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Inspiration / 8.2.18

Encouraging a Growth Mindset With Incentive Travel

Posted by SITE Foundation

By: MTI Events
 

What is a Growth Mindset?

While job positions typically come with clearly articulated responsibilities that define the parameters of the job, in a growth mindset company workers are encouraged to collaborate, contribute, and create on the job, which is when company growth occurs. Managers that encourage employees to learn new skills, give constructive feedback, and share knowledge will help team members reach their potential as well as contribute to increased overall productivity. This can result in higher sales, healthier work environments, and motivated employees.

Benefits of a Growth Mindset Include:

  • Motivated employees that give and receive constructive feedback
  • Welcoming change and implementing new practices quickly and effectively
  • Inspiration from other teammates’ and their achievements
  • A collaborative effort to share knowledge that leads to cohesive company-wide success

By challenging staff members to continually seek new creative ways to improve production or design better services or products, this growth mindset environment will yield employees who are more engaged, more willing to learn new skills, and far less likely to bail in search of a more interesting new challenge. But what do you do when employees are uninterested in this growth mindset and view change negatively?

How to Encourage a Growth Mindset with Incentive Travel

No one claims that adopting a growth mindset will result in one success after another. On the contrary, taking risks in search of finding new and innovative ways to increase sales or promote growth can sometimes prove to be difficult. Sometimes you need to give them a nudge in the right direction. A great way to motivate employees that are digging their heels in the ground when it comes to change is through incentives-specifically incentive travel programs.

Incentive Travel as a Motivator

Some business owners tend to not see incentive trips as an option when it comes to motivating employees to improve their performances. Using an exotic incentive trip as a motivational tool can increase your revenue and keep employees inspired to welcome innovation and change. Your stick-in-the-mud employee doesn’t want to miss out on the fun trip that everyone else is going on and will probably be willing to at least attempt to learn something new and contribute to company growth.

Design a Trip that Appeals to Everyone

Designing an incentive travel program that is effective can be a bit tricky. You need to consider the interests of most if not all of your employees. If you want your incentive program to be effective, you need to make it appeal to the 55-year-old sales guy and the 25-year-old woman in marketing, otherwise your entire goal of motivating your team to make a change and increase productivity will be all for nothing. You have to find a happy medium that will please all parties involved in the trip.

Incorporate Motivational Meetings into the Trip

We know that this seems like it will have adverse effects, people don’t want to sit in a meeting while they are on vacation, we get it. With that being said, an incentive trip is actually the perfect time to have a motivational meeting and let employees express how they feel about the current state of the company. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are interested in hosting a motivational meeting while on your company getaway.

  • Keep it short (45 minutes or less) unless you have an awesome speaker scheduled
  • Keep topics light and upbeat
  • Don’t talk numbers-this triggers employee stress
  • Open the floor to employees to express opinions-they will feel more relaxed and willing to voice their comments and concerns
  • Don’t forget that the goal of this meeting is to motivate employees not to reprimand them.


About MTI Events:

MTI Events is a certified woman owned, full service incentive and event planning company based in Overland Park, KS. Our business was founded 30 years ago with the desire to offer turnkey solutions for our clients. We succeed by building relationships throughout a wide variety of industries, partnering with clients who are focused on success and growing as they grow. This remains the goal of every client relationship that we establish. Our mission is to treat every participant with first-class service, to build memories and to motivate your team. No detail is too small, and focus on these details makes MTI Events the right choice for your planning needs. www.mtievents.com

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