At The Bagg Group, we know that giving your employees a high-five can make all the difference
It’s been more than a month since the Vancouver Olympics, but the cheering that took place in offices during the Games doesn’t have to stop.
During the Winter Games, our clients across the GTA saw employees interact in new, more positive ways. Staff from different departments who rarely exchanged two words found common ground. Cheers rang out office-wide when Canadians won medals. Team spirit was high, and so was morale.
In fact, the Winter Games were terrific for team-building in the workplace. But like all team-building activities, the real challenge is to ensure the bonding continues long after the exercise ends.
At The Bagg Group, our staffing solution experts talk to candidates every day who say they want to feel connected to their workplace, to be part of a community. That’s why when there’s not an outside event to bring people together, our recruiters suggest creating one.
Here are two tips that our clients have implemented with great success over the years.
Get a company team together to participate in a fun-run: Spring heralds the beginning of fundraising marathons, and now is the time to get organized and to get staff in shape and training. As the Olympics proved, nothing brings people closer together than a physical challenge.
Launch a Spring into Shape challenge: Volumes of study prove that physical fitness improves productivity and morale. Keep Olympic medal fever alive by setting up awards for employees who meet measurable, attainable physical fitness goals — like getting to the gym regularly for one month — and who buddy up to help colleagues meet their goals.
An article entitled Finding the Right Fit that appears on the Canadian Bar Association’s website examines how some law firms are rewarding employees for getting into shape. At one firm, staff voluntarily record their runs, yoga classes, power-walks, etc. on a special card, in exchange for points that lead to prizes.
The most important reward, however, is nothing more complicated than a high-five. And that’s been confirmed by a recent University of California study that shows the best teams in the National Basketball Association — the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers — recorded the most high-fives and slaps-on-the-back among team-mates.
The researchers conclude that acceptable physical contact, like a high-five, reduces stress and increases good feelings.
It’s been great cheering on our country’s best athletes, and now it’s time to cheer on each other for any and every professional and personal accomplishment.