While not everyone wants to trash a hotel room or break a guitar into pieces in front of thousands of raving fans, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’d rather not be referred to as a “rock star.” Especially in the business world. There is a reason Steve Jobs formally of Apple uses The Beatles as his business model.
The term is now synonymous with someone who crushes whatever they put their mind to, and almost all employees today would love to be considered a “rock star” within the company. After all, rock stars get attention, accolades, and oodles of cash. Because they have mastered the habit of performing at a higher level every day, driving or creating change, embracing collaboration, and checking their egos at the door.
So how do you inspire your employees to be the rock stars of your organization?
Get to know your employees. Find out what motivates them. Some individuals would prefer financial incentives while others might like extra time off, a flexible work schedule, or added benefits. While most would embrace a shout-out of some sort of recognition. Miami head coach Pat Riley said, “Players don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.” Boom. You must invest and engage in your band members. But you must also be sincere and personal.
Identify “rock star” behavior and then offer bonuses based off their performance. Rock stars need to be team players (unless they’re solo acts), they need to be creative, bold, and willing to reinvent themselves. And those bonuses may be their own parking space, or a funny meme sent around the office.
Offer mentorship or professional development opportunities. Rock stars always want to get better at their craft. Most employees would love to learn and grow, and eventually move up in their organizations. This is part of the great resonation problem. Today’s generation want to be connected to something greater. They expect to be trained, be heard, challenged, and rewarded. All of these points should be part of your interviewing process and for sure part of the onboarding. If you hold a rock star down without the potential to advance, they’ll be looking for another concert hall to perform in.
Encourage well-being outside of work. In order to keep up that rock star energy, your employees need the opportunity to unplug, relax, focus on their personal lives, and attend to their health. Make sure employees’ schedules are as flexible as possible so they can take care of their families and themselves. Encourage them to avoid doing work when they’re off, and insist that they take vacation/recovery time to unwind.
As a leader, you have the power to inspire your team members to be rock stars. For more tips and tricks on how Marvelless Mark can unleash your inner rock star check out https://www.marvellessmark.com/.