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If your company has been in business for more than a week, you probably have a pretty good idea of what you do and why you do it. However, if you want to improve employee morale, you’ll have to take this one step further.

In Simon Sinek’s viral TED talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action,” he says that: “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” The finished product and the logistics of your organization have little to do with keeping employees engaged, productive, and loyal. Instead, they want to understand the deeper meaning behind what they do and how it impacts the world. And most importantly, they want to know how their role benefits the company. Employees want a sense of purpose. Give it to them, and you’ll have a happier, healthier team.

Rock stars want to entertain. They want to inspire. They want to change the world. Without a greater purpose, they’re just putting sounds together. Give your business rock stars the opportunity to make a difference. Here’s how:

Understand the company’s larger vision

There may be a vision or mission statement floating around your corporate environment. If so, dust it off and take it for a spin. Does it still communicate what the company is all about? Does it clearly explain why the company is in business and what it intends to do? While you may not have founded the company, it’s important to understand what the owner’s thoughts were going into it. If possible, have a meeting with the owner(s) where you can discuss the larger vision. If they are reluctant at first, just let them know that having this information will help you create a stronger, more productive team.

You can use Sinek’s template of “TO ­___________ SO THAT ­___________________.” So you have an example, his why is: “To inspire people to do the things that inspire them so that, together, we can change our world.”

Take your time. This may not be a quick process and you may need to do several revisions to get to the core of it. When you’re there, you’ll know.

Communicate the company’s vision

Now that you understand your company’s mission, you must communicate it to your team. In order to foster an environment of alignment, where employees are enthusiastic about their job and work seamlessly with their coworkers, you must make them a part of something bigger. Paint your mission statement on the wall (or better yet, let one of your artistically inclined employees do it), call a Town Hall meeting and announce your vision to the whole team. Speak it, live it, and breathe it. Declaring a mission isn’t enough. If you don’t live up to it with every decision you make, your team will see it as an internal marketing ploy. Celebrate employees who understand the vision and work towards it every day. Listen to your team for any questions, complaints, or confusion. Every single employee must be on board or the one dissenting voice will overpower all the others.

“Stay connected with your vision”.  – John Mellencamp

Show employees how they fit into the larger plan

Everyone wants to feel like they have a purpose. If an employee feels that their job is nothing more than pushing papers or fielding phone calls, they will approach each day with dread. Marvelless Mark® tells his client that when your employees understand that no matter their position in the company, they are an integral (and equal) part in the larger plan, they will come to work excited to do what they can to further the mission.

Your team wants to enjoy their jobs and make a difference in the world. When you understand your company’s Why, clearly communicate it to your employees, and treat them as an invaluable part of the team, they will reward you with rock star results.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

 

Think about a time in your life where you had absolutely no control over a situation. Your opinion wasn’t taken into consideration and you felt as if you didn’t matter. Were you happy? Or were you angry, resentful, and lethargic? If you are looking to improve employee morale on your team, it’s time to make them feel heard.

Rock stars don’t take kindly to record labels, managers, or venue representatives telling them how to play their instruments. They thrive on freedom, creativity, and the opportunity to change the status quo. Your business rock stars are the same. If you give them the freedom to step up and take responsibility, listen (and actually hear) their suggestions, and treat them as a part of the team rather than just “staff,” you’ll be amazed at what they accomplish.

Here are a few ways to utilize your employees to their fullest so you can bring out the best in them for themselves and the company as a whole.

Involve them in the hiring process

A group interview can be daunting for the potential new hire, but it can also create an element of community among your team. Your current employees know the types of personalities that will (and won’t) fit in with your existing team. While you try to be involved as much as possible, chances are that you aren’t in the trenches with your team every day. Your employees will spend a large chunk of their waking hours with each other. It would be nice to take their suggestions into account and make sure everyone gets along.

