5 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Posted On:03.01.2019

Atlanta, Georgia – In every organization, even a kick-ass one like ours that gets to make people laugh every day, both on stage and in our corporate workshops, there’ll be times when staff, and even managers, aren’t feeling super-motivated. It’s natural.

As a company that works with teams in the areas of creating a culture where each team members feels valued, respected and supported, we know engaged, happy staff are just as important as happy customers.

Here are a few tips that you can use to motivate your staff.

Ways to Motivate Your Employees

5 Easy ways to Motivate Your Employees

Purpose – Connecting staff the bigger picture
Everyone wants to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. Through the work we do in our Team Building Workshops, we see that no matter what role someone has within an organization, they don’t want their work-life to be a repetitive loop of “go to work, do the job, head home and get paid”.

Employees want to know how their work impacts the larger goal, how they impact their colleagues, their value in the big picture. Take time to show them how their efforts directly benefit the organization. And take it one step further to show how their role aligns with their values and the company’s mission statement and values.  

Autonomy – Let them be
No one, or no one I know, likes being micro-managed. It can pretty deflating to feel your manager is constantly checking in to make sure you’re doing the job at hand, whatever that is. I remember reading Daniel Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” and he highlighted a few things that motivate people at work (not related to money), and one was autonomy.

If you’re always hovering, rethink your approach. Purposely step back and empower your staff. Lay out expectations and boundaries, but let them take ownership…chances are good you’ll be happy with the results.

Create a Team Feel – Connect them to each other
People spend a lot of time at work. It’s important they like coming through the doors every day and look forward to working with their team. Make a point of consistently connecting the group through your actions and group activities.
One way is by setting team goals, and rewarding staff as a group, rather than individually if at all possible. Schedule fun activities that bring the team together…here’s a blog with a few ideas on fun team building activities

You can thank the entire team at a meeting, or thank people one-on-one when warranted. And even send a quick note (written or via email), to say thanks. It goes a long way.

Be a thoughtful, collaborative manager
If a manager is empathetic and actively looks for ways to support his team members, you can bet the turnover rate in their department is very low. Encourage your staff to contribute their ideas and opinions, and when they do, make it a point to acknowledge these contributions and then build on (give them the “Yes, and”….treatment). Here’s a blog that highlights tips for a collaborative leader that’s a good read for this item.

Practice these ways to motivate your employees and everyone on the team you included, will benefit from the results.

If you’re interested in some of the work we do with organizations throughout the Atlanta-area in the areas of team building and collaborative leadership connect with our Associate Artistic Director Matt Horgan at Matt@dadsgarage.com or by phone at (404) 523-3141 x 205.