. Let’s make every day less about the grind and more about the growth.

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Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Workplace Conflict, and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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