To run a successful business, you need to find a few ways to keep your staff motivated. Whether it’s a team building work activity or a charity you all work towards sponsoring, there are many things that can stimulate staff bonding and collaboration. In the office, workloads and meetings can fast become stale. Your staff will need a shake up every now and then in order to keep motivated. It can be a great way to show your appreciation for your staff, or simply reward them for their consistent efforts. If you’re looking for a fresh approach to keeping the workplace interesting, we’ve got a few ideas to get you thinking. After all, it’s the employees that make a business happen – why not try a few new things to keep them motivated?

Keeping staff motivated…

motivatedWeekly newsletters

If you have a witty writing streak, or know someone who does, sending out a weekly humorous newsletter can be a great way to break up the daily grind. Give your staff a laugh with updates on who is doing what, funny quotes and facts, and office jokes that bring your team closer together.

Reality TV sweepstakes

If there’s a show that your office particularly loves (or loves to hate), running a weekly sweepstake where you place bets on what happens can be a good team bonding exercise. Whether it’s who gets evicted from the Big Brother house, or who gets a rose in The Bachelor, it will give everyone something to look forward to each week. You can give out prizes like chocolates, a voucher for somewhere fun, food vouchers or a bottle of bubbly.

Get behind a charity

If you want your staff to build compassion and awareness of certain important causes, getting everyone rallied behind a charity can stimulate their attitudes towards work and each other. It could be a charity donation for children health and education, or organising a fundraiser for a particular cancer that your staff feel connected to. You might donate for a primary school in third world countries, then get together to read the letters and cards the children send to you in thanks. Noble Endeavours is a charity that does a lot for the health and education of poorer children overseas. This is one way your staff can really bond over a worthy cause, and feel like the office is actually making a difference.


After work sport

If you enjoy an athletic activity from time to time, it might be worth organising an office team sport one afternoon a week. It might be basketball, touch football, or even a personal training session as a group, but it will encourage healthy lifestyles and get the office endorphins flowing. You can get a spreadsheet indicating every time your team wins, or when someone makes improvements in their personal fitness.

The workplace can sometimes be a dull place to spend your time in, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re passionate about building a team of dedicated, cheerful staff, then incorporating some of these ideas can be a fantastic way to strengthen your team. Work won’t always be a bundle of fun, but when you shake it up and give staff intervals of fun, not only will they appreciate it, but you’ll notice it in their levels of work output too.

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