5 Creative Employee Motivation Ideas

Employee Motivation Ideas

Why should you worry about employee engagement? You’ve probably heard the term quite a few times either on business blogs or HR blogs. And maybe you did not pay attention to the term, thinking it was a fad that would soon go away.


Employee engagement is when employees are fully engaged and committed to the cause of the organization. A lack of employee engagement can be very costly to your organization.

In larger organizations, employees are given targets and asked to meet them by deadlines. No one asks the employees how the work is done; the only thing that matters is the completion of the task. Is this approach correct? You know it isn’t. No organization is ever going to achieve something new if they follow the same old methods to get their work done. One important aspect to think about is employee satisfaction. How happy and satisfied are your employees?

Finding a good job is hard, but having a good employee work for your company is harder. A motivated employee can effectively complete a given task by the deadline and also excel at it. Here are some extraordinary and creative ideas to motivate your employees.

1. Stress-Relief Graffiti Wall

Art has an incredible effect on everyone. It allows people to explore their emotions and make them feel relaxed. Use art as a motivator. Have a graffiti wall at your workplace and allow your employees to graffiti the wall whenever they feel stressed. A workplace which brings out the artist in you! Now, that’s something truly motivating.

2. Spread The Joy – LOL

Laughter is the best medicine. Encourage your employees to be cheerful at workplace. Occasionally invite experts and conduct laughter therapy sessions in your office. These sessions do not last more than an hour. Laughter therapy sessions are good stress-relievers. Reward laughter and motivate your employees to spread the joy. This brings in a lot of positive energy into your work staff and keeps them motivated at work.

3. The Good News

Every employee craves recognition. Then why not give it to them? Praise an employee every week for their accomplishments and contributions for the organization. You can send an attractive, customized email to all the employees about the accomplishments of the employee you wish to praise. This keeps the employees motivated at the workplace because they know that there’s someone keeping track of their achievements and accomplishments. Shockingly, all employees don’t want money. What they do want however is some recognition and appreciation.

4. Surprise Awards

It’s just a usual Wednesday afternoon; everyone has a list of tasks to be completed by the week, all the employees are busily engaged in their work.  The boss suddenly shows up and announces that he is happy with the recent accomplishments of one of the teams and gives the team a surprise award. Now, it isn’t a surprise just for the team which won the award, but also for the other teams too? Also,the other teams no know that their accomplishments will be acknowledged by their boss, they will be motivated to work harder.

5. Keep Calm And Celebrate

Celebrating small accomplishments is vital in any organization. These celebrations can be as simple as clapping for the accomplishment of a team, sending out an email to the whole company to recognize efforts of the employees etc. Recognizing the efforts of your staff by taking them out for lunch or going for team outings on hitting the goals etc is also a good idea. This makes the employees feel valued and motivated.

Your responsibility as an employer is to retain your valuable work staff and make all your employees realize how important they are for your organizational growth. The above mentioned ideas are just a few employee motivation ideas, you can always think of something new and more creative.

How do you like to motivate your employees? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below.


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