Teams are  the way that  most companies get important  work done. When you combine the energy, knowledge, and skills of a motivated group  of people, then you and your team can accomplish anything you set your minds to.

Weekdone.com recently took  a look  at some of the mistakes leaders  make that  drive away their top talent. As they suggest, “Reflect  on your behavior, fix these mistakes, and get  ready to  boost your team performance and motivation.”

Try these powerful ways to keep the members of your team motivated and giving their very best on the job.

Pay your people what they are worth

When you set your employees salaries, be sure that their pay is consistent with what other companies in your industry and geographic area are paying. Remember: 26 percent of engaged employees say that they would leave their current job for just a 5 percent increase in pay. Don’t lose great people because you’re underpaying them.

Give positive feedback and reward your team

The power of positive praise is sometimes overlooked but recognizing and applauding achievement inspires team members as they can see themselves progressing towards the goals of the company. When employees achieve results, put in extra effort or do outstanding work make sure to tell them that you’re grateful and be specific in your praise. For example, don’t just say good job, explain why it was a good job and how it helped to benefit the business. This will not only motivate your employee but help them succeed with future work. Reward your team for hard work, whether this in the form of monetary rewards, gifts, perks or more responsibility and independence.

Offer opportunities for self-development

The members of your team will be more valuable to your organization, and to themselves, when they have opportunities to learn new skills. Provide your team with the training they need to advance in their careers and to become knowledgeable about the latest technologies and industry news.

Foster collaboration within the team

According  to  Weekdone.com,i  39 percent  of employees don’t  feel that their input  is appreciated. Encourage the  members of your team to  fully participate by inviting  their input and suggestions on how to  do  things better. Ask questions, listen to their answers, and, whenever possible, implement their solutions.

Encourage happiness

Happy employees are enthusiastic and positive members of the team, and their attitude  is infectious. Keep an eye on whether or not your people are happy with their work, their employer, and you. If they’re not, you can count on this  unhappiness to spread.

Don’t punish failure

We all make mistakes. It’s  part of being human. The key is to  learn valuable lessons from those mistakes so we don’t make them again. When members of your team make honest mistakes, don’t punish them– instead, encourage them to try again.

Set clear goals

In one study, 63 percent of employees reported that they wasted time at work because they werent aware of what work was a priority, and what wasnt. As a leader, it’s your job to work with the members of your team to set clear goals. And once you do that, make sure everyone knows exactly what those goals are, what their relative priority is, and what the teams role is ini reaching them.

Don’t micromanage

No one likes a boss who is constantly looking over her shoulder and second-guessing her every decision. In fact, 38 percent of employees in one survey reported that they would rather take on unpleasant activities than sit next to a micromanaging boss. Provide your people with clear goals (see number 7, above), and then let them figure out the best way to achieve them.

Avoid useless meetings

Meetings can be an incredible waste of time–the  average professional wastes 3.8i  hours  in unproductive meetings each and every week. Create an agenda for your meetings  and distribute it in advance. Invite only the people who really need to attend, start  the meeting on time, and then end it as quickly as you possibly can.

Give positive feedback and reward your team

The power of positive praise is sometimes overlooked but recognizing and applauding achievement inspires team members as they can see themselves progressing towards the goals of the company. When employees achieve results, put in extra effort or do outstanding work make sure to tell them that you’re grateful and be specific in your praise. For example, don’t just say good job, explain why it was a good job and how it helped to benefit the business. This will not only motivate your employee but help them succeed with future work. Reward your team for hard work, whether this in the form of monetary rewards, gifts, perks or more responsibility and independence.