Throughout my career, I’ve been a driving force behind employee relation initiatives in various organizations. I value a company that has a vibrant office culture promoting hard work and hard play. Recently, my company has had a team-building activity at an “escape room,” and we’ve organized other activities such as pottery painting, bowling and pool tournaments. Although these all seem like “fun” outings, they provide a unique look into the skill sets of your peers, and also build a sense of community and culture within your organization.
Why the Fun Matters
Employee relation activities and tactics make both the employee and the employer feel good about their position, their team and the organization as a whole. Many activities promote team-building exercises, which foster collaboration and teamwork throughout the company. Likewise, various outings can provide a glimpse into someone’s personality, and seeing them thrive outside of their normal office roles can shift your paradigm on what they’re capable of in their position.
Furthermore, employee relation activities are key in developing a close-knit team who enjoys working together and spending time together. These relationships are vital in the workplace when it takes the entire team to reach a common goal. Employees don’t want to feel like a number or as if they’re lost in the shuffle. By having monthly or quarterly functions, such as a Pay Day Potluck, you can bring your team together and make the office have a special and unique feel.
How to Implement these Findings in the Workplace
From these employee outings, we are able to use these insights to our advantage and take these skill sets into account when building projects or objectives. We may notice one team member is more adept at problem-solving, while another team member is better at building a strategic plan. Some may be more extroverted while others are more introverted – characteristics that are important to know when implementing projects or setting goals.
I’ve always treated my colleagues and employees the way I wish to be treated, and having employee outings and enhancing your employee relations initiatives are ways to build on this philosophy. In turn, your team will be more cohesive and better understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, leading to long-term success for the individuals and the organization overall.
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