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Increasing Business Morale

Increasing Business Morale - Week Forty-Two

Josh got to our meeting early to tell me that he had to skip the larger gathering so that he could take care of an issue he was having with his public claims adjuster.  He had had a small fire at his house and it had left some damage that he said would be covered.  But he had to slip out early to take care of it all.  When Liz arrived we all talked about how the guided imagery experience the week previous affected us.  We all thought that it was interesting to think about where we each saw ourselves with regards to God’s house.  I had made this vision a part of my prayer time for the whole week and never got beyond where I started.  I found this to be something to think about – does this mean anything about my closeness to God?  Am I at a distance or do I just think I am?  Anyway, we had a good prayer time before the larger meeting – Liz told us that her Lubbock catering business was thriving again and that she was going to have to leave early also to coordinate a community event that her business always caters on a pro bono basis.  I told them that I would take notes for them and pass on any vital business knowledge to them.  I invited them to call me if they needed anything during the week.

At the larger business gathering we had a famous leadership speaker come into talk with us.  His name was Andy.  Andy said that we could improve our workplace morale by following a calendar filled with interesting days – like donut day or pancake day or sombrero day, etc.  He said that by acting on these unofficial holidays, it gave his employees a way to express themselves in funny or fun ways.  He said that once his business started using these days as fun days for his employees, there was a shift that happened.  Type A business people who were typically known for being “stuffed shirts” showed up in colorful costumes with King Cakes in hand on Fat Tuesday.  People who wouldn’t typically make “friends” at work started handing out coupons to Baskin Robbins on National Ice Cream Day.  He said that the office became a fun place to be – and he also noted that there was an actual uptick in production.  He said that he had had his doubts at first – he figured that by making a workday fun or interesting that people would work casually – but he admitted that after two months he was wrong about it all.  The business even held contests for best expression on certain days with the winners getting gift cards to local restaurants.  A Q&A followed and there was some good discourse.  Then the meeting ended.  I made sure to make note of the book that the leadership coach mentioned that had all of the unofficial holidays in it so I could go out and buy it.  I probably won’t do it as often as this company of his does it, but why not add some levity to an otherwise boring and serious day.

So readers, what do you think of trying out these unofficial days at your workplace?  Do you think it would be a fit for your business?  What would be the good that you think could come from this sort of practice?  Comment as usual – thanks.