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ENCOURAGE MORE FUN AT WORK
Your workplace should cultivate an environment of fun! There’s no rule against it and who doesn’t like to have fun?
So what does fun look like in a work environment? It can be friendly competitions, team camaraderie, and celebrations. It can be a joke of the day or free candy bars. Ask your employees what they’d like to do for fun! No one leaves the party when they’re having fun.
If this leaves you wondering how to ramp up engagement, I have two suggestions:
I usually don’t do book reviews. Especially about books that are over 20 years old. But, if you have not read this book, it is a must.
If you are a fast reader, it will take about five minutes. If you are a slow reader, it will take about 10 minutes. If you have the book in front of you, most of your time will be spent turning pages.
Here is an excerpt from the book that sums it all up:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any
Direction you choose.
The book is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” by Dr. Seuss. It’s an especially great book for new employees and college grads.
A great way to boost your employees’ engagement levels as well as their sense of pride in their work is to let them know they are much more than just their job title.
For instance, a customer service rep’s real purpose and mission might be “to exceed every customer’s expectations” and a home healthcare worker’s could be about “making life more enjoyable and comfortable for our clients.”
When you help your people get what they want, they will unfailingly help you get what you want.
Many pollsters regularly measure and report on employee engagement. Gallup does so regularly. Their latest numbers show: “The slightly improved level of employee engagement that persisted in the U.S. workforce in 2015 continued in January. Nearly one-third of workers last month — 32.5% — were engaged in their jobs. Employee engagement has not fallen below 32.0% since August of last year.”
Gallup deems workers as “engaged” based on their ratings of: “key workplace elements that predict important organizational performance outcomes, such as having an opportunity to do what they do best each day, having someone at work who encourages their development, and believing their opinions count.”
That’s all well and good, but I think what they’re actually measuring are the employee’s experiences. Do they have friends and mentors on the job? Are their contributions recognized? Are they encouraged to participate in decisions and are their ideas and opinions respected?
What kind of engagement experiences are you creating for your people?