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Whenever you sit down to plan a meeting, there are probably a number of questions floating around in your head.

  • “What’s the biggest problem challenging the attendees or my team right now?”
  • “How do I provide the most value for them so they feel good about stepping away from their work for a period of time?”
  • “Can I find a way to make this experience entertaining and engaging as well as educational?”

If your attendees are anything like most people, there are a few topics out there that could bring a breath of fresh air to these individuals, no matter what industry or role they work in.

Many employees are currently struggling with their emotional, mental, and even physical health. The pandemic has served as a collective trauma, and left many with unexpected challenges. When deciding on the focus of your next meeting, you may want to consider how to incorporate an aspect of wellness into your event.

Potential Problems Ahead

When employers neglect to focus on employees’ wellbeing, the bottom line is sure to suffer. Overworked and underappreciated employees experience higher levels of stress and more instances of illnesses that can lead to sick days and decreased productivity. Without intervention, these employees will become disengaged and will often seek new opportunities outside of the organization. And we all know how much money and time it cost to retrain new team members.

The situation is slightly better within organizations that foster a culture of teamwork. These employees often feel supported by their coworkers and are able to handle challenges better.

While a strong team can help, it’s still essential that you keep your employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health as a top priority. It seems that in today’s offices, conventions, meetings, and special events, health and wellness programs are becoming the “new normal”.


Wellness in the Workplace

Employees spend more time at work than anywhere else (at least while they’re awake). There are a number of ways to create a positive work environment that will improve employee health rather than take away from it, and many of these ideas can be incorporated into events as well. Some of the options to consider when it comes to wellness programs include:

  • Encouraging and rewarding exercise
  • Opportunities and space for meditation
  • Access to healthy food
  • Concierge services
  • Flexible work schedules
  • And many more

There’s also one that you may have never even thought of… drumming.

Health Benefits of Drumming

If you’re currently imagining people standing around a campfire, swaying to a rhythm of their own design, you aren’t far off. Scientists have been studying the effects of music on our health for years and have discovered a number of physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Some of these include:

  • Increased happiness: Drumming releases endorphins, “feel-good” chemicals that relieve pain and boost happiness.
  • Boosts immune response: Barry Mittman, MD, a neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, found that group drumming naturally increases T-cells that help protect the body from infection and can even help fight cancer.
  • Creates a sense of connectedness: According to Christine Northrup, M.D., “Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for ‘synchronicity’ in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.”
  • Allows you to be present: Drumming helps take you out of the “past and future” trap and allows you to be present in the moment.

These are just a few of the many health benefits. Now, let’s take a look at how drumming can improve business when it’s incorporated into meetings.

Business Benefits of Drumming

In case the business benefits of drumming didn’t jump out at you in that last section, let’s go one by one and see how those health benefits are great for your organization as well.

  • Increased happiness: Drumming is fun! Who couldn’t use a break from the daily grind to rock out and put a smile on their face?
  • Immune response: Healthier employees who are better able to fight off infection take fewer sick days and are more productive.
  • Sense of connectedness: Looking for a way to improve teamwork and encourage your employees to work together and support one another? Look no further.
  • Be present: Would you prefer employees to be distracted, stressing about the past and worrying about the future, or would you like them to be in the moment, focused on the task at hand?

Rhythms in Business

When Marvelless Mark was crafting his Rhythms in Business keynote, he didn’t set out to incorporate a health and wellness program into his presentation… but that’s just what he did! Now that he’s seen the scientific data on the benefits of drumming, and received feedback from meeting planners and attendees, he knows it’s a win-win. For the convention attendees, the meeting planners, and for him.

When you plan your next meeting, consider including the power of drumming in your program. Your attendees will have fun, lower their stress levels, enhance their team communication, and be able to return to work with a new excitement surrounding their job. If you’re looking for a way to energize your team, create happier and healthier employees, and improve your organization as a whole, it’s time to bring out their inner rockstars. The bonus, they all get to keep the conference branded drumsticks and receive an additional benefit of the power of collaboration and teamwork.

