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You offer flexible work hours to keep employees' home and work lives balanced. You send out satisfaction surveys to gain feedback about what your employees are thrilled with and what they'd like you to change. You sponsor the company softball team to promote camaraderie and hand out bonuses at the office holiday party to acknowledge their hard work.
But what are you doing to keep yourself motivated and passionate about your work?
As a company leader, it's important for you to stay excited about your work. If you lack passion, it can quickly undo all the hard work you've put into building up office morale. Here are five ways to keep your motivation when you're the boss:
1. Revisit your mission statement.
A 2015 survey by Virgin Pulse found that 38 percent of respondents said they loved their company's mission statement. Do you still fully believe in yours?
Revisiting your mission statement will remind you what got you excited about your business in the first place. If you realize parts of the statement are now irrelevant, consider revising it. Companies and people change; it's possible that what you originally found worthwhile in your mission statement no longer excites you. Think about each aspect of your statement and decide if keeping it will help you do the type of work you want to do and achieve your goals. Rework the parts of your statement that that lack passion so it once again inspires you.
Part of my personal mission statement is to find innovative solutions that help people help themselves. At times, I have needed to refocus my daily work to be less process oriented and more creative and focused on others.
2. Join a brainstorming session.
I'm not talking about a big picture how-do-we-meet-quarterly-goals brainstorming session. Get down in the trenches and attend meetings about smaller projects. And participate.
As a boss, it's very likely that you no longer work with others as much as you used to. But being disconnected can be a major motivation killer: research from Gregory Walton and Priyanka Carr revealed that people who believe they are working on a problem with others are more involved in the task. Getting actively involved in brainstorming sessions allows you to get back to working with others.
Employees shouldn't feel like you're in the conference room to watch over their shoulders. Let them know you're there to spark your own creativity. Ask questions and see how they problem solve. Maybe the design team doesn't really need your involvement, but seeing how they approach a project can give you some new ideas and inspiration.
3. Mentor a new hire or intern.
We face a harsh reality that, over time, we can all become a little jaded. If you want to rediscover the passion you once had for your work, spend time with someone who still has that pure excitement.
This past year, I helped a mentee who was on the wrong career track change directions to be more in-line with what he wanted to pursue. His questions also challenged my assumptions about how I should be spending my days.
Take the time to mentor a new hire or an intern, and you'll find they have as much to teach you as you do for them. These are the people who are coming into your company with fresh eyes and new ideas. Getting feedback from them will help you clear out the "cobwebs" that have started making your job feel lackluster.
I've been similarly rewarded through a mastermind group in which I meet with successful people who I can teach and advise on what I know best, and in turn learn about more areas in which I'm less knowledgeable.
4. Know when to delegate -- and when not to.
This has always been an important piece of advice for time management. However, just because someone else can do a specific task doesn't mean you should give it up if you love doing it. For instance, there's no reason for you to attend every job interview, but if you love being involved in the process, don't give it up completely.
Before you decide to delegate a task you enjoy, take into account how much it helps your motivation versus how much time it actually takes out of your day. If there's a way for you to shuffle things around and spend an hour a month interviewing exciting job candidates, make it happen. Personally, I find it rewarding to help our clients navigate tricky situations. Even though my customer support team can manage these tasks, I jump in and help out every now then.
Remember that being the boss doesn't give you permission to pass something onto someone else just because it bores you. Find ways to make dull tasks more appealing. For example, if you dread monthly financial meetings, consider holding them in a private room of your favorite restaurant so you have something to look forward to.
5. Participate in employee engagement activities that promote wellness.
The aforementioned 2015 survey by Virgin Pulse found that the No. 1 factor affecting employee happiness was good health. It's hard to expect employees to be motivated if they're in poor physical or emotional health. The same goes for you.
Organize office activities or competitions that promote health and wellness, and take part in them. For example, you can give out pedometers to everyone in the office (yourself included) and reward the top walkers each week. This will encourage you and your employees to exercise. One of my simple favorites is to encourage team members to take a walk outside on any particularly nice days.
Working together toward wellness goals creates a support network everyone can draw on to help relieve stress. Just because you're the boss doesn't mean you can't lean on this foundation when it comes to your health and overall satisfaction with your position.