In times when ‘Valentine’s Day at work’ is a pretty celebrated event full of chocolates, heart-shaped candies, and red balloons, it doesn’t really bring out the fun at work element because—let’s face it—employees don’t really know how to go about it. HR professionals and CXOs keep looking for avenues to make this occasion presentable in the corporate ambiance, while it is right there in front of them.
Your employees’ jobs are nothing short of a real-life romantic relationship and just like every relationship, there’s a honeymoon period in every job. In this time, it’s all lovey-dovey, hugs and kisses and zestful passion that keep the spark well and truly arrives. Once that time passes by, your workforce loses its luster simply starts to go with the flow.
The question is, how to make your employees fall in love with the work all over again? Is it possible to bring back their old spark, performance, and results? Here’s how this Valentine’s Day, you can make your employees fall in love with work again.
Ways to make your workforce fall in love with work… again
Let your squadron take a step back
Employee burnout is a significant issue for organisations across the globe in recent times. In fact, the WHO calls it an occupational phenomenon that comes with a high degree of mental health risks. Many organizations openly give out sabbaticals, paid leaves, vacations and ‘me-time’ to those who need it and if it’s feasible.
It doesn’t always have to be a three-month sabbatical to rekindle the spark, however. The smallest of gestures and perks can help your workforce clear their heads. Giving them a coffee-plus-bagel voucher or 8 laps on a go-kart might give them time to rejuvenate over the weekend without worrying about the money. Basically, it’s all about giving them some time to think.
It’s not about what they do—it’s about how they do it
There are several instances at the workplace where you see the HR generalist talking it out to an employee over a cuppa— “are you happy here?” It might feel like this brings out the right answer but in reality, it doesn’t and it’s nothing more than just tough talk.
A simpler way? Don’t ask them “do you love what you do?”. Instead, ask them “do you love how you do it?”. With the emphasis being pushed on employee recognition and engagement, it’s safe to say that working professionals find their way to their dream jobs. To make your workforce fall in love with their work again, re-jig their work procedures by suggesting them a better way of doing things—even if it means shifting from MS Word to iWork. A small, fresh outlook goes a long way.
Ask them what they want
This one’s straight from the horse’s mouth—what do your demotivated employees want? Is it a dream project that they’ve been willing to get on for a while, or just a change in role to fill their think-tank? Maybe, just maybe—a corner office?
To bring back the fire, ask your employees what they want and if possible, deliver it for the right price. He who has the biscuits gets to tell the story and you’ve got the cookie jar—before offering them what they want, set goals and objectives in sync with the big picture.
Employees do talk about unmet expectations on smoke breaks and near the cooler, but when officially asked about, they never address these issues in front of the management. Transparency is the key to a healthy relationship—be it a romantic one or a corporate one.
Spruce up the workplace
Not just the plastic wall-hangings and standees—the simplest way to give your workforce a new outlook all around is to re-jig their seating pattern. New neighbouring teams and a different lighting pattern does freshen things up. Sounds unnecessary? It is if you do it too often (and also if you don’t change their chairs with the place).
A change in attitude is all that’s needed
When it comes to behavioural changes in an employee, it won’t happen in a day. But CXOs and HR professionals can persuade employees to change their attitude for better and that should be enough to reincarnate the pleasures that a new job offers to the existing employees. Walk them through the process of envisioning happiness in their work. It’s crucial not to disrupt matters so much that it hinders their performance, for it’s the primary factor.
Recognition does wonders
The right kind of motivation is such that, not only does it have a high impact, but at a low cost. Employees who don’t feel recognized in an organization start plotting for avenues beyond their current work and that’s why recognition is crucial for both the management as well as the employees.
Sometimes, a simple reward or gratification to employees for a job well done is as good as hugs and kisses (also referred to as XOXO in Xoxoday). With employee engagement and recognition platforms taking it online, it’s simpler to acknowledge a peer’s efforts in front of a huge audience when done on a social media modeled platform. Recognition re-ignites the spark in employees and the objective of making your workforce “fall in love with work again” gets close to its accomplishment.
This Valentine’s Day weekend, don’t just commemorate the occasion with a one-day chocolate exchange fest, rekindle the spark and make your workforce great again!