How to build high energy to motivate any business.

It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to experience a live concert, but just for a moment, think back to the last musician or band you saw perform. Are you there? Remember how you could sense the crowd around you? You could feel the music coursing through you, making your heart beat faster. That, my friends, is called Rock Concert Energy.

What if you could call up that energy at any time or any place? Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that enthusiasm, that passion, and that excitement whenever you wanted it? We’re not just talking about in your spare time. Nope. You can feel that way in your business.

Gaining Your Energy Back From The Pandemic

“I love my work, but being that enthusiastic on a daily basis? I don’t think so.”

Yes. Not only can you, but you must. The COVID-19 pandemic drained a great deal of our energy. However, as we begin to see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s become evident that energy is the number one element of success in 2021! If you want to not only survive, but thrive in business, you need to build up your energy and turn it on at any time. This is something that rock stars have known for years. They can’t command an audience or lead their band without energy. The same goes for business.

“I never feel very energetic. Is good energy just something you’re either born with or not?” 

Nope! Energy is a muscle like our biceps or our brains. When you work it out daily, it gets stronger. When you don’t, it gets weaker.

Put your consumer hat on for a few minutes. Imagine you’re at Universal Studios in Orlando and all the Disney characters are lacking energy. You’d regret spending any time or money there and it’d probably be the last time you went. In general, would you want to do business with someone who has low energy? No! So don’t be that person either. When you or your team has low energy, you become sluggish in your thinking and in your performance. This leads to business atrophy. You can’t lead or manage your team effectively without energy. You must be able to teach your team how to have high energy and inject it into them whenever needed.

6 Ways to Having High Energy in Business


  1. Watch who you surround yourself with. This doesn’t just pertain to your team at work; it’s also about the friends and family you see during your free time. Jim Rohn is well known for saying, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” This not only applies to success, but to energy as well. Ask yourself if you are spending time with energy producers or energy reducers.
  2. Change your state. In 2012, Amy Cuddy gave a TED talk entitled “Your body language may shape who you are.” In it, she discussed how 2 minutes of “power poses” each day can change how we feel about ourselves. This is because of something known as embodied cognition, meaning that our brain influences our body, and our body influences our brain. Don’t believe me (or Amy, for that matter)? Notice how you are feeling right now. If you’re in a good mood, feeling strong and healthy, you’re likely sitting upright with your shoulders back. However, if you’re feeling down today, you’re likely slouched over, shoulders slumped, head down. Now comes the fun part. Switch up your posture and notice what it does to your mood. You now have the power to control your energy at any moment.
  3. Delegate. Sometimes, a lack of energy is due to overwhelming, stress, and the feeling that you can’t possibly get everything done. Imagine if the lead singer of a band tried to play all of the instruments at once, in addition to singing. It would be a disaster! That’s what the band is for, which is where your team comes in. Delegate some of your responsibilities to others and lighten your load. Your energy will lift and recharge immediately.
  4. Get moving! Imagine a rock star trying to do air kicks on stage without some stretching and cardio in his off time. What you do outside of the office affects what you can do inside. When you leave work, do you plop down on the couch with a bowl of chips and the television remote or are you outside, living life? Exercise is important for you, no matter what that looks like for you. For some, it’s just a walk around the block after dinner. For others, it’s an hour or two at the gym before the rest of the world wakes up. Get moving and your energy will soar. Motion creates emotion.
  5. Take time to recharge. Even rock stars get off the stage every so often. You need time to be silent and tap into your intuition and your inner rock star. You need time to have fun away from the stresses at work and surrounded by the people you love.
  6. Bonus: Listen to motivational music. This is a no-brainer. Music motivates. Use it to jumpstart, fuel, or in addition to what you’re already doing. As a Rock Star Motivational Speaker, it’s the easiest way for me to create instant energy in a room. It will work for your team-building activities, team meetings, or creative jam sessions as I call them.