Hold Town Hall meetings

Not every meeting you hold should involve sales numbers and goal setting. Your company is a family and has a culture all its own. Every few weeks, you should be checking in to see how your employees are doing as a team. This also gives the team time to brainstorm on ways to improve procedures and overcome challenges.

“When we get together and rehearse, which is always living with each other, we always talk about what would make it better, what would mean more, what would say more. So we’re always improving and growing.” – Alice Cooper

Word of advice: Find time to do this during the workday. Requiring your employees to stay after hours for a meeting will not improve employee morale, it will just make them resent you and the time they are wasting.

Create an “Open Door” policy

Or better yet, take some advice from Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, and forego the office entirely. However you do it, make sure that your employees are comfortable coming to you with suggestions, challenges, grievances, and to toot their own horn. Employees spend so much time afraid of doing something wrong. Why not invite them to announce when they’ve done something right? Not everyone will be comfortable expressing themselves in a large group setting. Opening your office or workspace to one-on-one conversations will ensure that everyone is free to share their opinions.

Take suggestions

Look, they aren’t all going to be winners. In fact, sometimes you are going to get suggestions so absurd that it will take everything you have not to laugh out loud. But sometimes, you’re going to get good suggestions. When you have a problem in the office, your employees are your best bet for solving that problem. Listen to their suggestions and if they are financially feasible, logistically possible, and potentially valuable, take them. If something doesn’t work, you can always try something else. Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that when you take your employees’ suggestions, it will go a long way toward making them feel heard and appreciated.

You have a font of rock star business brilliance at your fingertips. Listen to your employees and implement their suggestions whenever possible. When they feel heard, they will be happy. When they are happy, they will be productive.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

Sure, your employees are all adults. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t still like to have fun. An excellent way to boost employee morale is to ensure that your office is a playful, pleasant environment for your team to flourish in. Work is important, but when you take everything too seriously, your employees will become bored, stagnant, and resentful.

Do you think rock stars adopt a “strictly business” attitude? Absolutely not! They have parties, celebrate, and love to have fun. It keeps them young, creative, and happy. When it comes to your business rock stars, the same holds true. Work should be a place they enjoy coming to, not one they dread.

There a number of ways to have fun in the office which won’t put too much of a dent in your expense account. Be creative and ask for your employees’ input. They know what they like. Here are seven suggestions for making your office a “fun zone.”

1) Decorate

There is nothing duller than a gray cubicle. Hopefully, you’ve decided to redesign your workspace. However, whether you invest the money to spruce up your space, or opt not to, you can still decorate. Choose a theme each month and encourage employees to get crafty and decorate their workspace (or a friend’s) according to the theme. Offer prizes for the best job.

2) Offer art opportunities

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. Coloring has been shown to lower blood pressure and spark creativity. Include the necessary supplies in your break room or hand out crayons to all of your employees so they can take “doodle breaks” and let their imaginations run free. You can also ask your team to share any special skills they have and create mini workshops where they teach their coworkers to paint, decoupage, make jewelry, etc. Want to make your employees really happy? Pay for the supplies.

3) Have regular “meetings”

Not the boring ones where everyone is checking their phones and praying for the fire alarm to go off. You want to throw fun meetings where you bring in someone to teach employees fun skills like juggling. Make it completely un-work-related and give them something fun to show off at their next cocktail party.

4) Incorporate a daily dance party

Some people need to be encouraged out of their shell, but it will be worth it. Dancing is a great way to relax, release stress, and get your heart pumping. Throw on 2-3 songs and let your employees dance their way to a successful day. You can give your team the power of “DJ” and have them trade off who’s in charge of the music each day. You can even have a dance-off and reward the victor with a gift card or an hour off of work.

5) Have a parade

Zappos is famous for having random parades throughout their day, often accompanied by costumes. Nothing will break up a boring day quite like joining a parade of your coworkers as they snake through the office playing homemade instruments and singing. In case you’re afraid that this type of silliness will hurt your organization, Zappos is consistently voted one of the best companies to work for… and their bottom line is doing just fine.

