Successful company managers will proudly share their tried-and-true methods for ‘keeping the team engaged.’ From hiring the right person for the right job, to sharing their own success, to offering incentives and rewards for innovation, the lists at the end of this blog show the variety of ways to keep your team engaged. You’ll also learn why this investment is vital on your journey to startup success. One item you’ll find on all of these lists? “Have fun!”
The team at Telegraph Creative, a digital agency in Birmingham, Alabama, does just that. Their weekly engagement activity is not only fun, but delicious! Introducing: Sushi Tuesday. You read that right. Every Tuesday several of the team members come to the lunch room and make sushi.
The day takes off when the VP of Strategy, Mark Jamroz, makes the rice in a rice cooker. He boasts, “You can work at your desk while you are making consistently perfect rice, every time!” Meanwhile, the team contributes a variety of interesting ingredients for Tuesday’s offerings, including anything from veggies to leftover salmon to bacon. Yes! Last week was BLT sushi!
According to Jamroz, it started out when one employee brought in the rice cooker because he was trying a new diet. Then a couple employees experimented with making sushi. It evolved organically, and now several employees participate every week.
“It’s a different group each Tuesday,” Jamroz explains, depending on schedules. “But it’s become a tradition, and they love it because of the concoctions they come up with, the sharing, and the discussion.” Jamroz says that it’s an opportunity to ‘really’ communicate. Not trivial chit chat, and not necessarily shop talk, but he leads more meaningful and deeper discussions.
“It’s an opportunity to literally incorporate the ingredients.” And he grins at the pun.
Weekly happy hours are nice, and the occasional birthday cake is good, too. But maybe it’s time to think inside the box: what do your employees like to do? To eat? To talk about? Ask them, and find out what stimulates and motivates them, and see if this can be incorporated into a group activity.
Maybe there is a charity your group would like to adopt? Maybe it’s time to clean up a side yard at your building and install a basketball hoop. Maybe once a week you spring for a massage therapist to offer chair massages. Maybe you make sushi. The possibilities are endless, and while it is only one of many things managers can do to engage their employees, it is the one that is, well, the most fun!
We’d love to hear what your team does to have fun, share a laugh, and feel motivated and excited to give the company their all. Tell us about your continued journey to start up success!
Finally, here are several sites listing an array of things managers do to keep their team engaged.
- Five Great Out-Of-The-Box Ways to Engage Your Employees
- 49 employee Engagement Ideas (The Ultimate Cheat Sheet Your Team Will Love)
- How to Keep Your Team Motivated
- 59 Employee Engagement Ideas You Need to Know About
- 6 Things Wise Leaders Do to Engage Their Employees