The Bottom Line

Energy is a necessity in your business and your life. Rock stars have known for years that the only way to give an unforgettable performance, one that has the crowd pumping their fists in excitement, is to tap into the energy. If you need assistance building the energy in your business meetings and teams; Orlando Motivational Speaker Marvelless Mark can help.

Contact us today to find out how Marvelless Mark can motivate your business at your next event.

From Depression Era to Baby Boomers, to Generation X, every generation tends to look at the next with a little bit of disapproval. Now that Millennials have entered the workforce, they seem to be taking the brunt of the judgment. However, if you want to motivate millennial workers, you’ll want to realize that they can’t all be grouped together in personality, work ethic, and goals. Just like every generation that has come before them, millennials are individuals. When you treat them that way, they’ll become the business rock stars you’ve always wanted.

Imagine a record label treating every rock star the same way. Those musicians would be looking for a new label in minutes. Millennial workers feel the same way. They don’t want to be stereotyped with others in their generation, they want to be treated as the unique employees they are.

How to Get to Know Your Employees as People

Sometimes, leaders forget that employees are people. Successful managers and successful businesses are the ones who see their employees as human beings first, and workers second. Here are a few questions that you can ask your employees to understand them and better manage them.

What Drew You to This Type of Work?

When you ask this question, your employee may give you some insight into their past, their family, or their passions. Perhaps they had a family member or friend who had whatever problem your company solves. Maybe they have had an interest in your industry since they were little. Understanding what makes your employees tick will help make the most of their role.

What Interests You?

Employees don’t cease to exist when they leave work. They go home to rich lives filled with hobbies, causes, and passions. Employees appreciate when you take the time to find out what they care about. You might even discover that you have something in common or that they have knowledge or skills that could benefit the company.

What Are Your Career Goals and Personal Goals?

There’s a very good chance that their current position is not the dream career that your employee is shooting for. Many millennials have a strong desire to improve their work and personal lives and to move up in the business world. Discuss their goals and find out how you can help move them towards those goals.

How Do You Prefer to Work?

This can encompass where and when they prefer to work, and can also include whether they prefer to work as a team or on their own, how they like to communicate with coworkers, and much more. Offering flexibility at work can allow employees to thrive in their positions.

How Do You Prefer to Be Managed?

Be honest, don’t you wish someone had asked you that question? Find out if your employee wants to be given freedom and space to work in their own way with little interruption, or if they want to receive frequent feedback regarding their performance and their accomplishments. Do they respond well to criticism or do they prefer positive feedback? Being open to leading on their terms will improve the experience for everyone.

Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that there is one thing millennials have in common with every other generation: they are all individuals. When you treat them as unique people with likes and dislikes, goals and aspirations, and personalities all their own, you create an environment for rock star productivity.

“I don’t work at being ordinary.” Paul McCartney

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.


When it comes to your employees, do you consider yourself a good communicator?  Even more importantly, do you consider yourself a good listener? If you’d like to better motivate your millennial workers, one of the key strategies is to listen to what they have to say.

The millennials were not brought up in households where “children should be seen and not heard” but rather were valued for their opinions and ideas. Much like rock stars, millennials are a powerful segment of the population who want to have a voice and make a difference in the world. They are talented, creative, and motivated. If you listen to what they have to say, you just might find the answers to your most pressing business issues.

How to Listen to Your Employees

As leaders, you likely underwent a great deal of training in regards to communication: How you can best share your ideas, your grand vision, and your daily expectations with your team. However, a huge (and often ignored) piece of communication is listening. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your millennial employees by taking their thoughts and ideas into consideration.

Be Available

An open-door policy sounds good on paper, but do you actually live it? Are you available at any time (within reason) for employees to discuss their concerns or present ideas to you? When employees see that you want to hear what they have to say, they’ll be more likely to talk to you, and less likely to become a source of negativity at the water cooler. If your job doesn’t allow you to be available at all times, set up specific hours when employees can meet with you.

