Motivating your tribe is the easy part; working out how to keep their motivation levels sky-high week in, week out is where it gets tough. But, it’s a task you need to perfect, as tribes will only perform at their peak if they feel passionate and enthusiastic about what they do!
Think a Christmas cash bonus will keep your tribe motivated all year? Think again! A study from the University of Reading found that the ‘carrot and stick’ approach simply doesn’t cut it in the long run and there are many other, better incentives.
So, inspired by an article we found on the Entrepreneur website, here are three ways you can make sure your tribe are motivated…and stay motivated!
Jazz up the staff room
The staff room is the place your tribe head to chill out, unwind and catch up with their work mates – so, make it a space they enjoy escaping to! They’ve got to love going there; otherwise, they’ll have nowhere to go when they’re finding work challenging, which could cause a drop in motivation and productivity, leading to a lower quality of work.
It’s time to go all DIY SOS on that break room! Throw out those old, half-broken seats and replace with comfy sofas. Fix the broken toaster. Clean the fridge that reeks of blue cheese. Paint the walls a bright and inspiring colour. And most importantly, get some games!
Take a forest leaf from the Go Ape tribe and install a ping pong table in the staff room, or how about a pool table, or table football? Games like these encourage social interaction mixed with a smidgen of physical activity, and they will:
· Boost morale
· Create an immediate means of escape
· Allow for authentic team building
· Contribute to your tribe’s wellbeing
Schedule in team building activities
Tribes need to be offered more than just a salary and holiday time. You need to make sure they’re able to work together to achieve common goals – and there’s no better way to do that than by enjoying regular, fun team building activities together (emphasis on the word ‘fun,’ here). The endless benefits of team building include:
· Helping your tribe improve their communication skills
· Pushing them out of their comfort zones
· Developing team values
· Boosting their ability to problem-solve
· Giving them a chance to let their hair down
· Allowing them to fine-tune their leadership skills
Go Ape’s team building trips are fun first and foremost, but also encompass all of the benefits listed above. Embark on a classic Tree Top Adventure or Forest Segway Experience, or try out our new team development or team solutions days!
Sometimes, the smallest of gestures have the biggest of impacts. A sincere “thank you” or “great job” can go a long way, and lets your tribe know that you acknowledge and appreciate their hard work. It also motivates them to keep on striving for a high quality and efficient work ethic. And the occasional after-work drinks or tribe meal (paid by yours truly) won’t go amiss, either.
When the company achieves a mammoth milestone, you should always celebrate together (after all, it was a tribe effort that got you where you are). But, this is not just about company milestones; show your tribe you care and value them individually by celebrating things like promotions, weddings, birthdays (you get the idea).