In yesterday’s blog, we mentioned that the 2012 Olympic Summer Games will be beginning this week. And, as a result, many sports fans may be a bit more distracted from work than usual. Should business owners be worried? We don’t think so. In fact, we ended our last blog by suggesting that you come up with an Olympics of your own.
“I think that’s a fantastic idea,” mentioned one of our Synergy team members yesterday, “Competition in the office is always fun. Especially if there is an incentive. It may not be a gold medal, but who doesn’t like being acknowledged for a job well done? I think having an ‘Office Olympics’ would be a great way to boost employee morale for any business.”
So, as to not leave you hanging with this idea, we thought that today’s blog could be dedicated to a few ideas for your own Office Olympics. On eHow.com, Shae Hazelton provides some suggestions for games that can be played in the workplace to help boost the morale of all of the workers in your office.
As Hazelton writes, “Group games build camaraderie among employees, which can make work more enjoyable. Pitting groups of employees against each another can build healthy competition as well.” Perhaps, this is why we have so many enthusiastic people on our team, here at Synergy. They just love competition!
Remember, these games can be work-related. And, in fact, the majority of them should be. If you already have an office that is made up of a number of “teams”, then you are already ahead of the game. Create an incentive-laden challenge for these teams to outperform each other. It’s bound to increase productivity, and hopefully be a lot of fun. But what else can you do?
Brainstorm Groups. Hazelton suggests that you “separate employees into groups and give them a work-related task like thinking up methods to increase workplace efficiency. Give your employees time to think of an idea and create an imaginative presentation for their ideas. The group with the best idea gets to see the idea implemented as a reward.”
Okay, I know what you may be thinking. How is that any different from any other day of work? That’s up to you! Perhaps, while the Olympics are taking place, you can award “points” to teams that win certain tasks given out daily. The medals can be handed out to the teams that earn the most points by the end of the Olympic Games on August 12th. Just an idea.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s blog for a few more ideas that will incorporate a bit more physical activity for your Office Olympics.