Be Open-Minded

Do you have to be the source of all good ideas? Often, the answers to your problems and the innovative ideas necessary to move the company forward don’t come from management. These ideas come from the front-line employees who are in the trenches. When you are willing to listen and implement these ideas, you’ll open up a new world for your company.

Be Aware of Non-Verbal Cues

Just because you’re doing your best to communicate openly and honestly, doesn’t mean that your employee will do the same. They may control their words, but it is much more difficult to control body language. Even when they are holding back, their non-verbal cues will likely betray them. Keep an eye out for obvious movements like leaning back or forward in their chair, crossing their arms in front of them, shifting their body away from your direction, not maintaining eye contact, etc. These may signal that they are uncomfortable or excited about the conversation. It may also mean that they are feeling attacked and feel the need to defend themselves. If you pick up on a specific movement, gently question how they are feeling at that moment and they may relax and provide more information.

Be Respectful

Not every idea is a good one and not every complaint is valid. That being said, you should still listen, verify, and validate everything brought to your attention. Let your employees know that you understand what they are saying and will take it into consideration. People just want to be heard. Often, this is enough to put the problem to rest.

Be Honest

While you should always be honest with your employees, this tip actually refers to being honest with yourself. When you listen to your workers, they may tell you something that’s hard for you to hear. Perhaps they have an issue with your leadership style or don’t like the way that you handle certain situations. Whatever the criticism is, you’ll want to be honest with yourself. It’s always possible that they are deflecting one of their issues onto you and you won’t need to change your behavior. But, the possibility exists that you are actually doing something poorly. Look at your behavior, talk to a trusted friend or colleague, and decide whether you need to make a change within yourself.

Marvelless Mark®  reminds his clients that millennial employees want to be heard and considered. They want to have their own voice in the company.  When you are available, open-minded, aware of non-verbal cues, respectful and honest with their ideas and feedback, you will see the rock star results you know they are capable of.

“I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day. To get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about.” – Jay Z

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.


While the latest generation of employees values freedom and inspiration, these cannot be achieved without one very important thing… structure. If you are looking to motivate millennial workers, you’ll want to create a well-structured environment for them to thrive in.

It may seem counterintuitive, but there is actually quite a bit of freedom in structure. Think about our rock star friends. They may be the wildest, most unique individuals on the planet, however, they adhere to their own type of structure. They practice their craft, market their “product,” and follow the schedule that’s been set in front of them. At least they do if they want to succeed. Millennials understand the need for structure and actually crave it.

Providing Structure in the Workplace

An office filled with employees running amuck is bound to fail. However, if you learn how to create healthy, positive parameters within which your employees can work, you will be rewarded with productivity, creativity, and loyalty. Here are a few ways you can create structure in the office.

Clearly Communicate Roles

When you hire employees, do you make it perfectly clear what their responsibilities will be? Or, like many companies, do you hand them a 3 line job description and send them on their merry way? If an employee doesn’t know what they are supposed to do, they will be anxious, resentful, and will always fall short of your expectations.

It’s better to help your millennial workers understand what their position entails (a clearly defined role), what is expected of them (goals), and how and when they will be reviewed (receive feedback). This gives them the opportunity to meet and exceed your expectations and thrive in their work environment. This can be done at hiring or at any time during their employment. These roles and responsibilities should be discussed and then committed to paper (or computer) so that they can be referenced by both parties at any time. An employee manual should be included to discuss company-wide expectations.

Create Standard Operating Procedures

S.O.P.s not only give your employees freedom to make decisions within their daily activities, they actually free up your time as well. These procedures can be incredibly detailed, providing what-to-do instructions for every situation they are likely to encounter, or it can be an overall culture that permeates every decision such as “the customer is always right.” If your employees know that the customer is always right, they can act accordingly and without interrupting you for every little situation that presents itself.

