When it comes to the business world, it can seem like an eternal slog, having to be so serious all the time. This is so that your company can make money, but it also has the unintended effect of decreasing morale and, therefore, productivity. It’s a self defeating ideology, basically. On top of work often being moralizing anyway, you’re deliberately adding more stress to the pile for the sake of the almighty dollar, and that’s not good for anybody. So, it’s time to rethink your business strategy. Here are some tips to guide you along.
First and foremost, make the work space, itself, more inviting. This can mean any number of things, but the underlying method to the madness is to simply redecorate to create a less stuffy and overly serious environment. There are endless ways to accomplish this. For example, kitschy and humorous motivational posters can be a great way to boost morale, as long as everyone is in on the joke. You could also employ other kitschy items like bobbleheads and hula girls. Really, anything kitsch will do. You could even get one of those cute cat clocks whose eyes shift back and forth and wags its tail in time with the tick tock of each second. The4 good news is you can get most of this stuff at a retailer like Hudson’s Bay for cheap.
Another way to increase morale is to try something akin to casual fridays, but something novel. Maybe encourage your employees to wear wacky ties one day a week and give a small prize to the wackiest tie. Little things like this go a long way to helping your employees stay sane in a serious and high stakes professional environment, and that makes you more money in the end.