6) Bring furry guests to the office

Allowing employees to bring their dogs to work will lighten the mood in the office. However, if you don’t feel that regular 4 legged workers would be conducive to your environment, why not just bring visitors. Contact an animal rescue in your town and invite them to bring some adoptable animals for a mid-week puppy break. You’re employees will be happy, the animals will get more socialization, and you just might see a love connection. If possible, offer to cover the adoption fee and send your employees home with a new best friend.

7) Allow them to showcase their rock star skills

Your team is full of talented people, some may even be musically inclined. When Marvelless Mark® works with a company, he turns their employees into band members, giving them instruments and encouraging them to write their own songs and perform for their coworkers.

No matter how you incorporate fun into your office, remember that the more engaged and the happier your employees, the better their performance will be. Don’t forget to give them time away from their desks to enjoy the fun and really get involved. It will pay off in their rock star performance.

“As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.”

– Bono

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

Have you ever felt stagnant in a job? Every day is the same thing. You have nothing to look forward to, and you start to think that your job is nothing more than a means to an end. Stagnation is one of the main causes of low employee morale.

Consider the rock star who doesn’t strive to improve his craft. Sure, he can play the guitar pretty well. But if he isn’t focused on learning and mastering his instrument, he’ll get bored and resentful of his role in the band. Your employees are just like rock stars. They need to be mentally stimulated in order to produce rock star results.

Luckily, it’s a relatively easy fix. When you introduce an element of professional development into your company or department, you give employees a morale boost and improve productivity and creativity in your organization.

Benefits of Professional Development

There are many benefits to incorporating professional development into your workplace culture. These include:

Employees feel valued

When you invest time, money, and energy into your employees professional and personal improvement, you send them a message that they are appreciated, valued, and that you’d like to have them around for a long time.

Employees have the freedom to grow

Turnover is a challenge in any organization. Employees become bored, outgrow their positions and eventually, look for a way to improve their lot in life. As a leader, you can ignore the inevitable, or you can work with your employees, molding them, mentoring them, and encouraging them to grow. When you do this, they are more likely to stay with your company, even if they leave the department. If you don’t encourage them to spread their wings, they’ll do it anyway and fly right out of your nest.

Creativity is sparked

When employees learn, they improve. It doesn’t matter if the skills directly relate to their job description or are general tools that they can use in their lives. Employees that are constantly improving themselves will think better and offer up better ideas in the workplace.

How to Encourage Growth

You understand the benefits of professional development… but how do you actually implement it?

Create a library

Reading is one of the best ways to open your mind and expand your horizons. Provide motivational and educational books for your employees and watch them flourish.

Implement a coaching or mentoring program

Working one-on-one with a coach can help your employees overcome any limiting beliefs that are hindering their performance on the job and in their lives. A mentoring program can help employees connect with someone who is further along in their career than the employee, and can pave the way for growth and promotion. The benefit isn’t just to the mentee. When you teach something, you internalize the lesson. Mentoring can actually benefit everyone involved.

Provide courses or offer tuition reimbursement

Even though your industry may not require continuing education credits, your company should. Employees should always be learning, always be improving, and always be honing their skills. If your company isn’t large enough to warrant a training department, consider bringing in professional trainers to teach your staff. Offering tuition reimbursement also goes a long way to show your employees that you are invested in their future, not just worried about having a job filled.

Hire a motivational speaker

Sometimes, the best way to provide personal development for your employees is to introduce a motivational speaker into the mix. This speaker can inspire your team, challenge their thinking, and open their minds to the possibilities. Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that there is opportunity everywhere. Whether we want to climb the charts with business performance and productivity or make beautiful music on the home front, we must embrace our rock star potential.

If you want your employees to grow, you need to offer them the opportunity. Providing professional development for your team and watch them produce rock star results.

