22 Freakishly Effective Ways to Motivate Employees

22 Freakishly Effective Ways to Motivate Employees
Recognize a Job Well Done
Boost team spirit with matching swag
Motivation is something that each of us experiences differently not all staff motivation ideas work for everyone.
Gamify Your Most Important Tasks
Focus on Intrinsic (NOT Extrinsic) Rewards
Give Your Team Autonomy
Figure Out What Makes Your Employees Tick
Focus on the WHY
Create an Awe-Inspiring Work Environment
Champion Friendly Competition
Try this: Celebrate successes as a team
Lead with Vision
Remember the Golden Rule
Give Your Employees Ownership in the Company
Offer a Clear Path for Advancement
Create Stretch Goals
Break big goals into more manageable chunks
Introduce novelty
Change locations
Express Gratitude
Practice Transparency
Get in the Habit of Self-praise
When players match, they know they’re working together to achieve a common goal.
Get everyone matching baseball shirts and announce that you’re starting a company baseball or softball league.
Launch your own achievement program and reward with swag!
Create core values that express the essence of why your company exists – who does your business serve? What problems are you solving? What are the norms and behaviors that drive your team’s approach?
Make these values highly visible, and ingrain them in your culture through quizzes, awards, and by practicing them.
Try this: Make time to get to know your employees on a personal level
Set aside 30 minutes to get to know each person on your team on a personal level.
Don’t just ask about career goals%2c but find out what motivates them outside of work.
Questions you can ask:
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from your parents?
Who was your childhood hero? Best friend?
Who is someone from your past that you haven’t spoken to in over six months? What’s stopping you from reaching out to them?
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Try this: Challenge your employees to identify the Why behind their most important tasks
This exercise helps clarify the reasoning behind their day-to-day activities and helps separate essential tasks from non-essential ones.
Make sure that they connect all of their tasks with the Big Why that underlies your company’s mission. This understanding will serve as a major motivator in the long run.
Try this: Host a case competition for a business challenge
This is a great way to encourage innovation and support new ideas and will help teams bond over growth opportunities.
Harvard Business Review outlines 4 rules to maximize results.
Try this: Implement Individual Development Plans (IDPs)
Have team members identify three personal and three professional goals. Make sure they include both short and long term targets.
Next identify their current skill sets and compare them with the skills that these goals might require.
Meet on a monthly basis to hold them accountable.
Here’s a template of the IDP that we use at SnackNation
Try this: Shoot for 4% growth above your team’s limit
Growth within this range is generally considered the sweet spot – big enough to inspire real progress, but attainable enough to avoid undue stress.
Plan a retreat to reset your team’s creativity
Your brain is pretty good at changing, and it actually likes change. When you give it a novel task or problem, it gleefully rises to the challenge.
Make gratitude a company-wide practice
Try this: Share your numbers internally – even the ones that scare you.
We know that certain figures – like revenue or losses – should stay within the walls of your company, but that’s no reason to keep them from your own team.
Resist the urge to sugarcoat or spin bad numbers. Your team will benefit more from a realistic appraisal than a fictional one. Plus, they’ll likely see right through it.
Try this: Start your day by recognizing a personal accomplishment.
Reflect on your work from the previous day and recall a small success. You will start your day on a positive note and your team will share your sense of achievement and confidence.
Celebrate Wins
Try this: Celebrate monthly wins with a breakfast social
At the end of each month, encourage your team to think of all of their collective wins. Invite them to share at a breakfast social.