10 Original Ways To Boost Employee Motivation!

1. Appoint a Chief Happiness Officer
A good mood is contagious and so often makes employee relations easier. A Chief Happiness Officer can use any of the nine suggestions listed below to create and cultivate this kind of healthy atmosphere. Other tips include improving workplace décor, providing healthy snacks to stave off the munchies or giving your employees a chance to share their personal projects and voluntary work with colleagues. All of these good practices can trigger the kind of positive dynamic unlocked by the prominent “pyjama parties” dreamed up by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, which have become a hit with both employees and customers!1

2. Encourage creativity
This Google-inspired idea involves allowing your employees to devote 20% of their time at work to innovative and creative projects that also benefit the company. This is a concept that engendered Gmail2 and the famous 3M3 post-its, proving that giving free rein to your employees’ ingenuity can pay dividends!

3. Give your employees time to focus on themselves
Every month, LinkedIn’s 8,000 employees use “Investment Days” (aka “InDays”) to focus on personal projects that are not part of their everyday tasks at work. They are encouraged to spend the whole day seeking fresh inspiration, exploring new experiences and thinking about the future. The approach allows them to embrace the values and culture of their company while pursuing personal development.

4. Motivate staff through a common challenge
Studies have shown that retention rates are highest when you engage your employees by focusing on a common goal. This concept of shared motivation underpins Virgin Pulse, a programme that aims to promote good practices with respect to health and well-being. The campaign already has 1.5 million participants and enables companies to rally their employees through challenges linked to healthy eating, physical exercise and sleep, while encouraging staff to adopt healthier lifestyles at home and at work.

5. Make your employees CEOs of their own projects
Even big companies can foster entrepreneurial spirit! Apple employees have always been encouraged to work on their own projects, with or without manager supervision, alone or in groups. That is how the first Macintosh saw the light of day, designed by a dream team of 20 engineers led by the young Steve Jobs. This independence-oriented management culture is increasingly widespread today (Business Challenge at PepsiCo, Le Village de l’Innovation at Crédit Agricole, etc.) because it cultivates talent and develops creativity.

6. Introduce a meditation programme
Meditation exercises are all the rage. At Sodexo, a program set up to introduce Sodexo Benefits & Rewards employees to Mindfulness has proven a real success. Beyond the team-building benefits, it led to a 27% increase in the feeling of well-being at work, along with greater empathy towards colleagues among those who took part in the programme.

7. Favour flexibility
Well-rounded employees are self-sufficient, calm and able to shoulder responsibility. This concept revolves around a voluntary approach that allows employees to manage their time and tasks as flexibly as possible in line with the company’s business framework. The benefits are twofold: employees feel they are being given more responsibility and appreciate the trust you place in them; at the same time, you offset the ways in which the daily commute can have an adverse effect on their motivation and performance. The example of Chinese travel agent Ctrip is inspiring: its work-from-home initiative increased productivity among the programme’s 255 participants by 13% and cut staff turnover by 50%!4