Highly motivated employees often find their motivation from working in a pleasant office environment. It is to our advantage to make our workplace a happy place for our employees — the more they can play and relieve stress, the harder and more efficiently they’ll work.
Here are some creative, action-oriented ideas we implement to make our workplace a happy place for our employees:
- Allow for flextime. Giving our employees some flexibility in their work schedules shows our concern for their personal lives. In addition, allowing employees to work from home occasionally, making the days in the office a lot more productive and less stressful.
- Cultivate fun. Make our office an exciting place to be by holding frequent contests, celebrations, and team-building activities. Surprise everyone by ordering in lunch or by starting out the day with coffee and pastries in the kitchen.
- Encourage mini time-outs. Encourage everyone to relieve daily stress by taking a few minutes to do something they enjoy. A small break in the day’s routine can really reinvigorate a person’s thought process. Take short breaks ourselves and encourage others to take them.
- Find the humor in negative situations. Lead the way in joking about difficult situations in the company. When people can laugh in the midst of a impending deadline, make fun of themselves after making a mistake, or share the story of a horrendous (but humorous) customer experience, they can defuse a lot of tension and stress. They also clear the way for themselves and others to work on those issues with greater enthusiasm and clarity.
- Acknowledge anniversaries. Celebrate the day each employee joined our team. Let them know how much we appreciate their contributions with a small gift, cake, or token of gratitude for the role they play in the company.
- Build a “Wall of Fame.” Designate an area where we can post pictures of team members, thank-you notes from clients and customers, and clippings about the organization’s success. Celebrate our people whenever and wherever we can.
- Step out occasionally. Plan occasional group excursions to get everyone out of the office once in a while. Have a group lunch in a nice restaurant, hold an off-site meeting at a museum or botanical gardens, or take everyone on an impromptu trip to the movies.