Create the best week ever for your entire team with some simple yet effective ideas cultivated from our users. Whether you’re trying to bring your group together or looking for a new way to energize the team these ideas for every day of the week are sure to deliver.
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Monday: Celebrate Successes
Start the week with something every good team needs: recognition of success. Studies show that almost 58% of leaders self-report that “giving more recognition” is the #1 thing they should do more. Why is recognition way more than just some fluffy idea? Nearly 70% of workers report working harder after receiving recognition for a job well done. That’s why.
The idea: Get your team together first thing Monday morning and spend 15 minutes celebrating the successes of the week prior.
Go a step further: Take the recognition quotient up a notch by starting every single morning off with brief moments of recognition. It’s simple and very effective.
Tuesday: Transparency and Trust
Almost a full 25% of American employees don’t trust their leaders. It’s top of the list of core values for inbound marketing company Hubspot and the number one thing it cultivates among employees is trust.
Want proof? Mark Zuckerberg purposefully shares all of Facebook’s details with every one of his 16,000 employees every single Friday. Anyone can attend his weekly or monthly townhall meetings and he even makes them available via video so all can access. What’s most interesting? No one talks about what is shared. That’s because each of Facebook’s employees share in the responsibility to protect the important details of their company. Not just leaders. Employees take ownership of important details of the company because leadership has trusted them with their acts of transparency.
The Idea: During your next executive or senior leadership meeting, make a point to write down key details from that meeting. Where you would have normally not shared the items, choose instead to involve your entire workforce in the summary via email or group event. Make sure preface the email or event with an explanation of why you’re sharing the info or you run the risk of overwhelming the team.
Go a step further: Don’t just begin and end with that one moment of sharing. Find ways to share information and what you would normally consider “secrets” with your entire team on a more regular basis.
Feedback is one of the most vital elements to an employee’s success. If you don’t understand how you can get better or where your areas for improvement are then you’ll find yourself stagnating.
According to Gallup, nearly 80% of millennial employees report wanting feedback on a weekly basis. What does this mean? For one: your yearly reviews are dead. Stop doing them. Secondly, embrace the casual more personal (and frequent) route for feedback.
The Idea: Embrace the most important four words in any leader’s toolbox: How are you doing. That’s right. Start off this Wednesday by asking each of your employee’s ‘How are you doing’ as you stroll through the floor with coffee in hand. Now, if you’re not used to actually walking around and engaging with your employees- expect them to wonder why you’re doing it. But with enough time, your team will come to value and embrace your quest for information.
Take it a step further: Search out a simple yet effective way to solicit feedback from your entire team (oh, and recognize and communicate with them at any time) with some new technology. We have one idea you might check out.
Thursday: Vision & Values
Right now you have a way to align and engage your entire team. And chances are, they’re hanging in plain sight every day for all to see. The problem is, no one cares if no one understands why they’re important. How can you do that? Start by making them more interactive.
The idea: Start this Thursday off by telling a story. Each of your core values have stories behind them. Whether you know it or not, your entire team has lived out your core values in their interactions with your customers every day. The problem is, these stories go widely unnoticed if no one has the chance to tell every one about them.
Go a step further: Start by having your key leaders telling real, heartfelt stories about how they lived out specific core values. Take each core value and have a different leader tell their favorite customer success story and how it directly relates to each core value in front of the entire team (pack some Kleenex, too).
Friday: Have some damn fun
This one isn’t that hard. Work is more fun when you’re having fun. And frankly one of our internal goals at AMPT is to make work “not-suck”.
The idea: Take a Friday to have a simple Pizza Party. This seems a bit cliche but the fact is – people like pizza (and having fun). The more opportunties your team has to jump out of their normal routine and interact with each other is better. Someone upset that they might not “get their work done”? Post the party for all to see so every person has the ability to manage their time effectively. We had one recent client tell us that monthly pizza parties were the most valued part of their culture.
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