While having to ask people to do more occasionally is an unavoidable business reality, you need to step back and evaluate how you've ended up where you are. Did you set an unrealistic deadline in the first place? Or were there unexpected roadblocks that caused delays? Yep even the best leaders fall into these traps.
Having clarity around what you can do differently next time allows you to incorporate these learnings when discussing the extra hours you're hoping the team can put in. It shows you're committed to maintaining a healthy workplace where additional hours is not the norm. Retros are a great place for this type of upfront honesty and "what can we do better next time" discussions.
But let me be clear. Additional hours should absolutely NOT
be the norm. Because remember, productivity decreases
as more hours are put in. It can lead to burnout and hurt team dynamics if only some members has the flexibility to pitch in.
Look, these are not complicated tips because really, it's not rocket science. The trick is appreciating simple human needs for things like gratitude, respect, a vision for success with meaning and purpose that galvanises your team. Give your people all these and it's a sure fire way to make your people happy enough to do whatever it takes to make things HAPPEN.