How to Maintain a Positive Team Spirit

There are just some periods that you can’t wait for the workday to be over – everyone’s gloomy, tasks are barely being carried out, and the dials on the clock on the office wall seem to have fallen into a stupor so it might need to be replaced with a digital one.  

Naturally, it is not realistic to expect employees to be enthusiastic at all times but a general positive spirit even on slow days is vital for the business to thrive. The happiness and satisfaction of employees are key to their productivity. With that in mind, here are some suggestions on how to foster a positive spirit among your employees.

Organize events and workshops

Events and workshops serve the purpose of facilitating bonding outside of work. The social events that you organize don’t have to be grand, it is enough to get people together for a casual few hours of playing a quiz. To motivate them to collaborate outside of work, escape rooms might be a good option since everyone will get the chance to contribute to the team.

As for workshops, your employees will probably look forward to learning a new skill without the stress of being evaluated at all times. Depending on the type of skill, you can also promote group work and in general, entice socialization which is not strictly related to work topics. Also, you shouldn’t make workshops obligatory since that would defeat the purpose.

Nurture life and work balance

To be able to give their best at work, the employees need to leave their personal problems behind when they enter the office, as well as their business-related issues at work, unless absolutely necessary. So, it is advisable to promote the importance of this balance and provide them with adequate working conditions and the right tools to aid them in their daily tasks.

Another thing you can do for them is to find ways to decrease the amount of stress in the office. For instance, animal-shaped branded stress balls can become a part of the office culture so that every time employees feel stress accumulating, they can take it out on a frog-shaped ball instead of a co-worker. Also, you could introduce darts, so they can imagine the face of the person that gets on their nerves while they aim for the dartboard. 

Be open with praise

Employees who work at the same position for some time, no matter how good they are at their job, tend to embrace routine and forget about how much they contribute. This is why it is crucial to air your praise openly and make sure that everyone knows if an employee is doing a good job or has done something worth lauding. 

If an employee is constantly showing remarkable results, then praising them in public will not suffice. You could consider rewarding that worker in some manner and the reward can be anything from working from your office for a day to an additional day off or a dinner for two at some restaurant. Whichever type of reward you choose, it is essential you honor it since you will not maintain a positive spirit or a reputation if you don’t live up to your promises.

Promote an atmosphere of honesty

The communication flow between you and your employees can be improved if you insist on honesty. An environment of mutual respect, where people feel relaxed enough to share their opinions and ideas is an ideal atmosphere to work in. Of course, the emphasis shouldn’t only be on honesty, but also respect since there is quite a difference between being direct and being rude.

You can establish a practice of preventing dishonest behavior by sanctioning it immediately which will send a firm message about honesty and distinguishing right from wrong. As far as mistakes go, in an atmosphere you are trying to achieve, it is best to address them straight away but not in the form of punishment since that would have the opposite effect and would cultivate dishonesty.

Conclusion

The most obvious reason people are put into teams when working on the same project is the need for communication and collaboration since everyone’s got a piece of a puzzle which needs to fit into the grand scheme. However, another reason for grouping employees is mutual support which develops as a natural result of sharing a task.

Whenever someone is down, there is a co-worker willing to help and that is the real beauty of working together. In any team, there will always be at least one person who carries a spark of positivity and who will share that positive energy on the rest of the team.

How to Recruit Millennials and Keep Them Motivated

There’s no doubt that millennials have transformed the way the traditional workplace functions. Millennial employees bring creative thinking skills and radically different attitudes towards work to the table — aspects that are integral when it comes to organizational success. Recruiting millennials and keeping employees satisfied at work requires a significant shift in thinking as opposed to previous generations. HR professionals play an important role in implementing new strategies to ensure that millennials stay motivated at work. Here are some ways to attract and retain the best of millennial talent:

Market to Millennials

To get your organization’s name out there and attract younger talent, it’s important to market in a way that is suited to a millennial’s lifestyle. Traditional methods of marketing won’t stand out to millennials; instead, they will propagate the image that your organization is old-fashioned, even if it truly isn’t.

To recruit millennials, you first need to reach them. An article on Entrepreneur recommends using high-quality video to get the attention of skeptical millennials. For instance, as opposed to simply posting in the job classifieds, consider making a recruitment video that details what you’re looking for in a candidate, and why your organization is one that millennials would want to work for.

