Businesses are always looking for new ways to boost staff morale, improve productivity and attract the best candidates. Whilst there are many cost benefits packages available, we thought we would share with you some of the most cost-effective, minimal effort initiatives that can have a dramatic positive impact.
1. Dress for your Day
Employers should think carefully about what they are trying to achieve from their dress code and whether it is even necessary at all! Allowing your employees to decide could improve creativity and productivity whilst still maintaining a professional company image. If you don’t want to commit to a full policy change, why not ease yourself in with a dress down Friday or maybe even a dress-up day to add in the fun factor.
2. Flexible working
This is an obvious one and a concept which is becoming ever more prevalent and expected from the next generation of workers. Flexible working could include anything from the variable start and finish times, to split shifts or home working. You could set staff a minimum number of productive hours a day and allow them to complete the hours when they choose or set some parameters such as starting anytime between 8 am and 10 am and finishing anytime between 4 pm and 6 pm, provided that the hours are met. We’ve even seen the successful implementation of condensed hours which allow staff to have alternative Fridays off or early finishes each week. Whatever option you choose, you can easily monitor productivity by regular contact and supervision with staff. Flexible working is something all companies will have to embrace in one way or another so start experimenting now to see what will work for your company, increasing productivity whilst attracting better candidates looking for an improved work-life balance.
3. Fruit Fridays
Promote healthy eating in your workplace with some free fruit! Whilst this one may not be the cheapest option depending on how many staff you have, it will allow your staff to try new fruits, develop good eating habits and satisfy a sweet tooth. Support your local market and grab yourself some bargains.
4. Email Curfews
Many of us are guilty of checking our emails at all hours. Not only do our customers come to expect an instant response, we often tend to copy in other colleagues, forward emails or pass on tasks outside of working hours. Encourage your staff to clawback their family time, enjoy their weekends and lower their stress levels with an email curfew, setting clear rules on when emails are allowed to be sent. A customer or client will understand an email ban after 7 pm and at weekends if they are receiving good service within working hours.
5. Lunchtime walks
Encourage staff to explore the local area and leave their desks at lunchtime by arranging a planned lunchtime stroll. Fresh air is great for our mental wellbeing and it may encourage staff to mix with other departments.
6. Meetings outside of the office
Why should your meetings always be in the same old board and meeting rooms? Why not try out local cafes or restaurants or even have a walking meeting. Staff will be more engaged and inclined to attend a meeting outside of work.
7. Massage treatments
Many workplaces now have a mobile massage or beauty therapist visit the place of work on a regular basis to offer treatments. The treatments could be in lunch hours or taken as a break and you can also decide whether staff pay for the treatments or you meet some or all of the cost. This is a great way for staff to unwind and for you to give a little bit back. Here at Bhayani Law, we have a lovely lady who visits to do our nails!
9. Praise Nominations
Encourage staff to nominate other employees for things they have done well and deserved recognition for. Often employees complain that they do not receive praise or recognition. The nominations can be read out at a monthly meeting or sent round via email. It’s a small gesture which could go a long way.
10. Buddy System
Allocating staff a senior mentor or buddy will not only help with staff development but also provide support and guidance. This is especially useful for new starters as part of the induction process.
These are just a few ways in which you can start to work on your company culture for minimal cost and effort. You don’t need to implement grand expensive schemes to start improving your company culture.
If you would like to discuss the implementation of any of the above ideas or want to discuss a more formal scheme or long-term plan, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced HR team. We can help you improve your culture and in turn improve staff engagement, productivity and reduce staff turnover.