Holiday celebrations do more than just improve morale for a day. Having annual traditions in the workplace can increase employee motivation. It also contributes to team building efforts and leads to more productive teams.
While most organizations focus on providing opportunities to celebrate the traditional winter holiday season, there are a number of other holidays that can be celebrated. By scheduling regular events, you encourage your employees to look forward to the celebrations and keep spirits high throughout the year.
To experience the benefits that only workplace celebrations can bring, here are some tips to get you started.
Unity and Togetherness
Even though most people spend a disproportionate amount of time around their co-workers, those interactions are rarely social or celebratory in nature. By adding holiday events to the regular schedule, you encourage everyone to come together for a reason other than completing a work task. The relaxed atmosphere gives employees a chance to bond while enjoying themselves. Supporting these connections can help teams function optimally and might lead to better performances on future projects.
Morale and Motivation
The ability to have a holiday event at work helps employees feel appreciated. This improves the overall mood in the workplace and allows the employee to fully dedicate themselves to their employer. Having a break from routine is a morale booster, especially when the celebration focuses on fun and relaxation.
While holiday events do not have to double as recognition events, it is often an easy adjustment to make. Being recognized for accomplishments and success demonstrate that members of management notice the hard work they put in and appreciate the effort. This can include longevity celebrations focused on key milestones with the company, such as the 10-year mark, as well as those focused on recognizing employees who have experienced a significant accomplishment during the year. Consider reviewing both professional and personal victories of your employees to show you take a particular interest in the well-being of your team.
Choosing Appropriate Holidays and Events
It is important to pick the right moments for celebrations. While the winter holidays often lead to an event, it is important to avoid parties with specific religious connotations. Most workplaces are filled with diversity, so focusing on a holiday closely associated with a particular religious preference is often not appropriate. However, seasonal celebrations can be created without referencing any particular religious or cultural preferences.
You can also hold regular events that are not specifically tied to holidays, such as annual employee appreciation events. Additionally, recognizing birthdays on a monthly basis or other major life events, like weddings, births and graduations, can also provide excellent opportunities to celebrate.
If a large project is nearing completion, consider creating a celebration surrounding the accomplishment. Not only does a recognition event of this nature disrupt the monotony that may have taken over the workplace, it also provides excellent stress release after the fact.
The professionals at The Armada Group understand the value of employee motivation and recognition, as well as how proper hiring can improve morale. Contact us to speak with one of our professional recruiters about your current hiring needs.
Americans work hard, and we work a lot – long hours are expected in most industries, and tech roles can require responding to issues around the clock. When you spend that many hours working, you want to feel comfortable in the workplace. Finding a company culture that fits you well is as important to job happiness as your salary and benefits. Use these tips to figure out whether a company’s culture is the right one for you.
Know what you're looking for.
Give some thought to company culture before you start your job search process. The atmosphere at almost any startup is going to be different from the atmosphere at more established firms. The vibe in certain kinds of industries is known to be cutthroat, while others are more laid back. While there are exceptions to every generalization, if you think about the culture you want before you start looking for a new position, you'll be able to target your job search more effectively.
Pay attention to what the company tells you.
Many companies talk about their culture on their website. The career pages may also talk about what it's like to work there. Videos with current employees talking about their projects and their experience give a non-HR point of view (even if the message is company-approved).
Pay attention to what the company doesn't tell you.
When you're on site for an interview, notice what's going on around you. You'll see what the office space is like – how high are the dividers between cubicles; do the managers keep their doors closed? Notice how people are dressed, whether you see groups of employees talking about work or non-work subjects, and the level of tension in the air.
Pay attention to what former employees say.
You can read reviews of a company on sites like Glassdoor. It's impossible to know for sure the motivations behind comments and how much truth they contain, but reading them will give you insiders' opinions.
Part of your discussion with your interviewers should be asking about the company culture. Tailor your questions to the interviewer's position and level. If talking with an HR employee, you can find out the official position and how the company sees itself. When you talk with the hiring manager, you can find out about the atmosphere they try to maintain within their team. And when you meet with technical staff, you can find out what the reality is for those in the job you'll be working in.