Employee Motivation Ideas to Energize Your Teams
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”—Mark Twain
Let me explain by telling you about a manager named Joan…
Joan was frustrated to the point that she wanted to start yelling at someone. There was a budget crunch on, and she’d had to let some people go. That was bad enough, but then when she asked her administrative assistant, Amy, to pitch in and help, she said she couldn’t do it all.
She tried to motivate her by telling her she’d figure out a way. But the next day she quit. Now she was going to have to get someone else. She never understood why Amy quit, after 22 years with the company. But Amy knew.
From her point of view, Amy had watched as co-worker after co-worker was downsized. She shouldered more and more responsibilities each time and felt as if she had five times as much work. Then Joan had to let Lisa go, a contract worker who worked closely with Amy, and told Amy she’d have to do Lisa’s job, too. When she protested, Joan was unsympathetic.
To make matters worse, Joan had gotten so busy she had to less time to recognize Amy’s work or show her any form of appreciation in any way for months. The Employee of the Month program was not effective. She felt overworked and underappreciated, so she quit. Now she’s a floor clerk at a local homebuilding store. She makes half the money—but has twice the fun, and feels her efforts are recognized rather than ignored. And that’s important to her.
Money attracts people like Amy to the front door of Joan’s company, and rewards and recognition would keep them from going out the back. When asked people usually say they change jobs for more pay, but survey after survey shows that they quit because they just don’t get enough appreciation.
Here’s the thing: People have a basic human need to feel appreciated and to be recognized. If you don’t give them that, they will seek it out elsewhere.
If You Have People who don’t have employee recognition or enjoy their work, Your Company Is Failing To Profit!
It’s About Team Building Ideas and Employee Recognition
Peer recognition is one of the easiest and most effective ways to turn your team around. Peer recognition is:
- Providing staff appreciation and reward them for doing a good job.
- Highly effective because employees know who works hard and deserves recognition.
- Catching people doing the right things and rewarding them.
- Prized by employees because they value each other’s influence more than their supervisor’s.
- Cost-effective, because management can’t be everywhere in the workplace at once.
In my book, Tips ‘N Techniques, I show you how to get your teams and employees to re-engage using peer recognition. There is no risk to you with our complete, money-back guarantee.
Need a real-life example? As a consultant, I developed a program called “My Shining Star!” for a client. I made sure team members had access to an unlimited supply of “My Shining Star!” forms to hand-write a little note about the good job their co-workers did. On the back of the form, we listed the behaviors the company wanted to recognize, including:
- Demonstrates friendly, caring service
- Shows flexibility
- Demonstrates teamwork
- Helps to save money
The “Shining Star” program was a shining success–a team building idea that succeeded to building teamwork, team energy and employee engagement.
Successful organizations motivate and energize their workforces to achieve high levels of productivity, and I have spent hundreds of hours researching and gathering information on what they do that works.
I’ve condensed and summarized these tips for easy implementation so you can quickly:
Improve job satisfaction and employee engagement
- Create innovative and fun ways to reward your team or staff
- Get employees engaged
- Become a more effective manager.
Here Are Some More Of the Powerful Employee Motivation Techniques You’ll Learn From “Tips ‘N Techniques.”
Most are simple to implement and none of them cost a dime.
- 38+ ways to capture suggestions and ideas from your workforce. Includes programs like Suggestion Exhibits, Suggestion Competitions, Continuous Improvement Programs, and Idea Campaigns. You will learn how Harley-Davidson saved $3M in one 30-day idea campaign.
- 58+ ideas on rewards and recognition. You will learn how to use peer recognition programs to make worklife rewarding, improve employee retention, and make people feel appreciated.
- 48+ innovative problem-solving and teambuilding techniques to help people become more create and productive.
- Discover ways S. C. Johnson Wax uses “Issue Boards” to encourage every employee to participate in problem solving.
- How to use “Take-a-risk” coupons.
- All about “They”-busters.
- How Sharp uses “Gold Badges” to insure priority projects get the highest priority.
- 35+ innovative ideas on improving customer service to help you enhance your profits and your service levels.
- “Guest Service Fanatics” at Disney.
- How a Boston furniture store sells more furniture per square foot than any other store in America.
- 20+ strategies on how to improve communication and meetings.
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