More and more businesses are introducing motivation schemes to increase productivity and wellbeing amongst members of staff. Motivation schemes are essentially a reward system, in which staff members are offered incentives or rewards for achieving goals, for example boosting sales or extending the company’s client base. The staff team work towards a particular goal, incentivised by a reward, for example a staff day out at the races or a team building event going fishing or shooting. Such incentive schemes have been proven to focus a workforce, making for a happier and more productive staff team.
It is a fact of life that if you want to get the best out of somebody, treat them well. Nobody responds well to having orders barked at them or being threatened with sanctions or worse if their productivity drops in the work place. This truism is backed up by solid scientific research. Behavioural psychologist B.F Skinner, recently voted the most important psychologist of the 20th century, discovered that ‘positive reinforcement’ worked better than any other method in encouraging desired behaviour. In simple terms, we all work better if we are rewarded for it; if we are made to feel appreciated and valued.
Over the past couple of decades more and more employers have been implementing reward and motivation schemes for their staff. It started out mainly in the sales environment – staff members fought to reach higher and higher targets and were rewarded for their efforts with, for example, a day at the golf, or a private tour of the city. But it is not just in sales that the workforce needs to feel valued. All businesses can benefit from a happy and motivated workforce.
It’s not just productivity that smart business people are interested in when it comes to their staff – its relationships in the work place. A company can suffer serious consequences when there is in-fighting, back biting, and gossip going on in the work place. Building and sustaining great relationships between staff members can benefit your business in so many ways. A happy, well bonded team makes the company more attractive to both clients and to prospective members of the workforce. Staff members not only work harder but are less stressed, more likely to help a team mate if they are struggling, and more strongly identified with the core values and goals of the business, and less likely to look elsewhere for employment.
There are many ways to build and encourage great relationships in the work place. One of the most fun and popular ways to do this is by holding a team building event. Such ventures have had a bit of a bad press over the past decade or so, and have even become something of a staple of television sit-coms, where they inevitably go disastrously and hilariously wrong. If done well and properly organised however, the reality of the team building exercise can be fantastic and incredibly beneficial to your business, as their enduring popularity testifies. The trick is to find an activity that your staff will genuinely look forward to and enjoy, but that will involve them working together, like a day out sailing on a yacht charter, for example, or a treetop adventure in the woods.
It really is worth investing in creating opportunities for team bonding or incentivisation for your work force – the benefits to your business and to the well being of your staff are truly significant. Every one works harder with a smile on their face!
David Hamer is a business advisor based in Scotland. In his many years of advising businesses David has discovered that one of the easiest and sikmplest routes to staff wellbeing and retention is by implementing rewards schemes and hosting team building events. For businesses interested in arranging a team building event, David can recommend some companies who offer excellent event management Scotland way.