The Ultimate Guide to Improving Employee Performance & Satisfaction

Your employee satisfaction determines if teams are fulfilled and happy at work or not. It is a factor for not only their performance but also a key predictor of health, turn-over, productivity, creativity and overall well-being in your workplace.  All of these issues come together to directly affect your bottom line and the overall success of the organization. 

So how do you ensure that your team doesn't fall into the 20% of Gallup respondents who felt 'actively DIS-engaged' in their work?  Here's a 10 step guide towards guaranteed employee engagement:

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The easiest way to ensure employees are happy and productive is to explicitly focus your mission, values, and policies around engagement.  This means meaningful work, role clarity, organizational fit, and strong leadership.  Making engagement your driving force for all company-wide policies and procedures practically guarantees success because it stays top of mind.

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It's fantastic to reward your employees in positive, celebratory ways, but what's even more effective is to reward them in the way they appreciate most.  Disney has a policy of asking all their employees what they prefer in their annual reviews.  This could be company-wide recognition, monetary rewards, extra vacation days, a party in their honour, a parade in their honour, a big cake etc. 

Another great tip is to make sure to not exclude anyone in your reward programming - make everyone eligible and then cater the recognition to the successful individuals.

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This is a topic unto itself.  Our biggest tips are to incorporate play, movement, music, a timed schedule, and a town hall format for issues that allows everyone to weigh in.  Meetings can be a huge time waster or the most important part of your work week - how you choose to structure them determines their worth. 

Check out our Play Resources page for more information on infusing play into your next meeting and the huge value it will bring to your organization.

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Take people out of the office for a retreat that blends business sessions with team building activities and watch your bottom-line increase immediately.  Retreats allow the essential bonding, reflection time, stress relief, and increased morale your team desperately needs. 

They are most effective when you bring in professionals to structure the meeting, provide an outside perspective, create a roadmap for your success and help you get out of your shell to have the most fun along the way.

We can help with this! Give us a shout about your next retreat today.

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There is a very simple test to tell if you've hired a dreamer or a doer.  Ask your team to write down 3 things they want to achieve in the next year, then ask them what actionable steps they have taken in the last 30 days to achieve those big goals. Most people won't have done anything, which is why goal-setting is a practice that must be structured, ongoing, and concrete. Focus on what you can control and lay out a step by step plan to make this happen.  

You can do this at your retreat, a team meeting, or in your performance review.

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Socialization encourages teamwork and improved morale in the best possible way.  Most of the companies we work with look forward to their get-togethers year round and are excited about planning something that is exclusively for fun.  Allowing parties and activities for socialization not only provides motivation, it also gives a sense of purpose and connection to your team towards the common goal of your business.

We can provide team building or entertainment to take your socialization to the next level, contact us about your next event today.

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Effective and open communication is the first building block of successful teams.  Depending on your industry, lack of communication can lead to failed projects, cutbacks, and even fatalities in the workplace. This begins at the leadership level and trickles down to everyone in an organization, so keep an open mind and continuously improve what effective communication looks like in your workplace.  

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The most productive and happy people have mastered the art of efficiency in their work.  There are many ways to break up a monotonous work routine for success - we recommend tackling your most unpleasant task first thing in the morning to create a small victory, giving yourself fixed time periods to work on specific tasks (even if you don't complete them), practicing gratitude and taking active, movement-based breaks throughout the day to clear your mind.

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Our desire for personal development never goes away, in fact, a recent study concluded that professional growth opportunities are the highest ranked drivers of engagement AND the number one reason for leaving a job.  This can mean financial incentives (higher salaries), career and professional growth (increasing skills and knowledge), even personal growth (having friends at work, being in a positive environment).

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Even the most serious work environments can benefit from incorporating fun and playfulness into their team's daily work lives.  It not only increases morale and happiness - it is also proven to create:

  • Lower levels of absenteeism
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Less downtime
  • Increased employee loyalty

Check out our Guide to Playfulness for ready-to-implement ways to adopt a more playful culture at your organization.

Now get out there and have some fun!

Why Meetings should be more like the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

First let me  openly confess…I love Jimmy Fallon.  I want to be his friend.  Who doesn’t? He’s the best! 

Just a little over a year ago Jimmy Fallon took over The Tonight Show and what a difference!  The picture below is a great example of this transformation.  

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2 Insanely Awesome Ideas to Make your Holiday Party the Best Ever

Are you looking for that perfect last minute idea for your holiday party?
Do you want to look like a rock star for suggesting a wickedly creative idea?  
Do you want your holiday party to be fun and exciting... and not the same old stuff year after year?

TACKY HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTOS

Ugly Christmas Sweaters are officially everyone’s favourite holiday accessory.  Not just for hipsters anymore, these tacky gems have gone mainstream….and we love it!

What else does everyone love right now?  Photo booths.  

Why not combine the two?  Remember when your mom dressed you all up in matching sweaters and dragged you down to the mall for your family Holiday photo?  The result was a super embarrassing, insanely tacky, fabulously awkward photo sent to all your family and friends.  Well…we want you to do it all over again!  

We supply the ugly Christmas sweaters, ‘adorable’ matching props, a tacky 80’s inspired set, plus a photographer and director to capture the very best but very worst photo of you and your colleagues. Guests email the hilariously awesome shots immediately to themselves (and likely to their networks). The party goes up a notch as everyone starts comparing photos on their phones. Presto! A perfect example of what we call "Effortless networking." Things get even more interesting as new groups head back to create new "scenes" to cackle over. 

To add to the energy, we create a continually updating slideshow on display during the event.  

It's not too late to kick your Holiday Party up a notch... 
 

DRUNK UNCLE

Santa is lovely and carollers sound great, but what if someone else came to your Christmas party….someone not so lovely, but oh so funny?

We were brainstorming unique holiday party ideas for an extremely creative group, ISES Vancouver, and we thought, 'what if Drunk Uncle came to your party?' and we haven't stopped laughing since.  He is one of the most popular characters from Saturday Night Live right now but people wouldn’t need to recognize this character for him to stop them dead in their tracks.

We imagine Drunk Uncle blending into the crowd (somewhat) while the president of the company takes the mic and welcomes everyone to the event.  At the greeting nears its end, Drunk Uncle stumbles on stage and humourously (and pre-planned!) kicks the president off.  Drunk Uncle does a short (3-5 min or so) customized routine deriding the culture of the day using terms like “back in my day.”

We love when people have different reactions, and when we catch people by surprise.  Those are often the most memorable moments of a great event.   Drunk Uncle continues his ranting/complaining/singing/slurring/drinking while partying with members of your group.  The actor is a professional comedic improv actor who can play off reactions and tailor his hilarity to the moment and to your group dynamic and culture.

Even better, book both ideas with us and have Drunk Uncle make an appearance in your awkward family photo! After all, he is Drunk Uncle!

What's the most awesomely different thing you've done at your Christmas party?

Contact us if you want Drunk Uncle, Ugly Christmas Sweater Family Photos, or any other awesome ideas for Holiday party entertainment.