With the current economic climate, it is normal for people to be stressed. Unfortunately, that stress can permeate into the workplace, which will impede productivity and team morale. That is something that as an employee or manager you will want to avoid. Often you can do that by simply bringing in an atmosphere of fun and festivity.
When you are looking at how to motivate your employees one of the keys is to create a fun place to work where your employees want to be. If they are invested in your company and your team, you can be sure that they are going to be dedicating their all to the work at hand. So how can you make that happen?
A really fantastic way to add some fun into the workday is to create holiday celebrations. Often employers think that you should ignore the holidays, but quite the opposite is true. Actually observing them can give your employees something to look forward to, and actually create a change of pace for them to enjoy which can invigorate them for the rest of their day. The great thing about this is that you do not have to stick with only the traditional holidays, but you can even celebrate the more minor holidays.
A great way to increase motivation is by doing holiday contests. These contests can be sales base, productivity based, or research based. You can tailor make each of these contests to fit your specific workplace. Infusing your workplace with some healthy competition can get your employees excited and will add to their daily motivation.
Additionally, you may want to create some team building opportunities that are tied to the holidays. This does not mean that you have to throw and extravagant party for every holiday, but celebrating a bit can help to lift morale and create a closer team. For example, sometimes Cinco de Mayo might be an opportunity to provide nachos in the break room at a specific time. This will give your employees the opportunity to get to know one another better through common experience.
An obvious opportunity for team building is to do a secret Santa gift exchange. However, this does not need to be limited to Christmas time. You can also do something like this during February with a Secret Cupid or even October with Boo Baskets. To keep this affordable for everyone set a small limit on price like $ 5 per gift. This will help ensure that everyone can participate, but it will also force your team to be creative in what they are doing which is rather what you want from them on a daily basis. It is this creativity that can spill over into their every day work from an event like this.
The holidays are no longer simply a day off work. Instead, they can be an opportunity for you to help motivate and build your team of employees. By taking advantage of this, you will be sure to reap the benefits for the rest of your fiscal year.