Creative advertising will generally have better results with millennials than standard marketing techniques. As stated in the article, “Millennials are largely fed up with traditional methods of advertising, and while they want information, they want to select it instead of having it forced upon them.” Millennials tend to trust people in their social networks, and so, utilizing social media marketing strategies is a prudent way to get your company’s name out there.

Similarly, using Search Engine Optimization (SEO)  is a great way to make your presence known. As defined by RivalMind, SEO is “a process that helps a business become ‘more search engine friendly’ and rank higher on sites like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others.” This is especially appealing to millennials, who want instant information at the click of a button, and will often not look past the first page of search results.

Create a Culture of Care

Workplace culture is an important aspect of any organization. As stated by experts at Rutger’s University, “Corporate culture plays a huge part in the success of an organization and can profoundly affect its performance, both positively and negatively. An organization’s culture affects employee retention rates, as well as its ability to recruit new talent. Research has found that culture affects productivity, creativity, work-life balance, and even things such as safety, accident rates, and the process of recovery after missteps or mistakes are made as part of the organization’s operations.”

Millennials, in particular, value a great workplace culture and a variety of company perks. The employees of today find benefits like free breakfasts, nap rooms, mini-gaming arcades, and pet-friendly policies very appealing. Furthermore, the physical layout of the office plays an important role in keeping millennials motivated. Thus, you might want to consider utilizing an open floor plan to increase collaboration or even adopting an activity based office design. Office Boy states that “The purpose of an activity-based office fit out is to create different work areas that are best suited to different tasks.” Activity-based office designs are well-suited for millennials, who prefer dynamic workplaces rather than being bound by the four walls of a cubicle. This holistic culture creates a rounded sense of well-being in the workplace that attracts millennial employees.

Provide Ample Learning Opportunities

Millennials value the opportunity to learn different skills through the duration of their jobs. They want to be challenged, and want a career that allows them to develop intellectually. Millennials want to become as marketable a possible, and ironically, the more marketable you make them, the more likely they are to stay at your organization. In fact, according to the Gallup School of Management, 80 percent of employees say that job training is key to keeping them as employees.

To ensure that your young employees feel like they’re continuously learning, consider offering training programs to help them hone various skills. Help them create a personalized career path, with regular check-ups to ensure that they are meeting their own personal career goals, as well as company growth objectives. You could also provide a mentor or coach to ensure that millennial employees are constantly learning something new, under superior guidance.

As we’ve mentioned in a previous article on what millennials really want from work, “Millennials want to be coached: they crave and respond to a good, positive coach. Overall, Millennials want feedback 50% more often than other employees. Their number one source of development is their manager, but only 46% thinks that their manager delivered on their expectations for feedback.” Providing supportive leadership and critical feedback is key when it comes to keeping millennials motivated and satisfied at work.

Allow for an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

Published findings from Millennial Branding show that 61 percent of current high school students (Generation Z) said they “prefer pursuing business ownership as an entrepreneur instead of working as an employee.” This information is crucial when it comes to millennial recruitment and retainment strategies. To foster an appealing entrepreneurial vibe at work, you will have to incorporate strategies that allow employees to be their own bosses.

One way to do this is to make allowances for remote working, or telecommuting. This gives employees the ability to work from anywhere, make their own schedules, and promote a healthy work-life balance. Today, remote working is extremely popular. In fact, a study released by Zug, a Switzerland-based serviced office provider, shows that about 70 percent of professionals work remotely at least one day of the week, while 53 percent work remotely for about half the week. So if your organization hasn’t yet made allowances for telecommuting, then they’re way behind the curve. Other strategies for promoting workplace flexibility and independence include providing volunteer opportunities, encouraging employees to go out during lunch breaks, and even providing on-site health and fitness classes.

Hiring millennial employees is essential to keeping the workplace current. As stated in an article on Forbes, “Millennials have been transforming the workplace for the past decade or so, emerging on the scene with new attitudes and striking characteristics that inspired excitement and resentment from previous generations.” Although the “excitement and resentment” can be challenging to deal with at times, recruiting millennials and keeping them adequately motivated is absolutely necessary to succeed as a business.