Employee engagement ideas – 4 Simple ways To Motivate Your Staff


Why is employee engagement important?

  • Engaging with your employees is one of the secrets to running a successful business.
  • Your staff are your best asset, you have to make sure you take care of them.

Here are four simple ideas on how to engage and motivate your staff in your business.

1. Make fun a priority

Don’t misunderstand me here. You need balance. You need to make sure fun doesn’t become distracting and detrimental to your business. That said don’t underestimate the impact of allowing your team to have a laugh along the way.

You see fun is a great way to

  1. let off a bit of steam,
  2. reduce stress, and even…
  3. bond team members together.

2. Have a purpose, which your staff buy into

Take the time to create a purpose statement that truly reflects who you are, what you want to achieve, and who you want to impact. Then write this in words, which are easy to understand (by you, your staff, and your customers).

How To Engage and Motivate Your Staff

Even better, involve your team in the creation of your purpose statement. You can set the expectations and guidelines, but involving your key people in this decision can be hugely engaging. A shared purpose can bond your team together and increase overall buy-in too.

Also Check: How To Create A Great Place To Work

3. Reward strong performance creatively

Without question, money can be a massive motivator. In turn, a financial bonus or a pay rise can be a powerful way to recognise and reward brilliant performance.

But it’s not the only option…

It’s important to understand that not everyone is motivated by money. In fact, you could find that more creative rewards have a far greater impact on the individual in question and overall team morale.

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4. Get the team together

A key part of building a brilliant team is to foster good working relationships between the different members of staff.

How individual team members interact has a big bearing on atmosphere, morale, and performance. Let’s face it. The last thing you want is people dreading going to work – that’s going to undermine your success significantly.

It’s for this reason that it pays to explore opportunities to get the team together in a relaxed, informal way. Do this and you can encourage friendships and collaboration – both of which help increase engagement.

The most effective bosses are proactive in their attempts to boost engagement – because they recognise the impact motivated, valued staff have on their business success.

So, my question is, what are YOU going to do? Find out more with our 8 Steps to Effective Leadership.

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8 Steps to effective leadership

What makes a good manager? – 8 Steps to Effective Leadership


As you are aware, Leadership & Management plays a huge role in the delivery of the business goals however, not everyone understands some of the basics of good leadership.

Here, I share with you 8 steps to effective leadership.

1. Purpose

A good purpose will explain the direction the business is going in, motivate employees to take the right action to achieve it, and coordinate the actions of all employees to achieve the same goal. Read more in ‘My Purpose and Values: Create a Great Place To Work‘.

2. Belief

Leaders have a strong vision of where they want their business to go. Without that vision, a business is working in the dark. But a leader can’t do much alone. Little can be achieved without the support, buy-in and belief of the employees.

3. Effective communications

Do you talk to people and explain what you really want for your business and from them? If you don’t tell them, how are they to know? Do you put your message across so that everyone understands it? A message is successful only when both the sender and the receiver perceive it in the same way.

Also Read: This starts with leadership. 

4. Effective Listening

To be an effective listener, you need to respond with both verbal and nonverbal cues which let the other person know that you are listening and understanding. Effective listening can mean fewer errors and less wasted time.

5. Coaching

Instead of directing and controlling your staff, use coaching to encourage them to accomplish results on their own initiative.

6. Responsibility & Delegation

Give employee’s greater responsibility, opportunities to make their own decisions, and the chance to develop their capabilities. Make the most effective use of your time by delegating tasks you don’t need to do yourself. Want to know more? Read How Important is Workplace Culture for your Business?

7. Recognition & Motivation

Everyone likes to be recognised for doing a good job. That doesn’t always have to be a financial reward. Saying ‘thank you’ is often enough. Understand what motivates your staff – each individual is different. Motivated staff will have increased energy and will strive to achieve the nurseries goals. Find out more in our 4 Simple Ideas How To Engage and Motivate Your Staff.

8. Managing Conflict

Don’t avoid conflict – tackle it straight away. It won’t just go away if you avoid it, and matters will only get worse. Avoiding conflict can make you look weak as a leader.

To ensure you have a successful management team you must provide them with the right training. Too often I see staff promoted to management positions only to be demoted or dismissed a few months later as they did a poor job. More often than not it’s because they have not received the correct training. So make sure you provide training for your managers on the basics of managing people otherwise you are setting them up to fail.

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Don’t Get Left Behind


Getting your organisational culture right is what leads to creating a great place to work and a high performing environment. This starts with leadership.  But who is a leader? Is it just the business owner? No, anyone in the organisation can be a leader.

“We tend to think that what matters is having outstanding leadership at the senior level. But great leadership at the top doesn’t amount to much if you don’t have exceptional leadership at the unit level. That’s where great things get done” The Re-Education of Jim Collins, Inc

According to a recent global survey by consultancy Deloitte, leadership is the number one issue organisations face today. They said:

‘Leadership remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world, with 85% of companies in our survey rating it as “urgent” or “important.” But only 14% of companies say they do an excellent job developing leaders — the largest readiness gap in our survey.’


