Where Do Employees Expend Their Energy Outside of Work 47

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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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.