“The more you learn about everything, the easier it is to do it.” Dolly Parton

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

The days of employees being satisfied with just a paycheck and health insurance are over. If you truly want to improve employee morale, you need to think creatively about the benefits you offer your team.

Have you ever heard about rock stars writing specific requirements into their contracts like fresh underwear, B-12 shots, or m&m’s with the brown ones removed? Rock stars enjoy the unique benefits that their fame affords them. Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that if you really want to get your employees to produce rock star results… treat them like rock stars.

Benefits in the Office

There are a number of changes that you can make at work to make your employees happier and more productive. These include:

Create a dedicated “meditation room”

Meditation has been shown to improve focus, reduce stress, improve mood, increase creativity, and even resolve conflict in the workplace. All you need is a small conference room or unoccupied office, a few cushions (and some chairs for those who can’t or don’t want to, sit on the floor), and some soft music. This creates a space for employees to relax and rejuvenate so they can return to their desks happier and healthier.

Save them time on chores

Work takes up the bulk of our waking hours. What about making it easier for employees to spend their free time having fun? Some companies offer laundry services, errand runners, car details, even a gas truck that comes to the office. Want to really make your employee’s day? Gift them a house-cleaning service.

Make them comfortable

Whether you redo the entire office design, or just provide better accommodations for your employees, every bit helps.  While the risks seem rather low, sitting at a desk for 40+ hours a week can actually be quite dangerous.  Employees are in danger of musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and lower back issues. Some companies hire ergonomic specialists to outfit every employee with the proper desk and chair and to adjust their computers to their physical height and habits.

Create “Dress down” days

When you have to wear formal business attire or even Business Casual every day, a day in jeans can mean the world. Consider connecting with a local non-profit and offering a day each month or quarter where your employees can donate $5 or $10 to the charity and come to work comfortably. It’s a win-win situation. Even if your employees are front-line and see customers face-to-face, a quick explanation of their relaxed wardrobe will actually make you appear even better to your customers. Who would say no to a company that donates to charity?

Benefits Outside of the Office

Want your employees to be happier on their off hours?

Offer “Mental Health” days

Admit it, there’ve been days that you just didn’t want to come to work. Give employees a few days a year to play hooky without dipping into their sick days or vacation time. They’ll come back refreshed and appreciative.

Provide Gym memberships or offer classes at your office

Healthier employees take less sick time, do better work, and are much happier than their less-healthy counterparts. Encourage your team to get exercise and eat healthily – you could even offer consultations with a nutritionist.

Include massages and chiropractic care

Even if you go the extra mile to make sure your employees are comfortable while they work, life has a way of stressing the body. Workouts, chasing after children, or the occasional car accident can leave employees in pain. Offering massages and chiropractic visits will keep your employees happy, healthy, and productive.

No matter what benefits you decide to add to your employee’s compensation plans, thinking outside the box and offering rock star incentives will make your employees happy and more willing to go above and beyond for your company and for your customers.

“If I go onstage, I want to give people everything they want and more. I’ll wash their car for them on their way out.”   -Trent Reznor

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

While “making money” will likely always be the number one reason that employees show up for work, it’s certainly not the only one. If you want to improve employee morale, you need to understand what makes your team members tick. Often, it’s a desire for purpose and to know that they are making a difference in the world. Especially, if you employ Millennials.

“I have to try and change the landscape, whatever it is.” Robert Plant

Your employees are business rock stars, and in order to reach their full potential, they need to feel like they’re improving their community. Offering your employees paid time off to volunteer may seem like a bizarre way to bring out their best self in the office, but companies around the world are proving how beneficial it can be for the employees and for the business as a whole. In fact, 55 companies on Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For offer paid volunteer hours for their employees.

Benefits for the Employees

There are a few ways that volunteering benefits your employees and your company.

