Where Do Employees Expend Their Energy Outside of Work

Next Year's Office: What Employees Want

This post was written by Maxwell Donovan.

In case you didn’t know, companies spend a lot more than $700 million/year on keeping employees engaged. In a few years, the number might spike to $1.5 billion.

Why is it so important to keep the people in your office happy?

In spite of the outstanding numbers we just mentioned, employee engagement is still at record lows.

In some cases, HR leaders don’t know what to do with the budget available for keeping engagement levels at a decent percentage. In other cases, HR departments don’t know how to tackle office issues.

Outside of the office, workers feel more creative.

They’re more eager to do their jobs in an environment that’s laid back, relaxed and more refreshing than the cubicle office. The system is flawed.

Huge enterprises like Google, for example, have noticed that they’re a glitch. Smaller businesses acknowledge the great importance of switching things up every once in awhile, and going outside to do for better engagement and creative thinking.

1. Office terraces instill creativity.

This might surprise you, but office buildings with open air terraces instill creativity.

Employees have gotten tired of the classic 4-wall office. They don’t want to work in an environment that’s constantly pressuring them to do their jobs fast. A lot of people can’t set personal from professional chores apart; they bring them to work.

Encouraging your team to do their jobs on a terrace is a great way to let their creative spirit run wild.

Some of your best workers might be avid smokers. It’s a vice they deal with every single day; most of can’t quit. Allowing them to work outside gives the freedom to smoke at their own pace, and still do their jobs all at the same time, without feeling any sort of pressure. Don’t compel employees to do things they don’t want to do, and be understanding so that they can do their jobs at their own pace.

2. Coffee shops.

Working remotely is no longer an activity for freelancers. Companies have also started embracing this activity.

Rather than force employees to come to every Monday to Friday, you should give them liberty to work from a coffee shop every Friday.

Have crystal clear terms and conditions set up. For example, ask them to be online on Skype in case something happens, and they need to return to the office as soon as possible.

There are lots of coffee shops with a business like allure. Managers should consider this approach an opportunity to instill more engagement, and motivate workers to do their jobs with a lot more enthusiasm.

3. Set up team building trips.

A lot of people underestimate the power of efficient team building trips. You shouldn’t.

Done right, such trips help hone a worker’s skills. It is an excellent opportunity to engage with your workers on a more personal level.

Know them and ask about their personal preferences. Talk to them about pain points. Find out if there are any challenges that need to fixed; or at the very least talked about.

4. Fun activities.

Don’t underestimate the power of fun office activities; but outside the office.

Set up games and make the whole team engage. This helps build the company structure. Not that to mention that it helps hone your engagement approach.

Every two weeks, make an appointment to a paintball match for example. Set up awards, like sweets and treats; and invite employees to join the fun.

Choose a nice location; somewhere outside the city so that you can compel them to be more relaxed, and not feel pressured in any way. If you can afford to spend a little more, consider a manor house for rent. It shouldn’t be that expensive if you make reservations in advance.  

It’s natural for employees to want to spend time outside the work office.

They need to relax and recharge their batteries; so that they can do their tasks as best as possible. Spice things up every now and then.

Fun activities outside the office space, brainstorming sessions, and team building trips are more than recommended to strengthen commitment and foster engagement. Think in the best interest of your employees, and they’ll be more than happy to work for you indefinitely.  

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