Brittany Walker

Engaging Your Workforce: Just for Fun

A highly engaged workforce is good for business, plain and simple. One way to effectively move the needle on engagement is to foster a mentality of fun throughout the organization. A fun company culture is established through the energy of the workplace, and it’s up to leadership to walk the walk, and managers to set the tone for their teams. We spend a lot of time at work, might as well enjoy ourselves while we’re there.

Here are a few simple ways to foster engagement through fun:

  1. Take a note from The Office‘s Party Planning Committee. Nominate or request volunteers to head up your version of a Culture Club – however it fits your organization’s size and structure. At Tribe, our Culture Club comes in the form of the Snack Committee. With a budget of $100 per month, Tribe’s Snack Committee takes on the responsibility of a bi-weekly trip to the grocery store to fuel the office. Everybody loves free snacks; and a little bit goes a long way.
  2. Indulge in a little friendly competition. Organizing challenges is a great way to impact employee engagement. A fitness competition can bring wellness to life in your organization, and can easily scale to be as high or low tech as desired, for any number for employees. Competition can also apply to the work itself, by creating a challenge around an initiative or problem-solving exercise. Prizes often help up the ante.
  3. Encourage personal friendships at work. Having a good friend at work can lead to a greater sense of belonging. And when things don’t go as planned, or long hours are taking a toll, the built-in teamwork mentality of a friendship can drive employees to address problems more constructively. Fostering friendships at work starts with the vibe of the workplace. Incorporating social activities and encouraging eating lunch as a team is a great place to start.
  4. Celebrate success. Congratulating wins and milestones is an important step in building a fun culture. From dedicated website portals, to a verbal “thank you,” there are many effective methods to increase excitement and morale through acknowledgment. Even better, rewarding employees in front of their peers (i.e., friends), puts a little extra oomph in building pride.

Interested in building engagement through fun? Tribe can help.

Wellness in the workplace: Make it a competition

Around this time every year, Tribe starts its annual 12-week fitness competition. Anyone can compete, but no one has to. Those who choose to join set a personal weekly workout goal they have to stick with.

Each week you complete all your workouts, you get one point. Whoever has the most points after 12 weeks wins a cash prize. If you complete almost the number of workouts in your goal one week, you get zero points. No partial credit for even the best excuses.

At Tribe, we try to make our competition as democratic as possible without making it too easy. Participants create their own schedule that pushes their normal workout routine. So for instance, someone who never exercises can set a goal of 3 workouts per week but someone who works out 4 times a week already should probably up their goal to 5 or 6 days a week. This allows everyone to participate and have an equal shot at winning.

A new addition to Tribe’s fitness competition is a health screening. At the beginning of the 12 weeks we had Megan Hill, an exercise physiologist with A Stronger Workplace, take each participant’s Before Measures of BMI, body fat percentage, flexibility, grip strength, and a few others. She’ll come again at the end of the competition to help us pick a second winner this year – for most improved overall health score.

Many companies implement similar health assessments to help lower insurance costs and overall employee health. A recent article published on Yahoo news said, “One of the largest studies on workplace wellness programs involved 14,555 employees and spanned seven years at PepsiCo. After three years, the program was associated with lower health care costs. After seven years, the savings averaged $360 per employee.”

Wellness programs can be an extremely effective engagement tool and can have even more significant long-term effects. At Tribe we realize wellness is an important aspect of internal brand culture and a great way to build engagement.

Need help engaging employees through wellness? Tribe can help!