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Manager Madness

  1. 1. MISSISSIPPI SHRMMotivating Your EmployeesSunday, May 12, 13
  2. 2. MotivationWhat motivates your employees? While this may sound like a simplequestion to answer it is, unfortunately, not so. Many businessesallocate a portion of the yearly budget for nothing else but motivatingtheir employees. Many businesses, on the other hand, do not feel thatspending money to motivate an employee who is already being paid isnecessary. Regardless of which is right, wrong, or if there is even aright/wrong factor in play, the bottom line is that we are all motivatedby something. It was recently stated by someone that “I work so that Ihave the means to do the other things in life I want to do”. To somedegree this might hold a bit of truth for all of us.Sunday, May 12, 13
  3. 3. Employeessometimes feellike they areghosts.Do we even see them?Sunday, May 12, 13
  4. 4. ProductivitySuffersHow much is lost due to watching theclock ready to go home?It’s only8:15!Sunday, May 12, 13
  5. 5. MANAGER MADNESSSpend $50 and increase productivity!Sunday, May 12, 13
  6. 6. Let us begin with a warning and get thenegative out of the way before we move onto the positive. Should you decide to investnot only company funds but your own timeand energy into a motivational endeavor it isimportant to secure commitment from thekey players who will be participating. One ofthe worst things that can happen whenattempting to motivate employees is to havethem say “oh, here they go again” becausethey’ve seen the company start/stop/stop/stop/start/start/start, etc. etc. etc. and they’velost faith. Make them expect the unexpected.Sunday, May 12, 13
  7. 7. This is what Manager MadnessFridays is all about. Instead of havinga weekly “event” that is the samething each week done by the sameperson(s), Manager Madness involvesall managers causing each week to beowned by a different manager. Indoing so it creates managerinteraction, causes managers to worktogether, and creates interactionsbetween employees and managerswho would not normally interact.Sunday, May 12, 13
  8. 8. This is how it works:Choose a project manager (usually one but no more thantwo managers) who will be responsible for making surethat something is done each week. Next, decide theduration of the motivational campaign and how muchmoney you want to spend ($10/$20/$25/$50) – or decide ifyou want to do it indefinitely and decide on what day of theweek you want to use and assign a different manager toeach week.(You could have Manager Madness Mondays to start off theweek or randomly choose a different day of the week eachweek to keep the employees on the watch.) Let themanager choose from a list or create his/her own thing todo for the week. (Caution here – make sure the projectleader reviews the game to ensure it is appropriate.) Then,have fun!Sunday, May 12, 13
  9. 9. Movie Night – Make it a movie night. Buy a gift certificate fromthe local theatre and a local restaurant. Then, enter allemployees (minus managers) into a drawing. Draw a name – thewinner gets dinner and a movie.Sunday, May 12, 13
  10. 10. Make sure the events work for your office setup.If all of your employees work outside the office then you mightwant to choose something done completely by email.In the end, make sure that it is FUN for your employees.Remember, you want to MOTIVATE!A Few Suggestions:Sunday, May 12, 13
  11. 11. BINGO – Buy bingo cards. Scan the cards (color if possible) sothat they can be used again. Print out the copies, cut them, andpaste them to a poster. Periodically throughout the day pullnumbers until someone gets BINGO. You can have two winners($25/each) or five ($10/each.)Sunday, May 12, 13
  12. 12. Mystery Manager – Collect facts about a manager but find somefacts that are the same for more than one manager. (Example: Iwork with marketing could mean the Marketing Manager plushis/her manager.) Send out the clues via email. (To make itreally fun create a mystery manager email address so that theycan’t tell who sent the email!) At the end of the day the personwho guesses correctly wins. Have a drawing if more than oneguessed correctly.Sunday, May 12, 13
  13. 13. Where in the Office is (item)? – Choose an item in the office.(Perhaps the CEO’s paperweight, perhaps a No Smoking Signfrom the reception area, perhaps…… get the picture!) Takethe item to various places around the office and take pictures.Then, send the pictures out via email periodically throughout theday. Let employees guess the location and the winner is theperson who guesses the most correctly. As always, if more thanone winner, do a drawing.Sunday, May 12, 13
  14. 14. Your Company History - Ask a series of questions about yourcompany. (Examples are: When was your company founded?When did you move into your current location? What is the fullname of the owner of your company? How many people work foryour company?) Allow the employees to answer the questionsand then choose a winner from the person who answered themost correctly. If a tie – as usual – do a drawing. This will servethe purpose of having a motivational game but also serve to teachemployee’s information that they may/might not know/remember about your company.Sunday, May 12, 13
  15. 15. MOTIVATEIN THE ENDSunday, May 12, 13
  16. 16. Acknowledgements:Visit MSSHRM at http://www.msshrm.orgInformation taken from HRtoWHO byKyle Jones @, May 12, 13