Office Morale Boost

Have you noticed your employees dragging into work? There may be a noticeable lack of enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile. Maybe it is time to start formulating a plan to boost office morale. You can’t change everything for everyone but you can create an environment that employees may actually enjoy. I have found a few ways that may improve the mood and productivity in your office. I hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy

Celebrate Accomplishments

It can be quite daunting to see there is so much left to achieve. Try praising employees and the whole office for their past accomplishments. All departments at Acuity, an insurance company based in Sheboygan, WI, are asked each year to recognize their work by providing a list of their team’s significant accomplishments. Acuity officers review all of the lists and select the 100 most outstanding achievements for inclusion in a “Top 100 Accomplishments” list. The latest list was designed as a book, Acuity World Records, with the help of Guinness World Records, and given to all 831 employees.

Time for Passionate Projects

What better way to rejuvenate an employee than giving them time to work on personal projects. Atlassian, a developer of collaboration software based in Sydney, encourages creativity during its “FedEx Day.” During this event, all 62 employees can work on anything that excites them –as long as it is somewhat related to Atlassian products or processes, can be completed in the allotted time, and is fun. Employees have from 2 p.m. on a Thursday until 4 p.m. Friday, giving them roughly 24 hours to deliver a project (thus the name, FedEx Day). Then at a presentation, participants show off the results of their projects. From these ideas, Atlassian has adopted more than a dozen projects, ranging from product upgrades to process improvements.

Learn Something New

Cubicle life can be a drain on humanity in general. Why not mix things up? Inspire your team members to learn something new. You can ask them to join a new project. Or get them to enroll in a new training course to enhance their skill set.

Fun and Games

FatWallet, based in Rockton, IL, fun is a regular part of the schedule. Its 55 employees are invited to play in Game Day, a monthly in-house competition with activities ranging from Trivial Pursuit to Wii bowling matches. The company also offers quarterly “fun” rewards when staffers achieve certain goals, such as hockey games, casino nights, or playdays at at
amusement parks. Team-building events have included a city scavenger hunt in Chicago and a rooftop Cubs game.

Positivity is the Best Policy

There are times when business isn’t going quite as well as some years and morale takes a hit. 4Imprint, a maker of customized promotional products, based in Oshkosh, WI. The company’s training team decided to try to boost morale by setting up classes for the 419 employees to watch and discuss videos with inspiring themes like the friendly culture at Southwest Airlines.

Do Good Deeds Together

Being charitable can boost anyone’s spirits. If they are doing as an office or community, it can form a camaraderie. Have your team participate in some community building activities. There can be nothing better than getting your team involved in a noble cause, and at the same time giving them a much-needed breather from their boring routine.

How refreshing would it be if your employees looked forward coming into work? Try one of these ideas. A happy office is a productive office. I hope you enjoyed Cathy’s Tuesday Tip this week. To view more of Cathy’s Tuesday Tips, visit our blog.

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