Method

Explaining the meaning of the activity

Created by : OpenDecide Lab
Last update : August 9, 2018

Obstacle

"I don't know why we're doing this!" Your team seems to lose motivation? Loss of motivation is often linked to a lack of meaning in work. Here is a simple practice you can implement to improve this situation.

Steps

1

Hold a meeting with your team "because"

Hold a meeting dedicated to the topic. Explain that the purpose of the meeting is to discuss "what are we here for?" Voluntarily provocative, this will increase your team's interest in the meeting.

2

Present the impact of the company on the world

Write on a slide the mission of your company and explain it to your team.


If you find yourself not knowing what to communicate to your employees to inform them of the company's impact, you should take this point up with your hierarchy to clarify the point. 


The impact you talk about doesn't have to be huge, it may just be a value added such as: "we allow families who are separated in the world to be able to communicate by video" (Skype). Or even: "people who fly are allowed to earn money with their car during this time" (TravelerCar).

3

Present the impact of the team/service on the company

Create a slide showing the impact of the team's work on the entire company. Explain how the team is helping to fulfil the company's promise.

4

Collect the team members' opinions

Open a dialogue with your team, in case it is not convinced by its impact. Feel free to ask the question "I've heard your remarks. If we had to evolve our team's mission, what would you wish we changed?"

5

Explain the individual impact separately

When you assign a mission, specify 2 points: 

  • The objective of the mission to be achieved.
  • The why of the mission and the problem you are trying to solve.


We always think about setting objectives for tasks, but rarely explain why these tasks exist. This will allow each member of your team to feel like they contribute to the overall mission.

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