Enriched Sense of Purpose

Employees can often get stuck in the daily grind, focused so intently on their day-to-day tasks, that it’s difficult to feel enthused about what they do. Volunteering offers two benefits to the employee when it comes to sense of purpose:

1) They feel good about giving back to the community they live in. They also feel good that the company they work for is supporting their desire to help a population or cause close to their heart.

2) They get a break from their daily grind and have the opportunity to step away from the office and exercise their skills in another environment. Think about a rock star being forced to play the same venue and the same setlist every single day. Their creativity would be stifled.

Increased Skills

Employees are more likely to take risks and step outside of their comfort zones when their job is not on the line. During a volunteer project, employees may discover talents they never knew they had. Talents and skills that they can bring back to their current job role, or use to move up inside your company. Marvelless Mark® reminds his clients that employees who are given the opportunity to experiment and grow, will be more likely to thrive within your company.

Improved Teamwork Among Employees

When you encourage your employees to volunteer together, you give them the opportunity to forge relationships outside of the office. This will lead to improved communication and collaboration inside the office.

Benefits for the Company

Offering paid volunteer time doesn’t just improve employee morale. It also improves the business as a whole.

Improved Visibility within the Community

Doing a group volunteer project? Don’t forget the t-shirts. When you and your team are out and about volunteering, proudly display your logo and show the world that your community matters. People want to do business with companies that care.

Decreased Turnover

When you consider how much it costs to hire and train new employees, and consider how easy it is to offer your employees a few days a year to work on a passion project, volunteering becomes one of the smartest business decisions you will ever make.

Take a cue from companies like Salesforce and Autodesk that have incorporated paid volunteer time (and volunteer grants) into their corporate culture and are reaping the rewards. With happier, more productive employees, your company will inspire rock star results.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

When you look at your desk, you probably have photos of your spouse, your children, and your pets. While employees sometimes appreciate a few hours away from the human members of the family, most miss having their favorite pet snuggled up in their lap or snoozing loudly from the nearest piece of furniture. If you are looking to improve employee morale, you may want to consider inviting furry friends to the office.

Even rock stars hate to be away from their pets. It’s been reported that many musicians bring their animals on tour or to the “office.”  From Slash’s pet snake to Blake Shelton’s dog Betty, the more time spent with their pets, the better. Your rock star employees are no different!

The Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

There are so many benefits to having dogs at the office:

Improve the Health and Happiness of your Employees

A research study by the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who brought their dogs to work had less stress than those who didn’t. Petting a dog for just a few minutes lowers blood pressure. The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation also found that having pets in the workplace improves employee teamwork, satisfaction, and productivity.

Increase Energy

Do you have employees that barely break away from their computers to go to the restroom, never mind to eat lunch or get fresh air? Having a dog in the office ensures that employees will take breaks throughout the day to refresh and clear their heads. When they return to their computers, they’ll be more productive.

Improve Dedication

Almost every pet parent has a set number of hours that they can leave their dog alone. Often, this is roughly the same amount of time that they work. Add in a commute, and employees are rushing off the moment the clock signals the end of the workday.  If their pets are already at the office, enjoying a steady stream of love, attention, and potty breaks, your employees will be more likely to stick around to finish a project.

Increase Loyalty

When you treat your employees right and go above and beyond to make them feel comfortable and appreciated, they’re more likely to stick around. Replacing the occasional square of carpet is less expensive than hiring and training new employees on a regular basis.

Tips for Bringing Pets Into the Office

If you like the idea of having pets in the workplace but you imagine your workspace turning into a circus, don’t worry. There are many ways to keep the office a safe and productive environment.

  1. All dogs must be up to date on vaccines in order to come to work.
  2. Dogs must be well behaved and leashed whenever in common areas.
  3. Consider requiring baby gates for each office so that the door can be open, yet the dog still contained.
  4. Owners should keep their dogs well groomed.
  5. If the pet has any allergies, this should be listed on the office door so they aren’t given treats that could hurt them.
  6. When a new dog is introduced, they should meet on neutral territory (like outside of the building).
  7. Provide an outside potty area with plenty of clean-up bags so they surrounding areas don’t become minefields.
  8. Discuss expectations with your staff so they understand what is required when bringing a dog to the office.

