The Benefits of Having a Motivational Speaker

Engaging a motivational speaker or guest speaker can be something that benefits your business and team in many ways. Speakers can impart knowledge, improve performance and provide coaching on a variety of topics. Why hire a guest speaker? Well lets look at some of the issues that need to be addressed by employees and employers in today's business world.

Presenteeism and Absenteeism Reduction

There is plenty of facts and figures. Research by Towers Perrin which surveyed over 34,000 employees showed that organisations with positive mood engagement cultures are 270% more profitable than those who don't. Your staff are your most valuable resource. They make your organisation, innovate and develop business. It is worth investing in them for returns in the long run. If you don't have an engaged workforce your bottom line suffers. The cost to the Australian economy in 2009 and 2010 of disengaged staff was $34.1 billion, almost 5 times the cost of absenteeism.

Stress Reduction

In recent surveys it has been found that 40%1 of workers feel they are 'typically stressed out everyday' and this stress isn't healthy with 10% of those stressed rating their levels of stress as extreme (ranging from 8 to 10 on a 10 point scale). This stress is costly. Stress leave claims cost around $250,0002 per claim. Every time an employee leaves an organisation it costs that business between $50000 and $100000 per person.  34%3 of lost productivity is stress related and presenteeism and absenteeism can lead to depression and stress disorders. Hiring a guest speaker adds value to your employees and can help them enjoy the environment they are working in. Taking on board further coaching and consulting in this area can strengthen the message that guest speakers bring and can change cultures in the corporate environment.

Engaging Staff

Businesses all need engagement. We need to engage customers, clients, members and most importantly our workforce. We have all had bad days at work. We are uninterested, disengaged and poorly motivated as a result our performance suffers. When this problem becomes ongoing, chronic and lasting the situation worsens and spreads. Hiring a motivational speaker that is entertaining and promotes health and well being encourages a psychologically healthier, happier workforce thus reducing presenteeism, absenteeism and disengaged workforce.

1. 2011 R U OK? At Work Survey, Published in Australian Financial Review.


3. Research by Medibank, 2011, Sick at Work

Grahak Cunningham is a four time finisher of the 3100 Mile Race. His corporate coaching and guest speaking programs on team building, resilience and stress reduction deliver effective business results. When Grahak is not running or working he enjoys tennis and travel (by plane!)

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