Think about how you feel when you go into work each day. As the manager, how is your attitude? Do you feel like every day is a fun challenge that you look forward to tackling? Or do you dread going in at all because of how bored you’ll be? If you’re like most other people in management, you’re firmly in the former class. You love your job. That’s why you’re there! However, for some of your rank and file employees, that might not be the case at all. Out there on the office floor, you might have a bunch of employees who are practically bored to death.
Bored employees aren’t productive ones. They’ll end up turning in substandard work that isn’t going to pass your quality standards. What can you do? Your job, in part, is to make sure that employees are satisfied with their jobs. You’ve got to make it a little bit more fun for them! In this handy guide, we’re going to give you a number of fun ideas you can use to make things more interesting for your employees. Your office will be a better place to work soon enough!
Tell Wacky Jokes to Get Some Laughs
Laughter is the best medicine, and the best way to give your staff a heaping spoonful of that stuff is so tell them some jokes. Go on down to your library and check out a big volume of good, clean jokes. Family friendly humor is sure to go over well with all of your colleagues. Memorize a few of your favorite knee slappers and then take a walk around the office. Tell jokes to random employees. They’ll love it!
Have Conversations With Staff About Their Lives
Your staff wants to feel like you actually care about them as a boss. They don’t want to feel like you just view them as replaceable parts in a machine. Instead, they want to feel like they have some value. To give them that sense of belonging and importance, try to take with them one on one. Ask how they’re doing and find out what’s going on in their lives. Getting to know your employees better this way will make everyone a lot happier. You’ll get a reputation as a kind, caring place to work.
Randomly Give Out Prizes Like a Game Show Host
Why not jazz up the day with a little bit of excitement? Go to a party store and buy some trinkets and little prizes that you think your staff would love to receive. Throughout the day, make a big deal out of giving one of these small prizes out to an employee who you found doing a stand out job. By recognizing those who go above and beyond the call of duty, you’ll be able to boost the morale of the entire staff! Everyone will want to be the recipient of one of your prizes, so they’ll work even harder than before.
Rent a Costume and Surprise Your Staff
What could be more fun on a Friday afternoon than surprising your coworkers by dressing up as a big chicken? Renting a costume and coming into the office unannounced is an excellent way to generate some spontaneous morale. People will be so surprised and shocked to see their boss in a chicken suit that they won’t know what to do. That’s exactly what you’re aiming for! You might not be able to do this every week, but even doing it once will have a memorable impact on your employees. They’ll see you as just another one of the guys after this stunt!
Layoffs are stressful for everyone involved. However, how you lay someone off can be the difference between calm and chaos. No one wants to get laid off, but how you deliver the bad news can at least make a person feel like they were appreciated and worthy while they worked for you. Learning what to say and how to say it, can make laying someone less painful for everyone involved.
Always Make It One On One Conversation
The absolute worst thing you can do when laying off an employee is by gathering a bunch of people in a group, and then telling them that they no longer have a job. Doing so well show those former employees that you never cared about them at all, and that they were nothing more to you than a body performing an assigned duty. When you lay someone off in a group, it shows that your company has no sincerity, no tact, and no value for its employees. Word of mouth of how your company laid off its employees without showing a bit of compassion, and soon business will begin to slow. Society generally does not care for companies who treat their employees (and their customers) like second-class citizens.
Sometimes layoffs are unavoidable. When this is the case, it is always best practice to speak to each employee one by one. Even if this means that you have to be away from your desk for several hours, so be it. If you cannot afford to be away from your desk for too long, enlist the assistance of other managers or people of authority who have been properly trained to deal with laying someone off. Do not waste too much time before explaining to them why you’re speaking to them. The longer you beat around the bush, the more anxious they will become. Choose your words carefully, and prepare yourself for several different reactions.
Give Them a Detailed Explanation for Why They’re Getting Laid Off
When you have to lay someone off, give him or her a detailed explanation for why they’re being laid off. Don’t simply tell them something like, “You’re job has been cancelled due to budget cuts.” It makes them feel like they weren’t as valuable as other employees. Instead, explain to them what the reasoning was for laying them off. You should also make sure that you ensure them how well of a worker they were, and that they layoff of is not a measure of how well they performed their job. If other people have been laid off, it is worth mentioning. You do not have to tell who the other people are, but it will make your former employee feel better knowing that they weren’t the only person to get laid off.
After you have explained why they are being laid off, and why you believe that they are still a great worker, you should notify them that you are keeping their application on file in case positions open up again. Some people may appreciate this others may never want to work for you again. Be patient and understanding. Be prepared for lots of questions. Let candidates know that you can’t share information about other employees (former or otherwise) if they ask. You may also want to consider having a box of tissues with you, as well as a cell phone in case you need to call security. Even if you believe that your company may never have to lay anyone off, it’s always best to prepare yourself for the worse.