At the end of the day, without a dedicated group of staff members, your business would not be able to function. They inevitably play a vital role in ensuring whether or not your business is a success so it only makes sense to treat them well and keep them happy.
At the end of the day, without a dedicated group of staff members, your business would not be able to function. They inevitably play a vital role in ensuring whether or not your business is a success so it only makes sense to treat them well and keep them happy. Every company goes through its ups and downs, and all too often employees can feel as if they’ve fallen into a dull routine. It’s up to management to think up ways to beat the monotony and rekindle that office excitement. Thinking out of the box and finding interesting ways to increase office morale can be quite the challenge, so here are a few unconventional methods for motivating your employees and keeping those spirits high.
Give employees the opportunity to pursue their passions
Responsibilities of some kind accompany any position within a company, but it’s also important that employees have some freedom to work on their own personal projects. Putting time and effort into your day job shouldn’t equal not being able to pursue your own passions. Some businesses have designated hours set aside during the week when employees are encouraged to work on their own projects (that are somehow related to the company). They then share the results which sometimes even lead to projects being adopted by the business. Working on something you really love can often help to inject some much-needed creativity into your other work and can get those fresh and exciting ideas flowing. Why not give this a go with your employees? You may just be pleasantly surprised.
Introduce nap rooms
This may sound completely crazy but getting those extra 40 winks during the work day can really help to enhance productivity and recharge those batteries. Consider introducing a “nap area” for when employees just need to catch some shut-eye during the day. Hopefully this privilege won’t be abused but rather used as a means of sparking creativity through rest. It may sound counter-productive, but when managed correctly, it can really produce positive results.
Make fun part of your business model
Employees often need to be reminded that work doesn’t have to be all about work and no play. Management can introduce something fun each month (even if it’s something small) that is sure to get people to relax and have a good time. Something like a “Game Day” always goes down a treat and gives people the opportunity to get to know each other as ordinary people, not just as colleagues. An in-house competition will encourage team work and hopefully strengthen ties while simultaneously allowing people to enjoy themselves within the office space.
Offer family discounts
It’s one thing to show your employees that you care about them and their growth, but it’s another to extend that thoughtfulness to the families for which they work so hard to provide. Look into partnering up with certain businesses so that you can offer family discounts to your employees and their families. It’s a gesture that will not go unappreciated and will show your employees that it’s not only their best interests you’re looking out for, but also those of their family members.
Make employees feel special
Sometimes going that extra mile can really make all the difference. When it comes to thanking employees for their good work, try personalising your ‘thank you’ with something like a handwritten note. The fact that you’ve taken time out of your day to write a special note will convey to your employees that they matter and that they are viewed as an individual, not just as another cog in the wheel. Personalisation can a powerful thing so try and bring this to everything you do for as long as you can (before your business gets too large).
Take a chance and consider implementing a few of these suggestions – you and your staff may be pleasantly surprised.
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