3 Fun Methods for Improving Morale in the Workplace – ShoeMoney

It’s Monday in December. The sky is grey and pregnant ready to birth winter. Your employees look like dead walkers ready to shamble over the wall into Westeros. You feel their anguish and wish you could do something about their drab existence. But you head back into your office, shut the door, and open your web browser. There appears this Shoemoney blog. You don’t remember opening this blog before you left on Friday. Did someone break in and use your computer? No matter, you start reading the article on the screen. You quickly realize it’s about how to improve morale in the workplace. Your puffy eyes perk up and you keep reading. 1. Percolate Their Mornings My wife is a veterinarian. Her coworkers are mostly country folk who don’t care about the flavor of their coffee. But her assistants and staff are Millenials. They do care about their coffee. Day-old […]

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In Today’s Tight Labor Market, You Can’t Afford to Have Unhappy Employees

Here are three ways to attract and keep happy small-business employees. November 15, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Amid all the ups and downs, sweat and tears, entrepreneurs find great happiness in their work. After all, they are often pursuing a passion or dream and finding personal fulfillment in their work. But, does this happiness carry over to their employees? Related: Basecamp Co-Founder and CEO Jason Fried Explains How to Make Work Less Crazy To gain a better understanding of employee perceptions about working for small businesses, the 2018 Aflac Small Business Happiness Report surveyed 1,000 U.S. small-business employees on their overall satisfaction and happiness at work. The results revealed 91 percent of small-business employees feel satisfied working at a small business. Another 87 percent say they prefer the small business employment experience to the large business experience. While this is good news for […]

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Revive the Fire In Your Office and in Your Employees

Transparency is key. November 13, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Your employees are your company’s most important resource, so you hire people who fit your company culture and are productive and efficient. However, at some point, your managers and/or your employees are not going to feel motivated. You feel like you’ve lost the spirit and passion to keep your company productive. There are simple ways to revive the fire in your office and your employees. Here are three ways to motivate your employees to become more productive and love what they do. Related: What Motivates You to Work? 1. Pleasant office environment. Make sure your office is as pleasant and welcoming as possible. “A good number of employees could get distracted by a negative office environment,” says blogger Michael Zhou. Work stations should be well lit and ventilated. Employees should have comfortable furniture, […]

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Why I Asked My Team to Stop Eating Lunch at Their Desks

We think we’re being efficient by multitasking during lunch, but there are downsides to forgoing a break. June 20, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Several months ago, I made an announcement to my company in our Friday all-staff team meeting. I asked people to not eat lunch at their desk for the following week. Not only that, I presented them with what I called the MACLunch strategy. Instead of eating lunch in front of their computer, they had to do the following: Movement: Get out of the office and walk for 10 minutes. Autonomy: Decide for themselves when and where they take their break. Connection: Spend at least a portion of their lunch with another person (preferably someone whose company they enjoy). Related: Why You Should Start Taking a Proper Lunch Break I knew this was going to be a challenge. At Inventium (the innovation consultancy […]

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The Secret to Employee Happiness — Revealed

Make your office a place employees enjoy going to each day. And, yes, this is easier than it sounds. April 19, 2018 6 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. People often confuse happiness and wellness as being one and the same. But while both are essential to the employee experience, they’re far from synonymous. Rather, employee happiness is a wellness factor: By focusing on happiness just as they would physical and mental health, employers have the power to enhance well-being initiatives. Related: 7 Tips to Increase Employee Happiness and Productivity Still, as good as that may sound, the question still remains: Exactly how do you encourage employee happiness? Happiness, after all, is a vague goal; but it’s a goal that can be achieved when leaders attend […]

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The Best Way to do Employee Appreciation Day Is More Than Once a Year

Use the day as a springboard for ongoing kudos. March 1, 2018 4 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employee Appreciation Day was created in 1995 by Dr. Bob Nelson as a way for companies to encourage conversation about daily recognition, not just an annual occasion for HR to provide doughnuts for the team. Employee Appreciation Day falls on the first Friday of March. This year it will be on March 2. At O.C. Tanner, we recently asked just under 1,000 workers across the country about their experiences with Employee Appreciation Day. While 44 percent thought it was “extremely or very important” to recognize Employee Appreciation Day, only 8 percent knew when it was observed. Only 10 percent said that their current place […]

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