We often set ourselves resolutions at the start of the New Year – some of us fail and some are still going strong, but as personal resolutions fade, we have put together three ideas to help improve office life.
1. Better conversations, less meetings
Formal meetings on a Friday and a Monday should be banned. Instead consider informal lunches and chats over coffee on these days. Oxford Think Tank Career Innovations research identifies that closing the “Conversation Gap” can help organisations build trust, increase employee engagement and retain talented people more effectively.
2. Find a new seat
Offices are often laid out in functional groups, which can work from a departmental perspective, but by allowing people to sit with people from other functional areas, employees will overhear more about the whole business. Communication tends to break down outside our usual teams, whereas this mix of employees will help improve interaction and exchange of ideas.
3. Have fun, play games
Throughout school we were taught to separate class time and play time, but in the workplace the two needn’t be separated. In fact, there are advantages that stimulate creativity, build relationships among employees and promote a sense of belonging and membership. Opinions on what sorts of games should be played in the workplace differ, but generating ideas, attempting a difficult task and measuring performance can all be forms of “play” too.
These New Year’s resolutions for your office can help breakdown boundaries and make work more fun. There’s a good chance that you will see an improvement in performance too.
For help or advice with your office throughout 2015, contact us at Team Building London today.