A day designed to make Britain’s workforce, feel Great again

Employee Motivation Day (EMD) 2016 took place on Thursday 25th February. It is an event created by Argos for Business to inspire passion and appreciation across the country’s workforce and encourages all organisations to put motivation to the forefront of business thinking.

On EMD, businesses held their own events including UKFast, PAL Hire, Royal Bank of Scotland and QHotels and many more. Motivation was the main topic of conversation across the nation – in fact, 165 radio stations mentioned EMD 2016, Lawrence Jones, founder of UKFast, appeared on Sky News talking about the campaign and, on Twitter, #EmployeeMotivationDay reached 1,694, 250 Twitter accounts on one single day!

Ahead of Employee Motivation Day, Argos for Business commissioned a nationwide survey exploring motivation levels among the UK’s workforce and examining how various personality types take on very different roles. All employees have a specific skills set and form a vital part of a team in the workplace, whether they are people-orientated, creative, questioning or prefer to work quietly and independently – they all deserve to be recognised for their ongoing contribution to a business. Businesses can thrive by encouraging a collaborative working environment that allows each personality type to have an impact.

According to the research, the most popular work personality is Captain Questions. A fifth of workers placed themselves in this category – probing and problem solving in a group is the thing they enjoy most about work. These are the most likely candidates to call collective brainstorms to reach a decision and also encourage free-thinking and offer thanks for all suggestions and input.

The second most popular personality type is, conversely, the Independent Introverts at 15 percent, those who make decisions in their head before expressing out loud, followed by the Confident Creatives (11 per cent). Just over one in five employees will be a Big Idea Bod, understanding that it will be others in the group who make their ‘big picture’ thinking feasible.

Why EMD?

Holding your own official Employee Motivation Day can be a simple way to encourage everyone in your company so show their appreciation for everyone’s hard work.

  • If you’re a leader, running an Employee Motivation Day, on a day of your choice, is your chance to motivate your employees, helping to get the best out of them. Companies should acknowledge and reward employees in ways that suit the individual. Ultimately, a one-size fits all approach is not advisable, particularly when you consider how many personalities make up a team.
  • For staff, it’s your chance to recognise the contribution your colleagues make to the team.

Want to get involved?

You can create your own Employee Motivation Day for your business and let us know what you get up to. Be creative and remember to include everyone within your organisation to really put motivation and appreciation back on everyone’s agenda for 2017.

  • You can share your motivational stories via our Facebook page or Twitter feed
  • Use the hash tags #NatMotivateDay #EmployeeMotivationDay #emd #MakeTheTeam
  • Check out what other companies have done, and follow us for regular ideas and updates.