In the workplace, motivation makes the backbone of corporate success. When your team feel inspired to innovate, they are more likely to make better decisions, share their ideas, and operate as a united front. It is in your best interest to keep your team on top of their game.
Here at Champions Speakers, we have a whole host of speakers who specialise in corporate motivation. Having worked with some of the biggest names in business, these exceptional speakers discuss the power of communication, praise, and wellbeing for motivating your team. Regularly booked for workshops and Q&As, these secrets will unlock the secrets of inspiring greatness.
TEAM BUILDING DAYS
Taking your team out of the office environment and into a space where they can relax and enjoy themselves, is a great way to improve motivation. This will help them forget about their work responsibilities for a short while and connect as a team, meaning when they return to work, they will be more engaged.
Such activities do not have to be all expenses paid holidays. Anything that involves your team spending more time together can only be a positive, especially when it allows managers to build personal connections with their employees.
Our Top Pick of Team Building Days
Board Game Tournament
There is nothing worse than having a leader who people are scared to talk to. If your team see you as unapproachable and believe that you do not have their best interests at heart, they are unlikely to be motivated. Make sure you are regularly checking in with them in a friendly and approachable manner.
Also, ensure you learn about their lives outside of work. If the only topic of conversation you discuss is about office responsibilities, then they will think you have no interest in their actual lives, which can again lead to unproductivity. Ask questions about their family, hobbies, and end every week with a simple “what are you up to this weekend?”.
BOOK A SPEAKER
Hiring an inspirational speaker to deliver a motivational talk is another way to improve your staff’s productivity. Here at Champions Speakers, we can provide guest speakers from the worlds of sport, politics, business, entertainment, and more, who will inspire staff and teach managers how to motivate their team.
Top Motivational Speakers to Inspire Your Team
With fascinating anecdotes from their own successful careers, these speakers can inspire audiences to perform to the best of their ability.
As only the second female to fly a fighter jet on the front line, Mandy Hickson knows more than most the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. She resonates with audiences at events, proving that their goals and aspirations are closer than they appear, with mental resilience and determination. For managers, her experience commanding an all-male squadron armed Mandy with the skills needed to motivate a team, knowledge she instils in her audience.
While on the International Space Station, Tim Peake faced loneliness and isolation, thousands of miles from normality. This experience has since made him a powerful motivational speaker, as he can leave a transformative impact on office-based and home-working employees, who may struggle to motivate themselves. Infused throughout his thrilling stories from space is an inspiring message – determination and self-belief are key for achieving your goals. Tim’s speeches are truly out of this world.
Corporate consultant and happiness expert, Samantha Clarke has worked with the likes of Harrods, the British Fashion Council and Giorgio Armani. By combining psychology, philosophy, and wellbeing, she teaches businesses the importance of a positive outlook and a united workforce, to complete projects to the best of their ability. She is a catalyst for impactful change, a vehicle for motivation Samantha sparks better decision making, ideas sharing and high-performance teamwork.
If people do not have standards to aim for, then they can become disinterested and unmotivated. Therefore, it is important to set them challenging, yet reachable, targets which they can aspire for. It is likely that your team will then be motivated to not just reach these goals, but go that extra mile to surpass them.
If all your team members have targets to reach, then it may also spark a competitive spirit between your staff. Such friendly competition will encourage your staff to outdo each other, something that can work in your company’s favour. Targets will keep your team on track and motivated.
OFFER CONSISTENT PRAISE
People love to be told when they have done something well – therefore, make sure you praise your team often. If someone meets a target, exceeds expectations, or has a particular success, then acknowledging the achievement will send a clear message to employees: I see you, and I appreciate you.
Your praise should be relevant and tailored to your employee’s achievements. They will see through templated compliments immediately, as general praise can appear inauthentic and half-hearted. Do not just say it, truly mean it, to make the best impact on your team.
A positive atmosphere promotes productivity and unity. Therefore, to ensure that your employee motivation ideas land, create a welcoming, relaxed environment. This does not mean ingenuine “it will be fine!” and “perk up!” statements, but authentic empathy and optimistic advice. Listen to your team’s issues, but do not let them dwell on their failures or events out of their control.
True positivity does not mean outlawing negativity, as this can create a divide between you and your team. Encourage your team to leave their out of work issues at the door if possible, but make sure that you are available to talk if life throws them a wild card. Ultimately, a smile and a “good morning” will go a long way.
KEEP YOUR TEAM IN THE LOOP
In business, there are countless cogs turning at the same time. Though it is impossible to keep your team updated on all projects or events at one time, purposely removing them from the scenario will cause staff to pull away and become demotivated.
Let us be honest, your team will find out eventually – so they may as well find out from you. Learning of valuable company updates through the grapevine can make your team feel undervalued, causing low morale. Keeping your team in the loop avoids an “us and them” situation.
VALUE PEOPLE’S TALENTS
Your team’s experience, knowledge, and qualifications should be reflected through their salary. Though monetary factors are not a major cause of demotivation, if your employees feel underpaid, then they will also feel underappreciated.
If you are unsure, research the average salary for your industry and location, then aim slightly higher. This will draw the most talented employees, reduce staff turnover, and keep your team motivated.
REACT TO SIGNS OF LOW MORALE
Business deals fall through, and clients complain - even the best business will experience episodes of failure. However, your team do not have to suffer because of it. React to signs of low morale quietly and quickly, using the examples discussed in this post to re-motivate your staff before such issues can cast a heavy negative blanket.
As specified by Dr Brené Brown, empathy can go a long way to supporting your staff through negative periods. Listen, relate to their struggles and only then should you offer genuine advice – otherwise, you may toe the line with sympathy, which only leads to distance. Do not ignore signs of low morale, instead, remedy problems with our motivational tactics.
PICK YOUR BATTLES
Overly critical leaders can drastically impact their team’s motivation. Choose when to raise issues with your staff carefully, as there is a thin boundary between constructive criticism and unwarranted judgement. Consider whether your suggestion is genuine and driven by a desire to improve the standard of work, or if it is founded in personal opinion.
Though there is nothing wrong with offering your personal opinion, especially when proofreading someone else’s content, but do not mistake your point of view as fact. This can undermine your team’s talents and prevent them from making independent decisions.
REWARD HARD WORK
Though it sounds like a no brainer, rewarding hard work is one of the best ways to motivate your team. Rather than simply praising their achievements, acknowledging how hard they worked places the value on your team, not just the project’s success.
Though it is important to reward hard work, if your employees are sacrificing breaks and a work/life balance to please you then that is another issue entirely. Reward hard work in all its forms: time and energy spent on a project, speed of completion, pacing themselves, innovative ideas, and more.
Now you have learnt how to increase motivation, what is next? Book a motivational speaker, by getting in touch with Champions Speakers today. Call us on 0207 1010 553 or complete our online form, to speak with one of our industry-leading booking agents.