Mike offers some great ideas and insights into building a rocking great culture, including how to apply the “wheel of change” to the concept of having more fun at work, plus a great quote from Tom Hanks and a story …
It’s not a must-have product, it’s not a killer marketing campaign and it’s not rocket science. The most important element for a successful business is its internal culture, according to Business Insider. Finding employees whose career goals are in line with the company’s goals should be every hiring manager’s intent, but too many settle for employees with a high competency for the job even if their cultural fit is low. Have you heard the old saying about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch? The same can be true with one bad hire causing conflict and stress that ripples through every aspect of your business.
Here’s a list of just some of the fun, wacky, offbeat and not-so-wacky holidays and theme days for the month of May, 2017. Celebrating these, recognizing these theme days is a very simple way to bring a little fun and humor into your workplace. For some ideas on how to make use of some of these fun holidays go to: Ways to Celebrate Fun Holidays in the Workplace
Every time I visit Las Vegas I am in awe how the city functions at a seemingly high level despite having some of the most liberal laws in the country.
The CEO of AFA JCDecaux arranged a rather outrageous stunt to make a point to his employees about effective communication in the workplace. Over the course of a few days he arranged for his IT manager to intercept everyone’s internal e-mails and post them by regular, good old-fashioned snail mail. So a few days later each employee received a surprise, in the form of a honking huge whack of mail. Outrageous? Maybe. But the point was made, and the use of e-mail in their office plunged dramatically as employees opted to either pick up the phone or get off their chairs to talk to colleagues.
Southwest Airlines (SWA), one of the most successful airlines in the world, doesn’t have the usual list of corporate values. Rather, SWA embraces a set of principles listed under three broad umbrella categories.
Regular readers know that I like to stress the importance of rituals and traditions in the workplace as an easy way to boost morale and foster a sense of team spirit. I’m especially fond of rituals that make it fun not only for employees, but for the customers as well. And if you can conjure up a tradition so wacky that it generates some free publicity for you, well then you’ve truly scored a home run.
In the on-going battle to attract new employees and stand out from the herd, many companies are putting more and more effort into creating a truly inspiring and/or fun physical work environment. Whether it’s fun signs, popcorn machines, ping pong tables or even karaoke machines, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to attract employees, spark creativity at work and help their employees unwind.
Another month, another chance to add some fun to your office by celebrating or at least referencing the July wacky, off beat theme days headed your way this July!