Now, here’s another not-so-fun fact – of the country’s nearly 100 million full-time employees, 51 percent are disengaged at work, while another 16 percent actively dislike their jobs. These people are easy to spot – always complaining about something, rolling their eyes during meetings, and generally bringing down morale at every turn.
The good news is that the workplace doesn’t have to be this way – and it shouldn’t. While it’s certainly important to be productive and accomplish goals, there’s no reason why we can’t mix in a little fun while we’re at it. And that doesn’t necessarily mean installing foosball tables or bringing in fancy catered lunches every day, either.
In this week’s Conversations from the Corner Office, I talked to ID Plans CRO Seth Garber about some of the practices being implemented here at ID Plans to keep morale high, turnover low, and employees happy. And when you consider that a recent study showed happy employees are up to 20 percent more productive than unhappy ones, and that happy salespeople raise sales by 37 percent, it’s definitely a topic worth examining.
“If the day is starting to go slow, whether from a sales or an executive level or operations standpoint, when you hear a gong ringing out through the office, everyone gets pumped up and it reinvigorates us. We purposefully set it up in the middle of our office so all the departments can hear it when we make a sale, and it gets everyone excited and gives us a reason to celebrate. It can change the tone from an average day to an exciting day.”
“By design, our weekly huddle was created to get to know our team members and find out what matters to them rather than talking business all the time. It’s great to celebrate our personal and professional accomplishments, and it makes us feel more like a family.”
“Without proper wellness, nothing else matters. We want everyone here on the team to be focused not only on their jobs but also on how they can have a better life. Plus, it creates a friendly competition between all of us, even our employees who work remotely. And if one of our remote workers wins a prize, Jeff will fly out to personally deliver it to them. That’s pretty cool and it shows how much we value our team members.”
These are just a few of the reasons ID Plans is a great place to work. What activities or incentives does your workplace offer – or do you wish they did? Leave your comments below.
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