Ways To Reward & Motivate Your Team
We all know that businesses with motivated teams succeed. Competition and diverse workforce composition require building a culture that makes team members feel included and meaningful to your practice.
These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a business leader that isn’t talking about team engagement; after all, research has shown that highly engaged teams are 21% more productive, 22% more profitable, and exhibit significantly lower employee turnover.
We at Connect have been handing out Spot Prizes for some time now, even during lockdown we kept a tally of everyone’s score when a team member awarded another team member a prize. We also carried on our normal Star of the Month and renamed it Star of the Lockdown. Using these two things during lockdown really helped to keep the team motivated and more productive.
Motivating your team is easy with a little creativity.
Here’s a starter list of ways to reward and recognise your team. Make someone’s day with modern rewards and recognition.
- Reward and recognise effort, not just performance
Performance is important, but so are behaviours like contributing ideas, collaborating and supporting others. Recognising this behaviour can reinforce and motivate continued effort.
- Document and share the memories
Milestones, events, achievements deserve to be remembered – and then recognised. Document moments when teams became closer or achieved together. You’ll thank yourself when it comes to the time to motivate.
- Let peers nominate other peers
For achievements, dedication and hard work. Start a poll and then share the results. Making recognition public multiplies the ‘feel good’ effect. All our team give the spot prizes to each other.
- Say “thank you”
This could be by writing a card or thanking your team member at your huddle. Be specific. The validation and encouragement you provide is more impactful than most people assume.
- Connect your team with mentors and other professionals
Career growth ranks consistently as one of the top 3 drivers of team engagement.
- Send a small reward with your recognition
Rewards that surprise, and are unexpected, are remembered, no matter how big or small. Give them choice in their rewards or give them something they’ll use and love.
- Think about their families
Consider rewards that can be given to, or shared with families and friends.
- Start a sports league or do a wellness activity
Getting active and getting out of the office can be a huge energy and morale booster. It’s an opportunity to bond.
- Get Sporty
Send a team member to see their favourite sports team. Nothing is more exciting
- Give money towards a holiday/night away
The stipulation? When they get back they have to present to the team on where they went and what they did.
However you decide to give recognition to get your team motivated and engaged, above all make it fun!
Until next time
P.S To find out how we can help you grow your practice and your team get in touch today.
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