Determine the Disciplinary Policy

Marvelless Mark® reminds his clients that not every employee will be perfect all the time. No matter how dedicated, talented, or intelligent they may be, mistakes are human and inevitable.

“Make mistakes, make mistakes, make mistakes. Just make sure they’re your mistakes.” Fiona Apple

What will you do when they happen? The most important part of a disciplinary procedure is communicating expectations. If your employees don’t know what they should and shouldn’t do, you can’t punish them for missteps. This is where the role responsibilities and employee manual comes into play.

Once you’ve communicated what they should and shouldn’t do, you must let them know what will happen if they don’t meet the expectations or follow the guidelines. Will there be a warning before action is taken? Will they be put on probation? Are there grounds for immediate dismissal? Whatever you decide is fine, under one condition. Whatever you decide must apply to every employee in the business. If different employees are held to different standards or one is punished for something whereas another employee’s behavior was overlooked, you open yourself up to angry employees and potential lawsuits.

Creating structure in the workplace is essential to motivate millennial workers. Thankfully, it’s also fairly simple. When you clearly define roles, create standard operating procedures, and determine the disciplinary policy early, your employees will have an environment in which to thrive and create rock star results.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.


In previous generations, employees were often satisfied doing the same type of work for their entire career. That has changed. If you are hoping to motivate millennial workers, consider offering them the freedom and the opportunities to explore different projects, positions, and departments.

Consider this: Rock stars love a good jam session. It’s not just because they love what they do (although that’s part of it), but rather because a jam session provides the freedom to experiment, to play, and to pick up some new skills in the process. Ever watch a guitar player hop over to the keyboard and a singer settle in behind the drum kit? That’s because they love to expand their horizons. Millennial workers have a similar mindset. You can embrace this and encourage experimentation, or you can see a high turnover rate from bored millennials.

How Can You Vary Assignments and Projects?

There are many opportunities to not only keep your millennial workers happy at work but also to further the creativity and innovation within your organization.

Have Employees Make the Rounds

Before aspiring doctors graduate from medical school, they spend several months doing rounds at a hospital. This gives them exposure to multiple areas of medicine and allows them to figure out where their passion and their talents lie. Why don’t we do that more often in business? Sometimes called “Office Rotation,” companies like HSBC, Emerson, and the NFL allow employees to experience different positions, different departments, and occasionally different locations altogether. Employees get training and experience in many different areas, and the companies provide support when it’s time to make the next move.

Allow Employees to Work on Side Projects

Work isn’t everything. Whether it’s a charitable cause or a side business, millennial employees will benefit from the opportunity to work on non-work projects during working hours. Google is famous for offering up to 20% of work time for side projects. This encourages productivity and innovation, keeps your employees happy, and often times, it yields new products or services for the business.

Encourage Cross-Departmental Teamwork

If your departments are separated from one another, employees rarely get to interact or learn what others are doing. Why not encourage employees to “buddy up” with someone from another department, learn about their roles and responsibilities, and perhaps collaborate to make improvements for the company. While your departments may do very different things, ultimately, you are all working towards the same goal.

“When we get together and rehearse — which is always­ — living with each other, we always talk about what would make it better, what would mean more, what would say more. So we’re always improving and growing.” –  Alice Cooper

Millennial workers will appreciate the opportunity to expand their horizons at work. Marvelless Mark® believes that when you give your millennial employees the ability to work on other projects within the department, outside of the department, or even outside of the company, they will be more productive, morale will be higher, and they will stay with your company for longer. And, you’ll see the rockstar results you’re looking for.

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Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

These days, fewer employees want to come to the office and work for 8 hours with their head down. If you are looking to motivate millennial employees, consider incorporating collaborative projects and promoting teamwork in the workplace.

Millennials have grown up in a completely connected world. From social media to video games, they are rarely alone. This need for connection and collaboration has transferred to their working environments. Just like a rock star who takes some time to pursue a solo career, only to find themselves reuniting with the band, millennials want to work together.

