You’ve probably heard plenty of casual advice on how to improve your company culture by making your workplace more fun. “Fun” is a simple concept that can yield big dividends in terms of retention, employee loyalty, team cohesion, and even internal competition and a general boost in innovation. And a little fun goes a long way; just one Saturday mini-golf outing or a few Friday happy hours can generate lasting memories and might give employees a meaningful chance to get to know one another. A few activities now and then can help them form friendships that transcend the bounds of the workplace.
But sometimes fun activities (no matter how easy!) still need to be formalized. Ideas are only ideas until someone decides to create a documented plan for execution. So why not create an Employee Engagement calendar? Here are a few ways this simple move can provide big support to your workplace culture.
A monthly calendar
Start with just the month. Sometimes a plan for a fun activity simply doesn’t take root, for any number of reasons. Instead of attempting to force Saturday mini-golf once a month from now till eternity (your teams might not actually like it), just plan one event. Feel out the reaction. If everyone has a great time, you can try making this a regular affair. A monthly calendar can include one-time trial runs, employee birthdays, social events (like showers, welcome back parties, small employee recognition events, and holiday-themed get-togethers). It can also include items of personal news (new babies, graduations, promotions, or occasions calling for sympathy and support.) Even if an event doesn’t warrant a full-out conference room party with a sheet cake, it might be something that employees care to share and fellow colleagues might like to know about.
Quarterly calendars can include big milestones
If your monthly event calendar seems to work, and employees seem to be tuning in and responding to your announcements and invitations, try going bigger. Plan ahead by a full quarter, and include a host of additional events, like retirement news and announcements of company-wide successes. You can even include employee feedback surveys and invitations to outside events (an employee might be exhibiting his art at a nearby gallery or taking her Schnauzer to Westminster).
If you decide to create an annual calendar, you can include your companies biggest annual events, like the yearly appreciation picnic or a scheduled team-building retreat in the mountains. You can also include charity events, blood drives, health fairs, and anything else you choose. At this level, feel free to involve the CEO of the company and maybe even publish an annual update in her name.
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