10 ways to motivate your employees

Employee motivation is important in a healthy work environment. Once motivated, employees are more engaged and tend to devote maximum effort to their tasks, which is a clear benefit to the organization as a whole.
January 28, 2021

Article by:

Patrick Vieljeux
CEO, Causedirect

3min read

Causedirect_10 ways to motivate your employees

Employee motivation is important in a healthy work environment. Once motivated, employees are more engaged, and tend to devote maximum effort to their tasks – which is a clear benefit to the organization as a whole.

Here are a 10 ways to motivate your team during a pandemic:


There is nothing more rewarding and fulfilling than acting for the common good, and helping others.

Volunteering can be done online (we will talk here about skill-based sponsorship) or on-site.

For example, one of your team members may provide legal advice to an association, or create its website, while the other may repaint the walls of a school or distribute hot meals to the elderly.
In both cases, the simple fact of making oneself useful to others is a source of fulfillment and motivation.

Especially if you, as an employer, show that you care about the issues that concern your employees, and personally help them find the volunteer work that suits them.

Organizations looking to go the extra mile may promote fundraising actions – and, on top, donate matching funds to a chosen organization.

Employees will be more motivated to work for a company that strives to help others.


It is relatively simple to set up a solidarity day once a month.

Specifically, teams can raise funds for an association, or organize the distribution of hot meals to people living in precarious conditions.

Here again, the simple fact of creating an altruistic activity is a source of motivation and encourages collaboration.


The fact that we’re working remotely does not impede one to organize a challenge.
In fact, challenges and other team-bonding initiatives are needed now more than never.

If cultivating a culture of purpose is a priority for your organization, you may want to gear the challenges towards solving an issue that your community is facing.

In the absence of being able to meet physically, online hackathons can be organized to solve a societal problem, or simply a problem specific to the company – such as thinking about a solution to reduce its carbon footprint.
A challenge is mobilizing, encourages teamwork and innovation, and can easily be organized once a month.


Well-being in the “workplace” is more important than ever in these uncertain times, where stress and burnout have become commonplace. Employees need to feel protected and safe
One example is online mindfulness sessions with experts, to share with your team the benefits of meditation.

You may also opt for organizing healthy weeks (or healthy months), where you promote a balanced food program designed by nutritionists, and promote – in a safe way and according to your government recommendations – outdoor activities.

If you’d like to go the extra mile, you may consider offering your employees yoga mats and weight-training instruments. Some organizations have also made available apartment bikes.

This type of benefits, which can be made available to your teams, can help reassure your employees by showing them that you are attentive to their physical and mental needs.


It’s about showing your employees that you care about them, and about what they do outside of work hours.

Make your best to adapt working hours and schedules so your teams can take time for themselves.This go a long way to ensure proper off-time, and that your employees can rest and focus on non-work activities – which can be quite challenging when working from home, especially if your teams have kids at home as well.

If you’d like to create a sharing culture as well in your organization, you could create ways for employees to share their passion within the organization.


A company as well as its employees have every interest in encouraging intrapreneurship.

The benefits are numerous and have already been the subject of a post. Intrapreneurship fosters commitment at work, encourages innovation within the company and contributes to its growth, not to mention that it encourages collaboration and teamwork.


This is an unorthodox but effective way to break the routine.

From time to time, we need to shake things out a little, and to take a break in a different way. Your teams may later go back to work with a different energy.

For example, one can organize Country Days, where people research the culture of a specific country and share her/his findings with their colleagues (in an innovative way).

Or a musical day, where employees could give a concert online and show off their talent!


The blog can be useful to allow employees to express their anxieties, or simply to share inspiring stories. It is sometimes surprising to see how the simple act of writing can significantly improve employees’ well-being and motivation.


Adopting a more horizontal organization, where employees are more empowered, is key to motivate your teams and to build trust.

This is particularly relevant when people are unsure about their career progression and promotion criteria at the time when most of us are working from our own homes.

In areas where schools have closed, employees with young children at home may be forced to have a different work schedule. For this (large) group of people, many are questioning how this will impact their career.

It’s a fact that the negative professional impacts of covid19 are higher on women, including pay cuts and job loss.

For instance, McKinsey has found that women’s jobs are 1.8x more vulnerable to the covid19 crisis than men’s.

And according to the Smithsonian magazine, in September 2020 alone over 1.1 million people quit the workforce in the US – of which 80% were women.

Organizations must adapt their career progression programs to ensure that no one is left behind – especially the ones who are the most at risk.


A wall of heroes or employee of the month initiatives are an effective way to ensure that hard-working employees are noticed, even in remote settings.

For example, you can send a company-wide email to recognize the work of a particular team or employee, publish about them on the blog or on the company’s home page, call employees to thank them personally, etc.

With a busy schedule and/or a large team, it can be difficult to remember to recognize everyone, but creating a specific calendar can help.

There are many ways to motivate your employees. And there is no time like now to further promote a friendly, rewarding – and remote! – work environment.


Patrick Vieljeux



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