Motivating employees is part of a supervisor or a manager’s responsibility. You should take every chance you have to keep your team motivated. Most of the time, once the leader starts, everyone would follow suit. Let me share some motivational activities that you could do during a meeting.
It’s best to lift your team’s spirit up so let’s do some team activities. Let’s do the simple one first. Have a table (big enough) and have your team stand around it. Ask them to lift it up at the same time. It’s easy right. But one by one, let them release their hands until only a few are left (around 2 or 3 depending on the weight and size of the table). Now ask those who are left. It’s definitely much heavier compared to when all of them were lifting it. It just shows that teamwork makes tasks easier and their goal to lift the table can be more consistent if they’re together. Unlike if there are only a few of them, they would drop the table sooner than expected.
Along with this activity, tell them how important it is to cooperate. In most lines of business, a single team member’s responsibility will be covered by the entire team if he/she isn’t performing. Let them feel responsible for each other and if they grasp the full essence of working as a team, you’ll be surprised to see how great your team can be.
If you have a new team, you can do some activities that could help them know a little more about each other and set their initial impressions on one another. Have them stand in a circle and get a small ball. Have them introduce themselves briefly. Maybe just their name, age, and likes. Then, throw the ball one at a time and say the name of the person whom you’re going to throw the ball to. Do it until everyone gets their turn. They would be more familiar with each other’s name. Then, do the likes. It should take around 3-5 minutes but take the time especially if you have a large team.
Here’s another team activity. This is just an example and it may differ from where you are. Ask them what is the number one fast food chain (most would say McDonald’s) then ask them what is the largest soda company in the world (most would say Coke). And then ask one more (it may depend where you are located like top IT company or local business). After asking them those questions, ask them to tell you who the second best are in those categories. They would most likely give different answers and may even debate on them. The bottom line is, being #1 isn’t just a place but as you can observe, it’s the recognition as the best among the rest. It’s not the prize or the money, it’s the distinction. So ask them, what would they feel if people know they are number 1?
Do some commendations and how the person achieved it and from there, have the team know how to perform better as individuals which in turn would reflect on how the team performs. Be fair though as some might see it as favoritism especially if you keep on commending a specific person. Simple improvements in performance merit commendations.
These are just some ways to build your team up. Keep them motivated and keep them together. Nothing will destroy the team more than lack of team work. Keep your activities short but very meaningful and you’ll have a wonderful time as a team.