Motivation is commonly defined as the desire to do something. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong. Unfortunately, motivation can be hard to come by, and it can seem even harder to figure out how to motivate your fellow team members. I truly believe a little appreciation can lead to motivation. When people feel appreciated and valued, they tend to be more motivated to get things done and take action.
Showing your appreciation for a fellow team member doesn’t have to be complicated. Here at a2z, we have a coin system to ensure that all team members know they are an essential part of the organization. All a2z team members, regardless of position in the company, can give fellow team members coins. You can give a coin for just about anything, within reason. Wendy Woods, a long-time a2z team member and implementer of the coin system, says “Team members get coins for special effort, being generous with their time, making presentations, etc. Then, at the end of each quarter, the team member with the most coins gets a reward-as does the person who has awarded the most coins!” We believe giving the most coins and showing appreciation is just as important as earning the most coins and being exceptional.
The coin system we have at a2z allows us to show our appreciation for each other and engage in a little friendly competition. It’s always exciting to see who has the most coins at the end of each quarter, and who has awarded the most coins. It’s amazing the difference one small coin can make. It puts a smile on your face, let’s you know someone values you and your efforts, and motivates you to continue putting out exceptional work. In fact, I think I’m going to take a moment to give Wendy a coin for implementing our coin system.