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan

Whether you choose to create a dog-friendly workplace every day, or welcome dogs to the office once or twice a week, this gesture will go a long way to creating happy, healthy, productive employees. Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that If you want your employees to produce rock star results, treat them like rock stars.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

 

Have you ever considered offering flexible hours to your employees? If you’re looking for a way to boost employee morale, this might be the perfect solution. Your team is filled with business rock stars with amazing amounts of talent. You just have to find the right way to inspire them.

Can you imagine requiring actual rock stars to work a 9-5 shift? They’d be cranky, uncreative, and possibly hungover.

A flexible work schedule doesn’t lend itself to every industry or working environment, however, the more freedom you give your employees, the happier and more productive they will be.

Rethink the 9-5

When you give employees the opportunity to pick their own schedule, you’ll see a world of benefits for your team and for your company as a whole.

Benefits for Employees

Improved commute – When employees choose their own hours, they can avoid rush hour traffic and spend less time commuting to and from work. This lessens the chances that employees will be irritated and stressed the moment they walk in the door.

More time with family – Parents and caretakers of any sort appreciate the ability to visit doctors, drive kids to activities, or be involved with school projects during “working hours.” They’re are often happy to make up those hours elsewhere and even willing to stay a bit late to get a job done.

Reduced childcare costs – Often times, the salary of one parent in a two-paycheck household, goes to daycare or babysitting costs. Offering a flexible schedule allows parents to stagger their work hours so they don’t have to rely on anyone outside of the immediate family to watch the kids and shuttle them off to extracurriculars.

Better work and better productivity – Let’s face it, we aren’t all morning people. Everyone’s natural schedule is different, so why penalize an employee for being a night owl? Allow your team members to work whenever they are the freshest and you’ll see better performance.

Benefits to the Department/Company

Increased employee morale – employees that have the freedom to choose their own schedule, feel more appreciated and more inspired to produce rock star caliber results.

Reduced sick days and late arrivals – When an employee doesn’t have to take time off to accomplish personal or family tasks, they are less likely to call in sick or be late for their expected shift. You’ll still get the same amount of time (and more productivity) from them, however, they will be happier and more focused while at work.

Increased favorability in the community – Being considered an “employee-centric” and “family friendly” company will create a positive brand for your business. This will make it easier to recruit quality employees and will make more customers want to do business with you.

Reduce turnover – Hiring and training a new employee costs the company unnecessary money.  Why not just keep your rock star employees by ensuring that they are happy, feel appreciated, and have job satisfaction?

Telecommuting

If your employees are interested, consider offering them a work-from-home option a few days a week. Often times, employees will enjoy skipping the commute (and saving money in the process), working in their pajamas, and having peace and quiet to focus on their work rather than being in the center of a bustling office.

Marvelless Mark® advises his clients that whether you choose to offer a flexible schedule or a flexible working environment, communication is key. Let employees know what is expected of them. This can include:

  • What projects need to be completed and by when.
  • How many hours they are expected to clock in on the job.
  • If there are certain meetings or activities that they must be physically present for and when they’ll be held.
  • What deliverables or check-ins must be done to ensure that projects are moving along properly.

Your employees have lives outside of the office. When you allow them to be creative with their time and environment, they’ll often go the extra mile to support and further your business.

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

 

Your employees spend roughly 1/3 of their lives at work. When their working environment is dark, dingy, and depressing, creativity is stifled and employee morale will be at an all-time low. If you’d like to create an environment where ideas flow freely and employees are excited to come to work every day, it’s time to update your office.

You wouldn’t expect a rock star to create outrageous music when they travel in an outdated, boring tour bus and practice in a dilapidated studio. So why would you expect your employees to reach their true rock star potential in a less-than-impressive environment?

