It’s been a while now since the World Health Organization declared an official pandemic. The world of work has been forced to go virtual and team bonding has been a real challenge with the whole team working remotely and Creative Groups is well placed to help!
Like never before managers have been searching for new ideas to keep their teams happy, healthy, and engaged.
Recent experience suggests the following top tips for boosting employee morale:
1. Be Transparent
Being transparent costs nothing but in the workplace is proven to lead to long term success. In the words of Gina McCarthy from the US Environmental Protection Agency: ‘Transparency is all about letting in and embracing new ideas, new technology and new approaches. No individual, entity or agency, no matter how smart, how old, or how experienced, can afford to stop learning’.
2. Communicate often
According to Neil Smith the focus on improving communication between teams rather than on removing any silos that are found in organisations. Smith quotes the Maersk experience where a focus on customer experience saw a 40% improvement in net promoter score (a metric used to gauge the loyalty of an organisations customer relationships).
3. Give recognition and feedback
Giving recognition and feedback is all about acknowledging the potential power of colleagues contributions. Steve Jobs commented: “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”
4. Give people time and space to be creative
Giving yourself and colleagues time and space to be creative can be a real boost for innovation. Google has developed a range of new products after introducing “20% time”, the one day a week that an employee can spend on side projects.
5. Offer growth, training and team building
If team members are offered opportunities for growth, training and team building they will be inspired and motivated to work well together and seek out new ideas.
In the words of Deming: “What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis”.
You can start addressing all of these key areas by working with Creative Groups which is skilled at introducing teams to unfamiliar yet fun activities within a workplace setting.
Sir Ken Robinson commented: ‘Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.’
The Creative Groups activities provide a way of digging down and revealing those skills that have remained hidden. Team members are encouraged to appreciate what skills each other has other than those they’ve been told they need to do their specific jobs. All resulting in a more resourceful, motivated group.
Creative Groups’ exercises have been road tested with great feedback and measurable results.