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5 Ways to Boost Workplace Culture with Office Benefits
on June 6, 2019
on June 6, 2019
You know the phrase “be the change you want to see in the world”? I like to tweak it when thinking about my office, by saying: “Create the culture you want to see in the office.” It’s cheesy, but it works.
You see, office culture can make a big difference to morale and work life. And one way to boost your workplace culture and customer service is to offer some cool benefits. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some ideas from the Brokers International office that you can use in your own office:
1. Free Food
One way to show your office how much you appreciate them is to order in breakfast or lunch. Schedule it out, so they know it’s coming and can prepare. You can even ask your office what kind of food they’d like, or where they’d like it from. A free meal can go a long way to improve your workplace morale.
Another free food benefit to consider is some sort of free snack that’s always accessible, no matter the time or day. For example, this could be always having fresh fruit available for your employees or clients. Or, if you want to go the less-healthy route, have bags of chips, crackers, or even cookies.
2. Dog Days
Have a dog? Or have someone in your office that has a dog? Consider bringing them in and starting a weekly or bi-monthly dog day! This is a simple way to lighten the mood in your office, and, who knows, it may even turn into having a full-time office dog. There’s no harm in that (as long as no one is allergic). In fact, research reveals that human-animal interactions, specifically with dogs, leads to lower stress levels and healthy aging.1
3. Family Days
Obviously, going to work means leaving your family. But it doesn’t have to always be that way. People want to belong somewhere, and work is a great place to do that. But here’s the problem: only 53 percent of employees feel like they belong at their work.2 One way to get to know everyone in the office better, and meet their family, is to host a family day (or several). You can keep it as simple as you’d like. You can have them all come to the office, or you can meet somewhere, like a ball park or a restaurant. This is a small way to show that you care for your employees, their families, and a work-life balance, and it can help employees feel a sense of belonging.
This same concept can also be applied to your clients. Consider hosting a client appreciation party, where they can bring their family with them.
People want to belong somewhere, and work is a great place to do that.
4. Random Events
Sometimes the best kind of office parties are the unconventional ones. Random events can be just as effective as well-planned ones. This could be holiday celebrations (like Cinco de Mayo), national day events (like National Cookie Day), or even just a monthly party. It doesn’t have to be grand or fancy. Just doing something is better than nothing, and small, but regular events like this can boost your workplace culture over time.
One thing that I’ve made sure to do is participate in these kinds of events. For example, recently, I made grilled cheese sandwiches for everyone. Another time, I flipped pancakes and served them to all of our employees. I think that makes a big difference.
Just doing something is better than nothing, and small, but regular events like this can boost your workplace culture over time.
5. Happy Hour
It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Happy hours may be the key to improving employee morale in a hurry. And, if you want to continue to put your employees in a good mood, make it a monthly thing. Provide the beer, wine, and soda, and encourage everyone in the office to take a break from their work and grab a drink. They deserve it.
These definitely aren’t the only ways to improve your culture with office benefits, but they’re pretty simple to implement and can pay off in the short and long run. At the end of the day, the people in your office matter, and how you treat them matters even more. So, treat them right, and they’ll reward you by doing great work.
1. National Poll on Healthy Aging. “How Pets Contribute to Healthy Aging.” University of Michigan. Apr. 3, 2019. https://www.healthyagingpoll.org/report/how-pets-contribute-healthy-aging
2. O.C. Tanner. “Connect to a purpose, success, and each other.” 2017. https://www.octanner.com/insights/articles/2018/9/14/connection_to_purpos.html
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