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Quick ways to motivate your employees

Motivation: an idea meaning the general desire to act or accomplish something; an effort to attain a goal. It may seem simple enough, but the idea invariably ends up being an elusive mythical creature at times.

If your search for Big Foot has left you empty handed, here are some helpful hints for motivating your members:

  • Recognition – Give praise to get results! By recognizing a member’s achievements, you can positively influence future behavior. Tell them why they’re being recognized and be genuine about it (nothing’s worse than saying ‘Great Job!’ with a straight face and monotone voice.) Also, give credit where credit is due! Members will always appreciate when a manager takes the time to thank them for their hard work.
  • Rewards – Everyone loves prizes or rewards for a job well done, and while additional compensation based on merit can be a well-received incentive, sometimes no cost is needed at all. Our HON Customer Support team gives out a monthly member-nominated “Golden Caster” award. Though spray painted, the Golden Casters are truly worth their weight in gold. When you visit us here in Muscatine, make sure to keep an eye out for one!
  • Responsibility – Increasing opportunities and expanding a member’s role can increase. Keep members excited by offering new training or project options. Encourage members to take ownership of new tasks or projects. Give them a boost (and help your department’s productivity) by specifying opportunities that play to their strengths. A member who enjoys coming to work is a valuable investment.

The key is finding the right combination to unlock your members’ potential. Motivation doesn’t have to be elusive. After all, the Loch Ness Monster has been motivating people to find him for years!

What motivates you in the office? How do you motivate your coworkers and fellow members?

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Anyone remember the film Pay it Forward with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment? Its premise revolved around a junior high school teacher who gave his class an assignment to think of an idea to improve the world for the better and to, most importantly, put it into action. This was the first time I remember hearing the phrase, and it has really stuck with me. Small acts of kindness, aside from the obvious benefit of brightening someone else’s day, can also be a significant mood booster for the giver and influences his or her overall state of happiness. When it comes to the workplace, the ripple effect of paying it forward can help create a more positive company culture and work environment, and the best part is – it can be really simple to spread! Here are 6 of my favorite ways to be kind and “pay it forward” in the office:

Pop-Open Cards

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Hands down my new favorites, I recently stumbled upon these at a local stationery store during one of my weekend road trips. Each of these small notes are wrapped individually, so it’s easy to pay it forward by choosing the best-suited message for a coworker and leaving it on his desk for daily motivation. I started with the Smile and Thanks sets, but Compendium, Inc. makes a whole host of different themed sets, some of which include: Carpe Diem, Cheers, Believe, Be Happy, and Dream.

Inspirational “Just Because” Notes

Dove chocolate wrappers can serve as an inspirational "just because" note to a coworker

Dove® Chocolate Wrappers come in at a close second and are scattered all over my fridge. The chocolate inside is an obvious added bonus as well. Dropping off a few treats or that one perfect saying is an exceptionally easy way to brighten a fellow coworker’s day. Fortune cookie takeaways and simple Post-it® notes (paired with your favorite Sharpie®, of course) also work perfectly well.

Caffeine Run

surprise your coworkers with a coffee run

Such a simple way to start someone else’s day off right. Bonus points if you know his/her favorite. Break out that gold card & earn those stars!

Mail Time

Surprise packages can brighten someone's day

I never feel more accomplished than when I’m walking out of the post office on a Saturday morning, having just purchased a new sheet of stamps with a successful mailing to start off the day (personal victory if this has miraculously occurred before noon). The best surprise package that I’ve received included my go-to desk accessories that now serve as quick mood boosters/inspiration when needed.

Taking a Break

Take a break with coworkers to get to know them

Aside from the obvious perk of recharging your work batteries for a bit during the middle of the day – this is prime social hour. Whether it’s getting to know the new employee who started last week, scheduling group outings with the rest of the team, or getting together with your closest work friend, this is a great opportunity to spend quality time with other’s and make someone else’s day. Showcased here is our fabulous HON Commons area during peak hours.

Kudos Emails

Send a kudos email to make someone's day

This is something I’m constantly trying to do more often and have been finding it works best for me if I dedicate a few minutes on a Friday afternoon or over the weekend – an easy way to make sure others’ work is being noticed and that my teammates feel appreciated. Particularly in Field Sales, we rely heavily on the tools, resources, and help provided from other teams throughout the organization.

How are you paying it forward at work?

Fall

Summer is officially over and the fall season has arrived.  Fall is an exciting time here in Iowa, as the trees change colors and the weather starts to cool.  You don’t have to live in the Midwest to be able to appreciate the new season, though.  You can use the season change to regenerate energy into your workplace and finish the year strong.  Here are five fall-inspired ways you can show employee appreciation:

  1. Host an office tailgate – Encourage employees to wear a shirt or jersey representing their favorite football team and cater in typical tailgating food for lunch, such as hot dogs or BBQ.
  2. Plan a weekend family-friendly activity – Invite employees to a local park or farm for hay rides, corn mazes, face painting, pumpkin-picking and more!
  3. Provide a fall-themed breakfast – Motivate your employees on a Monday morning by surprising them with apple cider, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin spice muffins.
  4. Indulge in a Thanksgiving dinner at work – We spend a lot of time in the office, and our coworkers can become like family. What better way to celebrate with them this fall than with an office Thanksgiving dinner? Make it a pot luck and invite everyone to bring their favorite dish.
  5. Get competitive with a pumpkin carving contest – Take a break during a Friday lunch hour and let employees show off their creative side with a pumpkin carving contest.

What are some ways you plan to show appreciation for your employees or coworkers this season?

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and it’s finally football season. So how can you carry the team spirit into your office? Here are 4 ways to be the MVP of your office!

  1. Do your job. Ok, seems obvious, right? A team is only as strong as the weakest link. Work hard and go above and beyond. Offer to help out a teammate struggling with their workload.
  1. Every team needs a cheerleader! Have a good attitude. Boost morale by maintaining a positive outlook. According to the October edition of Shape magazine, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that employees experience a 39% boost in work motivation after focusing on what they like about their job. Mentally list a couple perks you love – or share them with your colleagues to keep the positivity going.
  1. Speaking of team morale….bring in coffee or treats for your team. I like to pick up a jug of coffee or bake muffins to share. Especially if you’ve been working long, hard hours – sugar and caffeine always do the trick.
  1. Set goals and stick to them. Long term goals keep you motivated through your daily workload. Be sure to set up smaller tasks that lead you to the big prize. Rome wasn’t built in a day – but part of Rome was built every day.

How can you be the MVP of your office? What things can you do to boost morale this fall?

This week’s post is all about one word… work.

Some days we need a little extra “oomph” to kick our work days into gear. We all have our own ways of motivating ourselves to perform. For example, if you were to ride shotgun with me on my 45 minute drive to work, you would find that I listen to the same 4 or 5 songs every single morning — carefully selected to get me in the absolute best mood (sunroof down and Valencia Orange Starbucks Refresher™ in hand).

Here are 10 of my favorite “work well” isms,  just in case you need a little help to jump start your day. Work Quote 9 Work Quote 10

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