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Yippee it’s Monday…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

…and I’m off work (and looking forward to the day).  Imagine if every employee in a business from the Boardroom down to the latest new recruit had that sense or feeling when they came into your business – the impact it would have.

SO why do so many organisations not achieve this – or more to the point what can we do to encourage the creation of a fun environment that gets people excited about what they are doing.  People spend around 35% to 40% of their waking week at work (that rises to over 50% if you take out the weekends).

I believe the answer is very simple – take an interest in and understand what everybody does and then help them appreciate how their daily activities contribute to the overall success of the business. AND let them contribute to the definition of success. If people know why they are doing stuff and more importantly they see that  mamangement understand what they do then the results will exceed expectations.

That’s not to say it’s easy and there is certainly no magic formula for implementation and the tools you use will be dependent on the business and the current level of satisfaction. It will need some serious and hard work and initially you may doubt the effectiveness and value of it all but it can change everything

But here are a few starters for 10:

  • Give everybody time to stop banging their head to the incessant beat of the urgent drum – the phone-calls, the e-mails and instant messaging. Give people real time to think and stop worrying – remember Winnie the Pooh? “Here comes Edward bear now down the stairs bump bump bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin.  He is sure there must be a better way of coming down the stairs if only he could stop bumping his head long enough to think of it” Take time to stop half way up the stairs (to continue the Pooh analogy) with your people and think about what can be achieved.
  • Here’s an old chestnut – an employee survey! BUT commission a team of employees to conduct it.  Let them know what questions you want answered but leave them to frame the questions. AND THEN respond to the findings with an employee team with the authority to take action. DON’T just report back…
  • Implement a companywide programme to help everybody explore where they fit in to the broader picture and find out where they believe the company is/should be going.
  • Create a system where employees can recognise the performance of others – recognition doesn’t always have to come from managers.

SO a few ideas – and there are hundreds more if you ask your teams