So we were all gathered in the conference room of our Tulsa offices during our annual company retreat, and one of our employees pointed out that although we all seem to like each other, get along and do our jobs well, there didn’t seem to be any comradarie or real “fun” going on at work. We all nodded, laughed a bit uncomfortably, and looked at our leader, Gary Crouch, expectantly. He seemed at as much of a loss as to what to do about this as the rest of us. I am probably one of the more outgoing of the bunch, so it seemed natural for me to take on the challenge of motivating the group and to be crowned “Queen of Fun”.
Keeping things fresh and fun is challenging in a workplace. Finding out what motivates individuals was harder than I thought it would be. I began to research this and look for “easy” ways to put a smile on my coworkers faces. One of my favorite books to pull ideas from is 365 WAYS TO MOTIVATE AND REWARD Your Employees Every Day – With Little or No Money
by Dianna Podmoroff
, BA, MBA, CHRP.
Everyone is motivated by different things at different times. What works for you may or may not work for them. The most common myth is that money is the universal motivator. Although compensation can be a significant part of employee dissatisfaction, it doesn’t necessarily follow that extra compensation encourages people to be motivated. Throughout the months ahead, I will share some of my favorite external motivators that can be used to enhance employee performance and satisfaction.
Each post will focus on ideas from one of the following areas:
- Company Merchandise
- Time Off
- Family Acknowledgement
- Fun and Silliness
- Holiday Activities
- Bizarre and Largely Unknown “Days”
- Employee Honors
- General Recognition Ideas
- Orientation / New Employees
- Suggestion Box
- Senior Management Involvement
Be watching for a list of great GIFT ideas.