7 Ways to Promote Teamwork and Bring Your Employees Together

You realize that your business or department would be doing better if employees worked as a team rather than in silos. But how do you encourage teamwork in an office setting and limit the drama that occurs when employees have more contact with one another and are responsible for a collaborative project?

When you promote good teamwork, you can instantly begin to improve workplace culture across generations. Below we explain how to build teamwork in the workplace and ultimately bring your millennial employees together.

1. Share the Company’s Mission

If your employees don’t know why they are doing what they are doing, if they don’t understand the big picture of the organization, they’re likely to get stuck in the details of their daily tasks. This means that while they may want to do an excellent job in their role, they don’t understand how their role fits into the grand mission, and how they can work with other employees or departments to reach the company’s goals.

2. Clearly Communicate Roles & Responsibilities

When employees don’t know what is expected of them, they’ll find it difficult to succeed in their position. Even more detrimental to a team environment, they won’t know where their job ends, and another employee’s job begins. This could lead to confusion, disagreements, and unnecessary drama. Every employee should know what they are supposed to do.

3. Value Every Employee

While every employee should know what their exact role is, they also need to understand how they fit into the big picture, and most importantly, that every employee is valuable and appreciated.

For example, if you treat your tech people like lower class citizens because they don’t bring in the money like salespeople, they will not only resent you, they will also resent their sales counterparts.

Every employee should be treated as an irreplaceable piece of the larger organization.

4. Encourage Collaboration

You can say that you want employees to work together, but if you don’t show them with your behaviors, they won’t feel as if they can.

  • Create communal workspaces for employees to get together and share ideas.
  • Offer bonuses or prizes based off of teamwork, rather than keeping them for more traditional goal achievements.
  • Maybe even offer the flexibility to work when it is convenient for both employees to get together.

The goal is to show your employees that you approve of and appreciate teamwork.

5. Don’t Micro-Manage

Micromanagement is the kiss of death for any manager, but especially those dealing with millennials. If you spend your days watching over their shoulders, nothing new will ever be created. Allow your employees the freedom to work together, brainstorm and present new ideas, and fail.

6. Utilize Technology

Have you figured out yet that millennials really like technology? While in-person meetings will never become extinct, many millennials prefer to communicate through social media channels, project management programs, and instant messaging apps.

These tools will allow them to keep in touch, divvy up the workload, stay apprised of what the other person is up to, and capture any brainstorm results.

7. Hire “Teammates” Not Just Employees

Encouraging collaboration begins with the very first interview. If you hire people that don’t play well with others, teamwork may be an unattainable goal for your organization. However, if you preface job interviews with your thoughts on teamwork, you’ll be more likely to hire correctly.

Whenever possible, invite other team members to the interview so you can see the interactions and decide if the potential hire would be a good fit.

Make it your long-term mission to improve teamwork amongst your millennials and older generations in your organization by following the tips above. After all, you are a rockstar leader.

Marvelless Mark® remind his clients that millennials want to be a part of a “band” at work. Encourage teamwork, and you’ll see your millennial workers blossom into rock stars.

“As good as I am, I’m nothing without my band.” Steven Tyler

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Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

Your Baby Boomers or Gen X employees may be comfortable with their once a quarter or even once a year review, however, if you want to motivate millennial workers, you’ll want to offer feedback more often.

The Millennial generation is used to getting constant feedback from their parents and teachers. This need for outside validation doesn’t stop when they enter the workforce. Receiving positive feedback can inspire your millennial workers to be more creative, more productive, and more satisfied at work.  Can you imagine a rock star performing to a silent audience?  Cheers and chanting are the fuel that inspires musicians to rock out on stage and you have the ability to do the same for your employees. But it’s not just about cheerleading. Millennials have a strong desire for self-improvement and will thrive on opportunities to better themselves.

Best Practices for Offering Feedback to Millennials

Not only do millennials require more feedback to excel at work, they also need it delivered slightly differently. Sometimes considered to be the most “sensitive” generation, millennials thrive on positive reinforcement more than negativity and punishment. Here are a few steps to provide your millennials with the feedback they crave.

