Keep it simple, and see one idea a day take off
IMPLE actions devoted to building a more engaged workforce can be infectious, quickly spreading a purpose and teamwork throughout an organisation, says James Adonis, pictured. He believes that if you implement just one idea every day, and follow through to ensure they’re all continuously in operation, ‘‘ employee turnover will reduce by up to 50 per cent’’.
For example: ■ Sponsor someone in need, as a team. A shared sense of purpose and community brings people closer together, no matter how different
Stheir backgrounds and upbringing. ‘‘ You can sponsor a Third World child, a family in need in your community, or a guide dog for a blind or disabled person.’’ ■ Provide fresh fruit. It’s healthier than donuts or pastries, and those on a diet can partake. Have teams take turns. ‘‘ You can provide the money, but each team member can purchase a selection of fresh fruit that they most enjoy, or that they’d like other team members to try.’’ ■ Foster a work-life balance. Even the best and most supportive workplaces cannot prevent the negative effects of too much work, so keep workloads realistic and set aside specific interruption-free periods during the work week. ‘‘ Interruptions prolong the work day and are symptoms of a crisis-orientated, reactive approach,’’ he says.
Shout lunch. Sandwiches, pizzas and platters are all relatively inexpensive ways of providing lunch and a little surprise bonus for a team’s efforts. Provide variety so everyone can indulge. ‘‘ While you and a few team members may love oysters, for example, not everyone will, and your gesture will fall flat with the people who are less than excited about seafood,’’ says Adonis. ■ Learn from exit interviews. People leaving the team ‘‘ are more likely to be outspoken’’. Try to find opportunities for improvement in areas mentioned in an exit interview and ‘‘ don’t chalk up negative feedback to a disgruntled employee; stay objective and evaluate if their concerns have merit,’’ Adonis advises. ‘‘ If you’re in doubt, ask other members of the team if the problem or issue should be addressed’’.