If you don’t have a budget for an office re-do, you’ll have to get creative. Here are a few areas where you can make a big impact on your employees’ moods and morale.

Lighting

Is your office filled with overhead fluorescent lighting? This has been proven to cause migraines in some and increase the pain from tension headaches. Ideally, you can replace overhead fluorescent lighting with LED bulbs. If this is not in the budget, provide desk and standing lamps with a warmer tone or invite employees to bring their own from home. Whenever possible, rely on natural light from windows

Furniture

Traditional cubicles can be suffocating for some and hinder your employees’ ability to collaborate with one another.  Consider removing cubicles to inspire the sharing of ideas and to give your employees the opportunity to breathe. This will also allow any natural light that’s available, to reach each workspace.

Are your employees sitting in uncomfortable chairs? Consider providing ergonomic furniture to improve their posture and limit the damage done by sitting for long hours at a time. Even better, offer your employees the option of standing desks.

Paint

The psychology of color has been studied for years, but no one needs a scientist to tell them that certain colors perk us up while others drag us down. If you’d like your employees to be happy, alert, and productive, consider repainting the space. High saturation colors (deeper rather than pale) are more stimulating to the senses. The actual color you choose depends on your industry and your goals.

  • Blue is known to be a mind-stimulating color and works well paired with orange to wake up the emotions. This is good for an analytical industry like accounting.
  • Yellow works well for creative types as it improves optimism and lifts the spirits.
  • Green is good to encourage balance and calm.
  • Red is great to improve physical strength.

Plants

People are drawn to nature and thrive when elements from the outside world are brought inside. Adding plants and greenery to your office is one of the best ways to do this. Plants that flourish in an office environment include:

  • Cacti
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bamboo
  • Snake plants

Some plants can also improve the quality of the air, removing toxins. If you’d like your plants to do double duty as air filters, consider:

  • Spider plants
  • English Ivy
  • Dragon Tree
  • Peace Lily

Accessories

Office supplies can be bland and boring. If you’d like to spruce up your employees’ experience in the office, creative touches can go a long way. Here are a few ideas:

  • Replace mouse pads displaying company logos with personalized mouse pads of family, furry friends, or favorite vacation locales.
  • Find fun stationary for each employee. Maybe even something that represents their personality.
  • Dedicate a wall to employees and invite them to contribute meaningful photos that communicate who they are outside of work.
  • Do you have any talented artists working with you? Ask them to create a mural for the team.
  • Hang beautiful artwork throughout the office. Actually, while you’re at it, why not include some motivational quotes from the music world. Marvelless Mark® believes that real rock stars can be quite the motivators for your business rock stars.

If you want your team to produce rock star results, you have to give them a rock star environment. Some quick updates to your existing space can provide the boost they need to create greatness.

“Mediocrity is your greatest enemy. If you’re going to be in this business, don’t be afraid to go out on that limb as far as you can.” – Alice Cooper

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

Is your morning stroll into the office starting to feel more like a walk down death row? You know that your team is capable of rock star performance, but your department as a whole is suffering because employee morale is low. Your employees are just not happy.

There’s nothing worse than a bunch of unhappy rock stars. Tour busses get destroyed and platinum albums don’t get made. When employee morale is low, productivity is low, sales are low, and sick time and turnover are high.

How do you improve employee morale in your department and inspire rock star results? Read on to learn how.

Ways to Improve Employee Morale

There are a variety of techniques that you can implement today to create a better working environment for your team and increase your bottom line in the process. A happy employee is a productive employee.

Spruce up the office

Is your office dark, dingy, and outdated? This brings down the energy in an office and can make employees dread wasting their days. People thrive with natural light, soft colors, comfortable furniture, and plants (not to mention that some plants clean the air and improve the quality). Even if you don’t have a ton of money to spend, paint and some natural greenery can go a long way in improving the environment and making your employees happier and healthier.

