18 Dec 2019
It has become customary for companies in high-pressure environments to implement a “sink or swim” mentality to get the best out of their employees. It is believed, with this philosophy, that weak employees will fall by the wayside and only the strongest will survive, leaving the employer in a stronger position.
Does it though?
At WOW Enterprise Performance Solutions, we believe in the complete opposite. Our foundations are based on the principle that a motivated employee is a productive one! With productivity comes success, while a cut-throat approach increases stress and general negativity amongst employees. This is never good for any employer!
According to the Harvard Business Review, the associated stress from a cut-throat workplace often leads to employee disengagement, which can have serious and costly repercussions for an employer. For example, compared to relaxed work environments, a cut-throat workplace produces:
37% higher absenteeism
49% more accidents
60% more errors and defects
Creating a fun working environment has become a critical component to attract, retain and develop talented employees, according to Deloitte. “We have found that companies that embrace fun as an intentional cultural value tend to have more success because it’s known as a widespread organisational aspiration” – Deloitte Review, Issue 24.
So then, isn’t it logical to create a more fun and relaxed working environment to help boost your productivity?
To help you, here are a couple of tips from the Harvard Business Review and Contactzilla. Give them a try in 2020:
CARE: Show you care by taking an interest in your employees
WOW Module: Nominations
SUPPORT: Be compassionate towards your employees and always provide support when they struggle
WOW Module: Deskdrops
GAMES: Create a designated games area and encourage employees to take regular breaks away from their desks
WOW Module: Trolley Dash
FORGIVE: Always forgive employees for their mistakes
WOW Module: Surprise
DECORATE: Make the office a nice environment to be in
WOW Module: Party-in-a-box
INSPIRE: Lead by example to inspire your employees to raise their standards
WOW Module: Scratchcards
CELEBRATE: It’s important to celebrate employee accomplishments, irrespective of the size of the accomplishment
WOW Module: Celebrate
Remember, always be the WOW in your employee’s day!