Fewer than 15% said they did an “excellent job” of developing those leaders.

To attract and retain the right people, leadership at all levels must become a strategic goal.

Brandon Hall Group’s State of Leadership Development Study, surveyed Executives, Chief Human Resources Officers, and other business leaders conclude the following:


So how are you developing the leaders in your business?

Are you providing the development employees need to be effective leaders in the business? Or are you in the 85% who don’t do an excellent job developing leaders?

Are you providing coaching for leaders?

Don’t get left behind contact us today to find out how we can help you with coaching your leaders. Call 01980 622167

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17 Inspirational Leadership Quotes


Since time began we have followed and been led by “Key People of Influence” and quotes that they have lived their lives and run their businesses by.

The world’s leading business figures are more prevalent, visible and accessible than ever before, making it easier for you to look for inspirational leadership quotes to adopt within your business and work place culture.

The following quotes are from some of today’s most successful inspirational leaders in the business world:

“You can only do so many things great. Cast aside everything else.” Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc

“A simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” – Mark Zuckerberg, Co-founder & CEO of Facebook

“When people use your brand name as a verb, that is remarkable.” Meg Whitman, President  & CEO of Hewlett-Packard

“The best way to change it is to do it. After a while you become it, and it’s easy.”Ursula Burns, Chairman & CEO of Xerox 

“You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.” –  Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” Jeff Bezos, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Amazon

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” – Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Other more well-known leadership quotes that have stood the test of time from former political leaders are:

“The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.”Sir Winston Churchill

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understand the problems of running a country.”Margaret Thatcher

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

“Focus your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little life of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”Barack Obama

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

We cannot deny the power of a good quote. They not only motivate us but inspire us to be our best, so introduce into your work place culture and in turn succeed:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius

“Failure is simply the opportunity to beginHenry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Chanel

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”- Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company

Workplace culture captures your company’s sense of purpose. Why do you and your staff come to work every day?

If you motivate your team to unite behind a common goal, the impact is profound. In this way, your culture becomes a driving force.

What is your leadership quote?



This Is An Interesting Story


I was asked to provide HR support for an organisation that had two HR departments.

The reason it had two HR departments? They worked on different client contracts.

The problem? They had lost one of the contracts and now the two HR departments needed to become one.

Now, there were a few issues here.

  1. There were going to be some job losses, so I needed to restructure the department and
  2. I needed to look at the culture.

It was really interesting that these two departments, who worked for the same business, had completely different cultures.

Can you imagine what that was going to be like when I had to merge these together?

Just picture this:

  • We have one leader of a team who was very indecisive. She liked to have lots of chats with her team, always wanted everybody to be happy about any decisions that were made. In fact she didn’t really make any decisions, her team made the decisions and she went along with it. As long as everybody was happy, then she was happy, not a great leadership style.
  • In contrast the other manager, who was a bit of an ogre. She would boom out orders to everyone and tell everybody exactly what they were going to do, keep lots of information to herself, so no one really knew what was going on. Also not a great leadership style.

Two very different leadership styles and two very different cultures, so how can that happen?

Why is it that you’ve got two teams who work for the same business, but their culture is so different?

I spent time looking at how these could be merged together.

There were several different ways the two HR department could be merged

1. Coaching the managers around their leadership style.

Giving them feedback on how they were perceived by others, coaching them on developing their leadership skills.

2. I ran several team sessions with exercises on working together, processes they used and how we could bring the best from both teams into one.

3. I also discovered a lot of acronyms were used.

I carried out an exercise with the teams around what these acronyms meant to them. Amazingly they meant different things to each team; they didn’t mean the same in the same organisation. How would that help with communication in a business?

The reason I’m telling you this story is because I want you to take a look around your business and see if this is happening to you.

I’ve talked before about the HR foundations of your business.

The HR foundations are key to getting you where you need to be, they’re the building blocks for what you need to create a great place to work. Without HR foundations it’s all going to fall down.

You need to make sure that you’ve got those HR foundations in place, that you start to build your processes, which link to your values, which creates your culture.

How can the culture be different in different parts of the business?

I’d like you to go and look at your teams, start to notice what is going on in your organisation.

  • Are there silos in your business?
  • Do sales and marketing have a different culture to finance?
  • Does the administration team have a different culture to marketing?
  • Go and have a look at the different areas in your business. Do they have their own individual cultures?

For your business to be successful you need to bring that culture together. They can’t be silos; they can’t be working with their own cultures. It has to be one culture.

Go and check it out and let me know how you get on.

If you want to find out more about how I can help you create a great place to work then book an exploratory session with me.