For decades, nearly all corporate companies have provided the coveted company retreat. This tactic has been used to quash company personality conflicts, promote team building, and allow employee’s insight to their fellow co-worker. People working in the same environment do not always bond together and the company retreat is used to promote interoffice working relationships.
In a lot of companies, this is known as “team building” where each person it required to participate in some kind of activity that requires workers to work together in a fun way. This encourages new working relationships and can improve productivity. There is a dark side to this also, where if done incorrectly, new enemies can be created and productivity declines or people resign.
You need to keep you employees happy, in a controlled environment without coming across and invading peoples privacy; big brother style surveillance. Why waste company resources and take employees out of the daily work environment? Because it is proven that happy employees are productive employees. Productive employees create a healthier bottom line. A healthier bottom line secures jobs for all.
In this particular article, I’ll go over some of the points to inspire you into creating your own team building exercises.
An end to the company retreat?
Yes. The company retreat is coming to an end. Instead, the company retreat is becoming the new daily workplace. Creating a facility where ideas and solutions are created in groups is the norm. Individuality and personal accolades are terrific, and will get you hired within a great company. But not working well with others and being an anti-group employee will get you walking papers from even bad companies.
Companies such as Google give their employees “play time” where people can work on their own projects. These kind of activities not only make people happy, but can also benefit the company. Where do you think Orkut (Google Plus), Google Maps, Google News etc came from? They were all side project built in peoples “play time”.
A pro-employee workplace.
Creating a pro-employee workplace should be required in all University business management courses. Why and what is a pro-employee workplace? A thriving pro-employee workplace is a facility where employees are having fun at their job, enjoying being a part of the work force, and working as a team to increase the bottom line.
The new employee workplace is a relaxed, ergonomic environment that promotes individuals to express themselves. Gone are the days of micro managing individual employees placing them in high stress environments striving for barely attainable workloads. Today’s manager is more likely to engage employees on a therapeutic sofa while sharing coffee discussing industry hot topics and the ability to improve company relations abroad.
If you make you staff feel important and a low stress environment, you will receive highly motivated staff. This is really a no brainer to be honest. You don’t need to be the smartest manager in the world to realize that putting stress into your staff will only give you short term results.
Not just customer appreciation.
The new business needs to value the individual, give them purpose, and give their ideas credence when merited. Employees are now part of a group, instead of an underling waiting for individual reprimands and corporate censorship. They are now part of the decision making process and free thinking is highly touted in the workplace.
If you reward your staff – not just giving them an incentive to work harder – then you will be surprised how your company moral will change. If you’re giving away gifts unexpectedly, then you will be given loyalty in return.
Incorporation of these attributes, the new working environment is facilitating a more productive, highly motivated, and truly loyal employee. An employee that will work passionately for the business with little regard to cumulative hours worked. A higher sense of pride propels the employee to work harder for the overall company goals.