A new generation of employees are transforming ideas behind employee happiness, satisfaction, and treatment. We spoke before on How to Encourage and Motivate Our Future Leaders, and it’s time we delve deeper into this subject. HR leaders should take employee satisfaction seriously and want to do a good job at it. Today’s employees want fun, refreshing environments that stimulate them toward productivity. Here are four ways that you can incorporate fun into your work environment:
Build or Reinforce Your Team with Activities
Did you know that lack of socializing with peers, feedback and direction from managers, and an uninspiring office environment can lead to employee disengagement?
Team building is one of the most important investments you’ll make says Brian Scudamore. “It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.” It will also help boost employee happiness and retention rates!
One of the most important things to remember when planning a team building exercise is to leave the work at work. Trying to incorporate lessons about leadership, work responsibility, or other corporate morals is better left for the classroom. Team building exercises are for building relationships and rapport among co-workers and leadership, not for lectures on employee behavior. Your workers will be more open to the experience if they can trust that you want to know them personally, and that you don’t just consider them another piece to play in corporate chess.
Check out the Ultimate Guide to Team Building Activities for some awesome examples you can play at work, and remember that team building doesn’t need to be a one-off activity. You can incorporate team building every day with small actions like a team huddle, all-staff break and play times, or an interactive, throughout the day story building email.
Punch Up the Strategic Planning Process
Part of what makes work fun for employees is involvement and personal investment in the company. The best way to engage employees is to share the future of the company with them. Karen Roberts says in her blog 6 Steps to Engage Employees & Maximize Performance, “Business leaders can clear up uncertainty by helping employees see the future. Share with them your long-term vision, business goals, and plans. By giving employees a clear picture of where things are headed, they feel connected to your mission.” Like team building, the idea of sitting in a long collaboration meeting to discuss strategy and vision can seem dull to workers, so how you engage your team matters.
The Pendolino Group offers a visual graphics approach to strategic planning and visioning that blends company direction and employee engagement. Using dynamic visual planning tools and hands-on interactive techniques that promote teamwork and foster creativity, our team helps you collaborate with your whole organization to create and execute a strategic plan and vision.
It’s Not All About Money!
Employees want a compelling experience. Future Workplace and Beyond partnered to study the Active Job Seeker Dilemma and discovered a “disconnect between employers and job seekers.” Their study showed 56% of HR leaders said they seek to enhance employee experience. Jeanne Meister says in her Forbes article The Employee Experience is the Future of Work: 10 HR Trends for 2017 that employers must create a compelling employee experience, and 47% of employers are focusing on giving more rewards.
Implementing an office perks program is the first step in creating a fun work environment, and many employees are actively seeking companies that provide perks. The benefits should go beyond dental and healthcare and affect the personal lives of employees. Officevibe.com lists 25 of the Best Employee Perks You Need to Have including:
- Gym membership
- Company swag
- In-house yoga
- Allowance for mental health
- Parental Leave beyond the legal requirements
If you already offer perks, reconsider them by rolling out a quick survey to gauge what’s working for your company and where you can improve. Take the time to find out what your employees think are important within your perks budget then make the change. This will give employees the opportunity to be thought partners in their own experience.
Create an inviting office space where communication and creativity are encouraged. Look at your office space. Does it look bare bones and uninspiring? Try to develop an office aesthetic that makes employees feel welcomed by hanging your core values and any awards your company has received on the wall. Don’t be afraid to punch up the personality by adding color to the walls or make an “I’m Proud of This” wall on which employees can hang things like:
- Family portraits
- Drawings made by their children
- Work successes
- Vacation photos
- Copies of training certificates or college degrees
In addition to these suggestions, Jane Graham says in her blog How to Give Your Office Killer Personality in 5 Steps, “A turnstone Omnibus survey of over 500 small business owners or managers reports that 80% feel their physical space directly impacts their culture. And Aron Susman, Co-Founder and CFO of TheSquareFoot writes that office space effects not only culture, but team output, too—something with direct ties to your bottom line.” You can empower the evolution of your business to enhance employee happiness. Incorporate the above steps and then read our blog on leveraging culture macro trends to improve team results, and you will be prepared to motivate and refresh employees and accelerate their productivity.
Remember: Happy employees are well rounded employees that have higher job satisfaction and reduced stress levels!
Managing Employee Morale, Benefits, Team building Performance Management, Employee Relations, Leadership and Executive Coaching and Development, and all things “HR”, The Pendolino Group is here to support you and your team. Contact us today!