Rethink the 9-5

Does your business require face-to-face contact with customers or could employees work non-traditional hours to better suit their lives and natural schedules? Employees that are able to take care of their families, go to doctors when necessary, and enjoy their lives —without taking comp time — are happier and more likely to stick around. If your industry doesn’t require specific hours, pass that freedom along to your employees. This could also include telecommuting a few days a week, and perhaps even restructuring their pay to do a job, not for the number of hours they sit in a chair.

Allow employees to bring their pets to the office

Nothing improves morale in the office quite like having your fuzzy family members by your side. Pets have been proven to lower blood pressure, lessen stress, and build camaraderie among employees. They also encourage employees to take breaks and get some fresh air which can help improve energy and productivity. Not to mention, when an employee doesn’t have to rush home to feed their furry friend, they are more willing to stay later to finish a product.

Offer paid time off to volunteer in the community

Many employees, especially Millenials, have causes that they deeply care about and want to be involved with. When you offer your team the opportunity to get out in the community and support a charity they love, it has several benefits. These include improved:

  • Morale among employees
  • Visibility in the community for your company
  • Teamwork when you encourage employees to volunteer together

Celebrate achievements

Employees need to be recognized for reaching goals, providing excellent customer service, and otherwise furthering the company’s mission. Throw a party when team goals are reached, offer incentives and public acknowledgment when employees meet personal goals, and if a team member accomplishes an impressive feat in their personal lives, celebrate that too. Employees will feel appreciated and morale will soar.

Offer “benefits”

Insurance and a retirement plan are important… and expected. If you’d like to make your employees happier and more productive, you need to think creatively. Do your employees sit at a desk for 40+ hours a week? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Provide massages or free chiropractic care
  • Offer “nap time” and provide a place for employees to relax and shut their eyes for a few minutes to boost their energy.
  • Create a meditation room where employees can go for quiet time
  • Offer yoga or other exercise classes to keep your employees healthy and encourage them to stick around after work and create relationships with coworkers.
  • Allow “dress down days” so employees can come in to work comfortable. You can even pair this with a cause and ask for a $5 donation to a charity in order for employees to dress down.

Hire a motivational speaker

A motivational speaker can come in and pump up your employees. Marvelless Mark® creates “rock bands” with your team, giving them the opportunity to write and perform their own music. This creates energy, encourages fun, and gets your employees excited to be a part of the company.

Communicate your “Why”

If your employees don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing, they aren’t likely to be enthused about it. Make sure that your company story is well known to every single employee and make it clear what your larger mission is and how each employee’s work contributes to the company.

Offer opportunities for personal and professional development

When employees feel stuck, their morale and productivity take a dive. When they feel as if they are growing, improving, and have the opportunity for promotions and new challenges, they thrive. Here are a few ways to encourage growth:

  • Create a library of motivational and educational books that employees can borrow
  • Bring in motivational speakers to encourage growth and inspire change
  • Provide courses within the company or offer tuition reimbursement
  • Offer coaching or mentoring to employees

Have fun

Yes, an office should be a professional setting — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Adults need to play sometimes too. Provide crayons and coloring books in the break room, have an impromptu dance party to get employees up and moving, or take the afternoon off, every once in a while, to go bowling or catch a sporting event (as a team).

Ask for (and take) suggestions

Employees will be more emotionally invested when they’ve had a say in the decision-making process. Whether it’s hiring new employees, making changes to the existing protocol, or implementing new designs and products, your employees should be involved in the process. Ask for their input and whenever possible, take it! You never know what brilliance may be hiding among your employees until you ask for assistance.

You know that your team is capable of rock star performance. Every day, you have the opportunity to boost morale in your department and encourage them to greatness.

“There’s so much opportunity in this world that sometimes it takes my breath away… It’s always there. It’s just a matter of taking the opportunity to use the opportunity” – John Mellencamp

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.