Brookdale Careers

  • 4 Proven Tips for Motivating Your Team

    January 17, 2017



    Tips on Motivating Your Team

    The things that motivate you could be different from what motivates your employees or colleagues, but everyone performs better with motivation and support. Identifying ways to keep your team motivated and highly productive can often be difficult as deadlines approach. However, these high-stress moments in the workplace are the perfect time to motivate and encourage staff. Consider the tips below as you look for ways to motivate those around you. These steps aren’t just for supervisors. They are for anyone who wants to take on a leadership role, become a true team player or are looking for ways to bring different personalities together.

    Check out these four proven steps to motivate a team:

    1. Observe. It takes time to get to know your team members and learn what may motivate them. Try to learn their work style, what they enjoy, their most productive time of day, and pay attention to when they seem frustrated or stressed. What factors played into them meeting goals, having a productive day or becoming stressed and frustrated?

    2. Celebrate. Celebrate achievements. No goal reached or successful moment during the workday is too small to celebrate. Sharing these moments with each other can help a team feel more cohesive and can help motivate others.

    3. Offer Support. Supporting your team members goes a long way towards motivation. When your team members are deep in a project, jump in and help. Don’t take the lead, offer assistance. Try to identify ways to offer support – it could be checking in, bringing coffee to all the team members one morning, or finding ways to share the workload so that they aren’t feeling so overwhelmed.

    4. Say Thank You. Be sure to thank your staff and colleagues when they help you. Or, did you observe them reaching out to help other staff members? Are you getting recognized for a completed job and have a full team beside you that helped you get there? Be sure they are also praised and thanked for the finished product in public. Give credit where credit is due.

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  • 4 Awesome Icebreaker Ideas to Improve Meetings

    January 10, 2017



    Ice breaker activities have long been incorporated into staff meetings, conferences, and classes as a way to help jump-start a meeting, breakdown barriers, energize the group, and provide a fun way for everyone to get to know each other a little better. Short activities and games can easily be incorporated into your workplace.

    Below are just a few ideas that you can easily do with your own team.

    1. Commonalities. Pick a number (let’s say 5), and your team must identify five things that everyone has in common. If your group is large, break the group up into smaller groups. Then have a representative from each group read aloud the list of what everyone in their smaller group has in common.

    2. Truth and Lie. Have your colleagues name three things about themselves. You can be specific or leave it up to each individual to name any three things. They must provide two truths and one lie. The rest of the group will guess which one of the three things is a lie.

    3. Team Building Questions. Identify a list of questions that can help your team get to know each other better. Let the group pick their question from a bowl. Below are five questions to get you thinking about the type of questions and other questions that you can create that would fit your work environment.

    • What is one of your work-related pet peeves?
    • What time of day do you feel you are your most productive?
    • What is a responsibility in your job that your co-workers may not be aware that you have?
    • If a co-worker has a question for you, do you prefer email, phone, messaging or stopping by your office?
    • What is a job that you have had in your past and how has it prepared you for your current role?

    4. Career Success Moments. Ask everyone in the room to reflect on a memory (or two) when they experienced success in their jobs. What are they proud of? This can be exceeding identified goals, creating a new program, being recognized by the company, or any experience throughout their career that they are proud of.

    You can also create your own ice breaker activities! All of the above can be tailored to what works best for your team or group.

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