August 2, 2011 Tessa Duckett
How far would you go to have fun at work and engage your team to feel valued? With the every day mundane tasks that accompany some entry-level positions, how can companies keep retention low and employees happy? I have a policy at work, and that is to work hard and play harder.
For an HR executive, team engagement is a top priority for building team culture within your organization. Each level of employee has a different motivational factor that will keep them engaged. I had some company priorities that I had to share with my leaders, so in turn they could convey the priorities to the rest of the team. How can I make this fun, and have a learning experience as well? Sometimes we play to play. But most of the time, there is a learning experience behind it.
So, I wanted to get my semi-annual priorities out to the team, and I wanted to tie in some recognition and fun in the day. Why not take a day to play? So we had a circus theme day at work where all the executives dressed up in different costumes. We had superman, Bert from Bert and Ernie and of course the clown, amongst others. We had a teaching moment where we had to get our company priorities out. We divided our leadership team into groups, and presented them with props to put on a skit for the rest of the employees. It was sort of like “Chopped” on food network, where you have a basket of stuff and you have to make something out of it. (see my about me page – I love food network!) It was hilarious! We of course had food and carnival games-ring toss, balloon toss etc. The point is that the boss was not afraid to play. She had fun with the team and we got to laugh and learn a lesson as well. Wow- if every day could be a play day!