For decades now, there has been an acute issue plaguing HR workers and managers around employee and team motivation. An unmotivated employee or team can lead to decreased productivity and morale, higher turnover, and a lack of cohesion throughout the organization. There are many theories on how to best motivate employees. Some think that monetary incentives are the only way to truly motivate employees, while others believe motivation can be found through better work culture. Before we can truly understand how to motivate work teams and employees, we must first understand the different types of workplace motivators.

Understanding Workplace Motivation

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According to the Needs-Based Theories of Motivation, motivation can be described as an individual’s efforts to meet their own needs. So, if an employee feels like they cannot meet their own intrinsic needs through their job, they may feel unmotivated. For example, if an employee is trying to satisfy their social needs, but their organization is remote and lacks social events and activities outside of work meetings, that employee may not feel motivated. 

Based on this theory, motivation varies based on the individual, and it is a manager’s job to understand the needs and motivators of their team. However, there are some commonalities between employee motivation. A study in 2019 found that 64% of the employees surveyed perceived prospective encouragement and recognition as motivators. Through strategically planned (and fun) team building activities, managers can recognize their employees and subsequently motivate them.

Ideas & Activities To Motivate Your Team

1. Game Show Activities

You’d be surprised at how a popular game show can turn into a fun employee engagement activity. Whether you are playing Jeopardy!®, Bingo, or Trivia, game show activities are the perfect way to get your team members working together. If your team is motivated by shared social experiences, these game shows are the perfect way to recognize them.

2. Volunteer Together

Consider having a CSR day to bond, boost morale, and make a difference in the lives of others. As we approach National Volunteer Week on April 17, it is important organizations plan an activity that allows their team to give back. There are many different ways to give back this year, whether you decide to fundraise as a team for a joint cause, spend a day volunteering at a soup kitchen, or donate items to those who need them. Or, if you want a more social experience that also allows your team to give back, consider a Charity Bike Build. This activity promotes collaboration as your team works together to build a bike that will later be donated to a local children’s organization.

3. Give Your Team A Thrill

Some teams will thrive off an exciting experience such as go-karts, scuba diving, or zip-lining.  Other thrilling sports ideas are also mountain climbing, surfing, rafting, or bungee jumping. While these events can be expensive, it’s a great way to reward and recognize your employees.

4. Solve a Problem as a Team

Come up with a fictional problem that must be solved. Whether it’s a design, riddle, or brain teaser is up to you. Have your team come up with an idea on a big piece of paper. Just a sentence or two is fine. Next, have them pass the paper to the person to the left. Have that person use that new idea to create another solution. After several rounds, see what they come up with. This will show your team that each person’s input counts toward the end result. It has your team working together to solve a problem and brainstorm ideas.

5. Experience Virtual & Augmented Reality

Experience a unique virtual or augmented reality activity together as a group. Your team will not only experience VR and AR for the first time but will also see how effective and fun it is to embrace change and new technology.  

One of our popular VR activities, Infinite Loop, challenges a team of players to exchange roles in the real world in order to save a young man trapped in the virtual world. They describe what they see for team members to solve different puzzles. With an electronic leaderboard to encourage competition, this game provides continuous feedback and improvement for teams which helps them solve problems in more efficient ways. The more accurate a team member is in describing their virtual world, the more likely their team is in solving the puzzle.

If you are looking to try your hand at an Augmented Reality game, our Safari AR event is the perfect opportunity. This in person event has players using collaborative teamwork to round up virtual wild animals in an urban jungle using an augmented reality game format.

Amanda Deiratani

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