Unlike past generations, employees from Generation Y & Z are always on the lookout for new opportunities. A key reason for this is a lack of job satisfaction. Providing helpful feedback and regular training is a great way to keep your employees engaged. But in today’s world, it’s not enough. There is so much more that you can do. Here are some easy and effective methods to liven up the office and keep staff engaged.
Focus On Comfort
A well-designed workspace can have a huge impact on your team’s day-to-day enthusiasm and engagement levels. Employees spend the majority of their waking hours in the office and need to feel comfortable. When picking furniture, make sure you choose good quality, ergonomic styles that can adjust to your employees’ needs. This means office chairs with adjustable heights and backrests and different furniture for private and group tasks.
Adopt Activity-Based Working
This workspace concept allows employees to choose how and where they work. Areas in the office are designated according to different types of work environments that are specifically modified for particular tasks. For example, collaborative work areas can benefit from large shared tables whereas tasks that need quiet and focus can be assigned to standalone desks in a less active corner of the office. An activity-based workspace design gives individuals autonomy regarding how they want to work, improving productivity and engagement.
Have An Identity
Offices often run the risk of looking drab and boring with furniture and fittings done in varying shades of grey. This can rub off on staff attitudes as well. An engaging workspace can provide the right setting for productivity and collaboration. Don’t be afraid to brighten up your workspace by adding some quirky touches. Putting up interesting wall art such as posters, paintings and motivational texts can be a nice way of bringing out your company’s brand image. Pops of color through accessories such as rugs, lamps and plants are other ways to spruce up a monotone office.
Organize Wellness Activities
Encouraging employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle is a great way to show them that you care about their mental and physical well-being. Take a small survey on what activities staff will find most beneficial and organize weekly sessions that focus on those areas. These could be physical activities like yoga or aerobics, or mindful activities like meditation.
Take Time For In-house Office Fun
Letting teams organize office parties is a great way to stoke your employees’ creativity. These activities give employees something to look forward to and contribute to team-building as colleagues interact with each other in a more casual environment. Encouraging staff to show off their natural talents boosts morale as well. This can be done with potlucks, karaokes or mini-sales.
Consider Volunteering Programs
Employees want to make a difference. Giving them an opportunity to participate in volunteer work is a great way to help your staff find personal fulfillment. Help your employees contribute to causes they’re passionate about. These include planting trees, organizing blood drives, or cleaning up the ocean. Working together for social good can boost morale, strengthen team relationships, and create a deep sense of respect and loyalty towards your company.