Utilize SMART Goal Setting

While not technically considered “feedback,” if your millennial employees don’t know what’s expected of them, they’ll be confused and resentful when you tell them that they aren’t living up to their responsibilities. Whether it’s at the beginning of their employment, after a position change, or when you begin to implement your feedback system, you’ll need to review their job responsibilities and expectations. Once they clearly understand what they should be doing, you can hold them accountable. SMART goal setting is the best way to outline and communicate your expectations.

Provide the Good with the Bad

No one wants to hear that nothing they do is good enough. However, older employees may be used to this type of feedback and may tolerate it better than a millennial. When talking to the younger generation, be sure to include what they are doing right, not just what needs improvement. Even when it’s difficult to find the positive, remember that there are many facets to an employee’s job performance. Maybe they aren’t making their sales numbers but they have an excellent attitude that spreads throughout the office. Maybe they are late to work frequently, but once they get there, they work harder than everyone else. There’s almost always something you can praise an employee for.

Discuss Specific Behaviors

When you discuss intangible characteristics or behaviors like a “bad attitude,” millennial employees may feel attacked. If you discuss specific, measurable behaviors that can be pinpointed and improved upon (like being late), they will have an easier time grasping the concept and being solution-focused.

Offer Opportunities to Improve

Once you’ve outlined the behaviors that need to be corrected, it’s time to offer support and education to correct them. Does your employee need more training? Do they need a mentor who will guide them on their journey? Millennials will be much more willing to accept corrective feedback when it comes with a way to correct it.

Provide Regular Feedback

Possibly the most important aspect of providing feedback to millennials is providing it frequently. These don’t have to be official sit down meetings with HR representatives and “permanent files.” Sometimes a nod along with a “Great job on that last call,” is enough to motivate a millennial to work even harder. Imagine an environment where employees were told daily how much they’re appreciated. Now that is motivating!

Communicate with Technology

You may see texts or social media messages as a distraction throughout the day, but to your millennial employees, it’s just another way (and possibly their preferred way) to communicate. Shoot them a quick “thank you” or “good job” throughout the day. Even an emoji can brighten their day.

Schedule a Follow-Up

A need to improve, even if it’s accompanied by a plan to improve, is nothing without a scheduled follow-up. By what date will you check in to make sure the issues have been resolved? Make it clear that they have a specific timeframe to work on improvements and provide the support they need to make them.

Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that a need for constant feedback isn’t necessarily a bad thing. An employee that wants to improve and succeed is a great asset to any company. When you learn to communicate with your millennial workers, they’ll reward you with rock star results.

“The more you learn about everything, the easier it is to do it.” Dolly Parton

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

You know that memo that went out about 30 years ago saying that work shouldn’t be fun? Millennials never got that memo. If you want to motivate millennial workers, you’ll want to incorporate a sense of play into your business.

You already know that millennials are looking for more than a paycheck. They want work satisfaction, personal development, strong relationships in the office, and most importantly, they don’t want to feel like they are wasting their lives slaving away behind a desk. Think of them as business rock stars who would rather feel like work is play.

The companies that incorporate fun into their daily activities, will not only motivate their current employees to be more productive and creative but will become known as a “fun place to work” where amazing employees are drawn. The question, is how do you incorporate fun into your business while still serving your customers and improving your bottom line?

Ways to Incorporate Fun Into the Office

When you think of “fun companies,” a few businesses may come to mind. Zappos, Yelp, and Google, just to name a few. But what makes these companies a good place to work?

Play Games

Seriously… play games. Take a cue from Method, the natural cleaning product company that holds an annual ping-pong tournament of the newbies vs experts or CrowdFlower that inspires playful rivalries with bughouse chess. When employees have something fun to look forward to, heading to the office each day seems less like “work.”

