We don't always associate work with fun – blame the Industrial Revolution...
However, with so much of our personal and work life overlapping these days, particularly as more of us are working remotely, employers are seeking new creative ways to engage and motivate their employees. Let's dig in!
According to studies by Gallup, companies that are successful in engaging their staff have "substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents, and 21% higher profitability." Nice hey?
Like all engagement strategies, however, it's essential to develop an understanding of what resonates with your people. You don't want to dive into gimmicky incentives that don't quite strike a chord or align with your business goals.
There are plenty of entertaining employee motivation ideas out there, but we thought we'd help you out by pointing you in the direction of some of the most effective and creative ones:
1. FREE LUNCH
Food is pretty much the way into anyone's heart – particularly when it's delicious and free.
If you're managing a remote team, then you may want to pop the occasional voucher for their favourite lunch spot in their mailbox. There's nothing more delightful than finding out that you don't have to worry about preparing lunch.
These rewards can be given based on performance, or you may occasionally want to surprise your team with free nibbles as a thank you for the effort they've put in on a project. Generous gestures such as these can have a fantastic effect on staff morale, making employees feel cared for and appreciated.
It can also be a fantastic opportunity to model better eating habits for your employees by keeping the free lunch or snacks as healthy as possible.
2. Culture jams
Millennial lingo aside, culture jams are a great concept to help employees build bonds and get in on the big organisational decisions that affect company culture.
You can host a culture jam a couple of times a year, inviting employees to take part and use the opportunity as a platform to voice their opinions on how they think the current company culture is shaping up. Keeping the organisation's goals in focus, employees can present ideas on how things can be improved or what they'd like to see more of.
Listening to your employees and taking feedback on board is a crucial part of building happy and healthy workplace cultures.
To learn more about why you should listen up, click here.
3. CEO for the day
We've all had thoughts about how we would do things differently if we were given a chance to run the company we work for. Well, here's a crazy idea: why not let your employees do just that?
Giving each employee the chance to step into a leading role within your organisation could open up all kinds of new possibilities. For starters, by entrusting your workers with the reigns, you're allowing them to gain real perspective on what it takes to make your business a success.
Making an employee accountable and responsible for your company's operations may create a newfound appreciation for the tough decisions you have to make, as well as prompt some new ideas on how things can be improved.
This tactic can also help to boost your employees' aspirations and motivate them to complete professional development courses, becoming even greater assets for your company.
4. Make it a game
Many of the tedious day-to-day tasks in your company will inevitably remain just that: tedious.
However, they've got to be done.
The productivity of a company can often be affected by those pesky bottlenecks – you know, the tasks that no one really wants to do and pushes aside for tomorrow, like filing things away correctly or other data entry type activities.
You can help your employees nip procrastination in the bud by gamifying some of these tasks.
Allocate points towards rewards each time an employee accomplishes one of those niggly little tasks that we all loathe doing. Set goal posts and inspire your teams to achieve their targets by turning things into a bit of healthy competition.
The prizes don't have to be big or expensive, but they do need buy-in from your employees, so make sure to choose rewards that they'll be willing to work for.
5. SAY YES TO SIESTAS (OUR FAVOURITE)
For remote workers, long hours in front of the screen or on the phone can be mentally and physically exhausting. Many of us will try to beat the afternoon energy slump by munching on a chocolate bar, when in fact, all we really need is a good old fashioned snooze.
Instead of turning naps into a taboo, embrace the science and let your workers have that much-needed reboot. You can even take it one step further and have branded eye masks made and sent to remote employees. Just be sure to remind everyone to set their alarms.
Break the mould and be that cool company that lets employees take care of their wellbeing, the impact on motivation and productivity will be tremendous.
tAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS A MORE MOTIVATED TEAM...
If you'd like to learn more about how you can improve employee motivation or uncover the stumbling blocks that may be causing a decline in engagement for employees, we highly recommend that you download our free Employee Motivation Cheat Sheet.
This great resource will reveal all the tell-tale signs of a demotivated team and help you to improve your company culture and formulate better engagement strategies.