When dealing with employees’ productivity, companies are left with two choices. One is to give incentives to their workers and the other is to hire motivational speakers. The two are effective in boosting productivity but hiring motivational speakers can be more advantageous during certain situations. In fact, companies with incentives programs will later on result to hiring speakers just to boost their employees’ productivity even further. To prove just how advantageous hiring these speakers is, here are some situations comparing these two.
• Expenses -
Although motivational speakers are paid huge amounts of money to deliver their speech, hiring them is actually less expensive than giving employees incentives. Incentives are costly because for it to work, they must be of big monetary value. Some examples are giving employees home appliances or even paid vacations. These things are not that expensive when they are given to just one or two employees. But when ten or more employees are after these incentives, it can be very costly to the company. Because of this, incentives are only limited to a few number. Employees will have to compete with each other just to avail of them. Sometimes, employees will not even try to compete for them since they already know that some other employee will always beat them. However, this won’t be the case when speakers are hired to do their job. Since the speaker will talk in front of an audience, his or her speech is intended to help all the people listening to him or her. Because of this, more employees will become productive and companies will spend less.
• Results -
When speakers talk, their speech will be embedded on the mind of the audience for a long time. Compared to giving incentives, motivational speeches are more of a long term solution than a temporary fix. When people receive their incentives, there is no guarantee that they will receive incentives again even if they try to do their best at work. There will always be the chance that someone else will be recognized as the better worker. Once an employee who did his or her best fails to get an incentive, chances are that he or she will no longer show his or her best performance. One reason for this is that the person already knows that he or she will not be rewarded with this kind of performance. On the other hand, inspirational speakers can tell them that the reward they can receive when they perform their best will not always involve material things. The reward can also come in intangible form such as self fulfillment.
Hiring motivational speakers can be more rewarding than giving employees material things in the long run. But for this to happen, the company should be aware of the qualities a speaker must have in order for him or her to be convincing. The speaker must be able to entertain his or her audience while making his or her speech. Entertainment is a must since without it, the audience will simply give their whole attention to the speaker. When this happens, the audience will not fully grasp what the speaker is trying to tell them. If they don’t understand the speaker, the speaker can’t influence his or her audience to be more productive. Another thing that a speaker must have is confidence. If the speaker doesn’t have the confidence in the first place, the audience will not believe in anything the speaker will say. In fact, they may even think that the speaker is only lying and because of this, they will never consider doing what the speaker is making them do.