Get Physical

Working out feels good. People that have moderate physical activity or healthier, happier, and more productive than those who don’t. No, you can’t require employees to work out, but you can give them the opportunity and the motivation to do it. Employees at Birchbox are accustomed to a gong going off throughout the day signaling that it’s time to do pushups and sit-ups. Many other companies offer different types of fitness classes or a gym on the premises. Don’t have the staff or the room for a workout space? Why not stop the workday for a random dance party? Flickr has an in-house DJ for just such an occasion.

Welcome Furry Friends

Fun abounds when there are puppies roaming the office. Companies like Google and Tito’s Handmade Vodka have incorporated dogs into their employee culture, allowing workers to share their office space and their day with their fur kids.

Break Bread Together

Happy hours are great ways to encourage socializing outside of the office, but they can be uncomfortable for people who don’t drink or don’t like to indulge in a “professional” setting. On the other hand, everyone needs to eat. Sharing a meal either in the office or after hours can create a fun work environment where employees develop friendships well beyond the traditional co-worker relationships.

Rock Out

Marvelless Mark® reminds his clients that music is the universal language and nothing can bring a team together faster than a good old jam session. Allow employees to play and share their favorite music or get your inspiration from music startup company BandPage and provide a jam room in the office so your employees can actually get together and make music.

Work doesn’t have to be boring, stuffy, and something that employees dread and resent. Whether you have millennial employees or any other generation, creating a fun, engaging environment will make for happier, more motivated employees, and a healthier company overall.

“As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.” – Bono

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

You may think that an employee who is surfing the internet is slacking on the job, but did you ever consider that it was actually improving their performance? As managers adjust to the newest generation in the workforce, they are finding that in order to motivate millennial workers, they must release the old expectation that an employee will be 100% focused on a single task at hand.

Millennials have grown up in a time where watching television, texting with a friend and surfing the internet, all at the same time, is not only doable but expected. This ability to juggle multiple tasks at once has transferred over to the office. Just like a rock star who can make up lyrics while jotting down chords and flirting with a groupie, millennials need to do multiple activities to keep them excited about their work.

Benefits to Multitasking

There are many benefits to working on multiple tasks simultaneously. These benefits are not only for the employee, but they also translate to a better bottom line for the business.

Saves Time

It almost goes without saying that doing more than one thing at a time would help you save time. Why accomplish one thing when you can accomplish three?

Improves Satisfaction

Millennials get bored very easily. If they are tasked with performing one job all day, every day, they will be unsatisfied and start looking for their next opportunity. When they have the freedom to attack multiple projects at once, they’ll be more mentally stimulated and emotionally motivated to accomplish more.

Increases Productivity

If you’d like your business rock stars to reach their full potential for creativity and productivity, multitasking will help. It fires up the brain and gets the creative juices flowing.


Whether your business is in the growth stage or you are well established, there are often tasks that go above and beyond the employee’s job description. When workers are allowed to multitask, they become quick thinkers who are able to adapt faster and solve problems faster. These employees are also able to communicate better with their coworkers and don’t immediately lose the ability to work on the task at hand every time they are interrupted.

Personal Development

Allowing multitasking in the office allows employees to learn and grow while they are working. It also improves self-confidence as more tasks are completed successfully.

What Does Multitasking Look Like?

Multitasking can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s the opportunity to listen to music while they work. For others, it’s having the freedom to chat with friends while they complete their work. And for some, it’s just about working on different projects at the same time.

Ultimately, the important word here is “work.” If your employees are getting their projects done on time, serving the customers, and reaching any goals that you’ve set forth for them, give them the freedom to multitask in whatever way they see fit. Marvelless Mark® reminds his clients that when you trust your employees to bring their best selves to work, the details of how they work, suddenly seem a lot less important.

Millennials are a very unique and powerful generation. The better you get at motivating them, leading them, and understanding what makes them tick — the more you’ll bring out their inner rock stars.

“One new feature or fresh take can change everything.” Neil Young

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.