Did you know that 85% of people say that they hate their jobs? Assuming that stat applies to your staff, motivating a room full of folks who don’t want to be in a meeting, or even at work, is next to impossible.
That’s why you, as a business owner or team leader, have to find ways to motivate your staff both inside of the meeting room and out.
But how do you get your team to not only want to come to work every day but show up to and engage in routine employee meetings? And can you really make work that much more fun for your staff while still maintaining productivity?
If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, wonder no longer, because we’re here to help! In this article, we’ll discuss 5 ways to motivate your staff inside the meeting room, including a few ideas you might not have thought of!
Now then, let’s get started!
1. Bring Food and Drinks
Around 31 million Americans skip breakfast each day, which is never a good thing. So if there’s one thing that can put your staff in a good mood before they even start their day (and your meeting), it’s feeding them.
A good rule of thumb is to start off every business meeting with food and drinks. Give everyone time to settle in and get comfortable while enjoying a bite to eat. They’ll be much more receptive to what it is you have to say in the meeting, which is the overall goal here.
You don’t have to bring in a full course meal each time, either. Snacks and drinks work just as well.
2. Set and Define Your Goals
It’s much easy to motivate your team to achieve company goals when everyone has a clear idea of what exactly those goals are. That’s why it’s important to not only set goals but to clearly define what each of them entails.
That way everyone on your team knows what it is you’re trying to accomplish together, and you can preach that message more effectively.
If you have a designated meeting space in your office, cover the walls of that space with large posters that have those goals written on them. That way you can literally point to the wall during each meeting and go over what it is you expect out of your staff every day.
3. Encourage Communication
One of the biggest reasons why people don’t enjoy their work environment, or their job, is because they don’t feel a sense of purpose. It’s next to impossible to motivate people who don’t want to be there, which is why you have to go out of your way to make everyone feel important.
One of the best ways to do that is to encourage communication amongst everyone on the team. Give everyone a chance to express their thoughts or ideas, even the staff members who are lowest on the totem pole.
On top of making everyone feel important, and like their voice matters, this is a great way to find leaders, too. You’re going to need those leaders to help motivate your staff, especially when you’re not around.
4. Celebrate Every Single Win
Another reason why employees don’t feel motivated to go to work every day is that they feel that their day to day tasks don’t matter, or that their good work isn’t recognized. A good way to make everyone feel that they’re getting the recognition they deserve? Celebrate every single win, regardless of how small that win is.
Believe it or not, simply acknowledging when someone is doing good work goes a long way in building team morale, which is important, especially when trying to motivate that team.
The meeting room is the perfect place to celebrate these wins. So have fun, let your employees know you care and succeed together as a team!
5. Make Success a Game
To piggyback on that last point, it’s important to encourage your staff to have fun with their jobs. And the meeting room, of course, is a great place to get everyone together a few times a week and do just that.
One of the best ways to have a little fun in the meeting room is to have competitions amongst your staff. This can be something as simple as giving out challenge coins to people who are succeeding in the workplace and then tracking who has the most coins over a period of time. Maybe you can even give a bonus to the person with the most coins at the end of that time period, to make it even more of a big deal to your team.
Seriously, your employees will run wild with this. In fact, they’ll even look forward to coming into the meeting room each day to see who’s in the lead, which is all you can ask for.
Motivating Your Staff During Employee Meetings
Well, there you have it! Those are just a few ways you can motivate your staff during employee meetings!
Remember, you don’t have to make things complicated. Simply encouraging them, and letting them know you notice their hard work, can go a long way. Also, it doesn’t hurt to bring breakfast to the table once in a while.
Make success within the company a game. Encourage everyone on your staff, regardless of their position, to participate in the conversation. Celebrate every single win, regardless of how small it is, and most importantly, have fun!
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