Post # 1
I’m working with a small group of others who are attempting to bring about a more positive culture within our organization. What are some things that are done at your job to help with employee morale? Some of the things that we are thinking of so far are:
Thursday Power Snack – every Thursday, drop off some type of snack item in the break room for all employees – this could be ice cream sundaes, Chick Fil A sandwiches, bags of chips or chex mix, or really anything
U Rock award – each week, an employee is given an award (literally a rock with a U on it) that let’s them know that they are awesome and appreciated, and we take their picture and put it on their wall. They also get to pick the power snack for that week and pick the next person who gets the award. There are a few rules around this but you get the gist.
No Meeting Friday – we have way too many meetings around here so we want a day without them.
Do you have any ideas of things that are done at your job? Google does AMAZING things for their employees. Thanks!
Post # 3
I like those ideas, but for the “power snack” one I think it’d be better to do healthy (but tasty) snacks, rather than all that unhealthy junk food which will just lead to a crash later.
I really like “no meeting friday”.
Post # 4
That sounds cool! Our company provides us with free lunch every Thursday..I enjoy that and we have huge variety beverages in the fridge at all times which I enjoy. We also through a quarterly team building meeting where we play a game and learn more about each other and the company and food and wine, and beer are included it’s right after work. My last job had half day Fridays off in the summer and we worked 10 hours Mon-Thurs that was the best!
Post # 5
We do perfect attendance awards each quarter and give out a gift card
Employee events after work like bowling, sporting events with discount tickets, etc. These arent that popular 🙁
In a few weeks we are having a baseball opening day cookout during lunch for everyone
I work in HR so I will be watching this thread for some ideas 🙂
Post # 6
At one small nonprofit where I used to work, we had potluck lunches once a month. It was awesome, because they were always themed (like Cinco de Mayo, stuff like that) and everyone signed up to bring stuff, and they always lasted at least an hour and a half, but HR told us to only clock out for an hour (hourly employees at least).
Another place I used to work, about once every 2 weeks, one of the secretaries used to give little tiny presents to everyone, just because she loved blessing people. It was stuff like 2 chocolate kisses and a note that said, “You’re great!” or a hot cocoa packet or something small. She went around before everyone got in in the morning and left them on the desks. It was somewhat sporadic, so you never knew when you’d come in to find it, which made it such a huge encouragement. She was also great with holiday candy, haha.
Post # 7
Haha–a lot of what Google does though is to keep their employees around for longer work hours! I’ve got a friend who works there and the timing of meals and such is structured to keep you there for more than an 8 hour day. 🙂
Our office does bagels on Thursdays–my team in particular is trying to bring in treats in Fridays as well. We do the award type things too although that has personally never raised my moral. I think the best thing we do is we’re pretty flexible on arrival and leave time as long as you’re getting your time in and your work done, and we’re flexible with working from home too. Not sure if that’s an option.
Post # 8
Thats awesome about the snack thing! My company is not good at improving morale but here are some ideas.
-DH works for the American Diabetes Association…they have cookie social every Friday afternoon. Its weird because of the cause they are working towards….but everone loves it.
-Suggestions Box: I know that my coworkers and I all have ideas/suggestions but no one to talk to about them. It would be great if we had a suggestions box
-My company offers bank days which actually are really nice. You can work on a government holiday (like Presidents Day) and then “bank” that day or rather use it as a vacation day later. This is especially nice for days like Presidents Day, Veterans Day, etc because then you can just have an extra vacation day!
Post # 9
@Taylor4: yup! My cousin works there and he loves the free meals but he is always working! Althought their office space is really nice too. Plush furniture, bright colors, white boards on every wall so you can just write an idea whenever you are thinking it, etc.
Post # 10
We do allow people to pretty much come and go as they please, except for the Customer Support and OCR Staffing Department, but other than that, you choose your own hours. For those of us that have laptops, we can also work from home when we need to. thanks everyone, keep them coming! I’m taking notes 🙂
We have done after work functions occasionally, like bowling, but that typically ends up with only the people who have families. Those that don’t have kids don’t come because they feel out of place. And when have have adult only events, those who have kids don’t come because they can’t get a sitter. So we’re trying to make sure that we have an even distribution of those types of events.
Post # 11
Our company enrolled us in the “I Love Rewards” program. It’s a program where you can go online and nominate your coworkers for exceptional work they have done. You have to pick a heading like “Passion” or “Integrity” and then write a small paragraph of why that person is desearving. Each nomination is worth 2500-5000 points and you save them up much like you would VISA rewards points or airmiles. In the end you can redeem your points for items through this “I Love Rewards” company. You can buy things like a movie pass or book for 3000 points or an ipod or whale watching experience for 30,000 and so on. It really boosts morale to hear other people’s appreciation of you 🙂
Post # 12
@mrs.peters.to.be: this is my first time hearing of this program. I’m on the website now – thanks!
Post # 13
@souliganprincess: You should look into providing childcare at an adults only event!