If you could make one change……
It was with a large smile on my face that I read the recent article in People Management magazine ‘Fantasy Workplaces – Free cocktails every Friday’ ( People Management – Feb 2016) Among some of the suggestions for how to improve employee experience were;
- A cocktail trolley every Friday.
- A large bunny rabbit to cuddle.
- Nap rooms.
- A boxing ring to solve disputes.
Also within the madness and excitement I saw a variety of actually quite sensible suggestions;
- Holding meetings outside to stimulate creativity and fresh ideas.
- Limiting meetings to 30 minutes in length
- Creating a learning environment for all with art tuition, guitar lessons and a large library and exercise space.
With this in mind I thought I’d reach out to my network of PAYE friends and see what their reactions to this question would be and to be brutally honest I was expecting limited sensible suggestions with an onus on a pay rise and greater flexible working patterns, even with a ‘sack the boss’ thrown in for good measure!
My first friend to reply told me of a company she worked for who provided 10 minute chair massages, once a month for all employees and all expenses paid trips to Barbados for all those who exceeded their targets. Now, we all know that the pre-credit crunch days of hedonism in business are long gone for the majority of us mere mortals. However, I was pleasantly surprised that many more employees buy in to the improvement of their company on a much deeper level – even those who aren’t in HR! We had suggestions of wellbeing options for compulsory training hours (I’ve trialled this and we had great uptake). A meditation and calming room, with pets to cuddle was a fab suggestion beating the problem of leaving your fluffy ones at home all day alone.
This article is a bit of fun but highlights 2 very important things to me:
- The carrot approach to increasing productivity really gets people excited.
- Employees when aroused by an idea are really creative, forward thinking people who do want to improve not only their work lives but the business that they work in also.
Although we won’t be seeing widespread petting zoos in corporate offices maybe we will see an increase in how leaders see the importance of improving employee experience especially as the spread of technology makes us all contactable 24-7-365.
Please do let me know how your organisation improves employee experience. Are there wellbeing zones and quiet rooms out there? I look forward to hearing some fun suggestions also. Namaste!
Thank you for reading – Natalie