5 Key Ways To Inspire Employees For The New Year


How To Inspire Employees

Something we can’t live without is inspiration. This is the lifeblood of motivation, and it’s how we accomplish our goals and reach our dreams.

Key Takeaways

  1. Redesign the office and make it the perfect place for productive and motivated employees.
  2. Offer desired incentives and prioritize recognition.
  3. Be a workplace leader that supports your employees and expresses appreciation.
  4. Host a memorable and meaningful company event with a corporate magician.
  5. Be transparent and allow employees to share ideas.

In the workplace, motivation is essential. And as we enter the New Year, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover new ways to help employees feel inspired. So here are some great ways to bring newfound inspiration to your team members!

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#1. Make Your Employees Feel At Home

You need to know from the start that not all your employees will have the same level of motivation. Each team member will have a different amount of drive and determination, and some may require more inspiration than others!

Find the right path forward for each employee. A one-size-fits-all might not work in your particular organization.

You can start fostering a sense of inspiration through your team’s work environment itself. We are very affected by the things around us and our atmosphere. So make your office one that encourages employees to work hard!

Start By Giving Employees The Office Space They Deserve To Work In

If your office is dull, drab, and boring, this is for you. Motivating employees can be hard when they completely despise the very room they’re in.

First, make sure the office equipment is working. This should be a no-brainer. It’s time to throw out the printer that has been lingering in the backroom since the beginning of time.

And don’t forget to encourage employees to make their personal space their own!

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Ways To Revamp Your Office Space

You don’t need to go all-out HGTV in the office to give it a motivating aesthetic. It can be simple and easy to spruce up your employee’s workspace without breaking the bank!

Start with simple things, like:

  • Providing adequate lighting (the more natural, the better!)
  • Putting some snacks out on display
  • Decorating the walls with trendy art pieces
  • Getting rid of clutter and ensuring everything has a place
  • Finding an ideal color aesthetic and highlighting it

#2. Motivate Employees With Recognition And Reward

We should all know by now that incentives are an easy way to motivate employees.

But the incentives you offer don’t need to be something generic like a gift card to a store no one shops at anymore. New ideas here will be the key to increasing employee motivation.

Recognizing your team members’ efforts and hard work is essential in increasing their drive and innovation. After all, employee recognition has a significant impact on employee engagement.

That’s because, without recognition, many employees won’t see a purpose in their work. That’s when motivation evaporates, and inspiration disappears.

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Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Motivation

You need to know the best way to reach your team. But first, we need to break down the idea of motivation a bit more.

Extrinsic motivation has to do with physical incentives or rewards that are used to inspire employees. On the other hand, intrinsic motivation draws upon self-fulfillment and job satisfaction to inspire.

Discover The Best Incentives For Your Unique Team

Some employees respond well to rewards like an extra vacation day, a paid company lunch, or even a one-day event with a comedian for hire (extrinsic). Other times, friendly competition or a company-wide shoutout is all it takes (intrinsic).

As a leader, you need to recognize which way your team leans. Often, rewards such as heartfelt compliments and genuine praise can go a long way in motivating your employees!

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#3. Employee Motivation Starts With A Supportive And Appreciative Leader

As humans, we respond to emotions. When employees feel unseen, ignored, and unappreciated, it’s hard for even a sizeable bonus to motivate them.

Let’s put it this way: how our employees actually feel trumps almost everything else.

How To Create A Supportive And Healthy Work Environment

So, make sure your workers feel happy with where they work!

There isn’t one single thing that can give your team the support and recognition they need to be content. It takes active listening and learning to achieve this perfect harmony.

It takes things like:

  • Respecting your employees’ time outside of work
  • Not expecting the world from your team
  • Taking the time to answer questions your employees may have
  • Showing your employees that you trust them by giving them responsibilities (without micromanaging them)
  • Freely offering positive feedback

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#4. Host A Company Event

You can start small, or you can go big. And if you really want to start the New Year off right, hosting a company event is a good idea.

Bringing in lunch one day isn’t enough to motivate employees. You need to find a way to touch their hearts and lift their spirits. Though that may sound cheesy, it’s how genuine inspiration happens!

Having a company event gives your employees the chance to connect with each other on a personal level. In addition, it allows them to explore their organization’s culture.

And a fool-proof way to truly inspire your employees is by booking a motivational speaker.

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Find The Right Speaker To Invoke Inspiration

There’s a reason why inspirational speakers are so popular for professional events. They provide employees with the motivation they need to give 100% in all aspects of their life.

And finding the perfect speaker to instill motivation is pretty straightforward. Here at Clean Comedians®, our speakers are exceptionally talented in the art of public speaking and use their skills to connect with the audience on a deeper level.

Even our corporate comedians don’t just rely on hilarious jokes to build rapport. Instead, they use stories and inspiring tales to get your employees excited about their professional lives.

And one of the best parts of our speakers is that they are all clean. They don’t use crude humor or resort to divisive topics in their acts. Their material is designed to unite the audience and give them lasting memories!

#5. Be Transparent And Don’t Shush Your Employees

As humans, we are driven by emotions. And a strong feeling that lingers in all aspects of our life is curiosity.

Our employees want to know what’s going on in the organization. And, most importantly, they deserve to know. In short, transparency should be offered, and no one should be left in the dark.

After all, there’s nothing like surprises (not the good kind) to stop budding inspiration in its tracks.

Prioritize Communication From All Sides

Employees want to know that their hard work contributes to a broader purpose. So you need to be open with your employees about the goings-on of your organization.

Show them how their work is received at a higher level and how their efforts fit into the bigger picture.

New Ideas Is A Sign Of Growing Inspiration

In addition, your employees deserve to indulge in open communication with you.

Give your employees regular opportunities to share fresh ideas and voice their concerns. Preventing employees from speaking out is a surefire way to put a damper on motivation. So instead, let their ideas freely flow, and be ready to accept them!

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Adam Christing is a professional comedy magician, virtual MC, and the founder of CleanComedians.com. He is a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and a popular corporate entertainer, magician, and virtual speaker.