When I’m on Facebook and sometimes LinkedIn, I’ll see a lot of posts about, “Oh no, it’s Monday morning again. Monday, how do I get out of bed? How do I go to work?” Then I’ll see a lot of things about Friday excitement. People are so excited it’s Friday. It’s the start of the weekend. It’s Saturday, everything is fun. Then Sunday, people are dreading to come back to work again. What a terrible cycle to be in. I know so many of us are in that cycle. I lived in that cycle before I started my own law firm. I have to say having my own business has helped me a lot. I don’t dread going to work. I enjoy it. It’s part of my life. It’s part of my existence. It helps me be who I am. It reflects who I am. I really enjoy helping the clients and really getting engaged and making a difference in other people’s lives.
How do we do this for our employees? How do we create an environment where everybody wants to come to work? Workplace engagement in America is very low. If you look at the studies, less than 50% of the people are fully engaged at work. A lot of people dread coming to the office. How do you make your organization different?
#1 Make work fun. Make work enjoyable. Make it a challenge that your employees enjoy doing. This partially means having people in the right seats, having people doing what they like doing. If somebody enjoys serving others, have them serve others. If somebody enjoys the intellectual challenge of writing and developing and researching, have them in that role. Do you have the right people in the right seats or are they just settled for the wrong position that’s not a fit for them?
#2 Have something to come back to. Employees should be looking forward to coming back on Monday. There should be a project or an event or something they’re working on, something big that they’re excited about. If they’re not excited about what they’re doing, that may be a sign you have a bigger problem. What do your employees want to come back to on Monday morning? What are they looking forward to?
#3 Balance. How has your organization allowed employees to separate their personal and business lives so that they can do the things they really want to do, but also be engaged professionals? How do you let the two blend together? Do you allow some flexibility in schedules so that people can do the things they want to do in their personal lives? Sometimes people’s schedules don’t line up to a Monday through Friday. They may have an event during the week they wish to attend for a personal manner and they may be willing to work on the weekends. Have you allowed people to balance their schedule?
#4 Don’t make work so overwhelming. Don’t make work such a chore. Make work enjoyable so that people don’t feel like they have to dread it.
These are simple tips, things that you can easily do. What are you doing to make a better workplace culture? What have you done to make work better for your employees? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.