You should never lose sight that the driving force behind any company is its employees. Therefore, one of the most crucial areas to work on is employee engagement. The staff should be working to meet various short-term and specific objectives that feed into the overall goals and targets of the company. Humans thrive on achievement and recognition, so never forget to take the time to allow your subordinates to experience this.
Many companies have a tradition of celebrating their staff members at the end of each year, but who says you must wait to do this? Virtual team bonding comes in more forms than playing games and doing fun activities with each other over a distance. Having Easter office activities dedicated to the practice of recognition is a fundamental way to approach building a productive team.
The Easter team-building activities below help to bring that extra motivation, which is a very positive outcome for staff morale. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from this, but small business team building can arguably see the greatest benefits. Without the complex hierarchical structure that most medium to large businesses may have, these foster a more personal and direct relationship between the owner, management, and all the employees. Now it's time to dive into the fun stuff!
Making the staff complement feel like its efforts are not going unnoticed doesn't always have to cost anything. Companies often subscribe to the belief that any event related to staff recognition must be a huge production. While that's fine for your end-of-year festivities, Easter team building activities don't need to follow the same road map. You could even argue that it's even easier to pull off a cost-effective event in a remote context.
All your team members need is an internet connection and access to whatever virtual meeting platform you may be using to have the virtual session. The first idea here is to conduct praise sessions. You can choose whether these are isolated events for Easter office activities, or they are integrated with another event type that your company may be conducting.
The point of the proceeding is nothing less or nothing more than it sounds like. It's a session exclusively dedicated to highlighting the positive attributes of all staff members and the commendable and sometimes heroic actions that they may take. There is no overestimating the value that praise can have, and this virtual idea can be just as effective as other ways to celebrate Easter in an office context.
If you want to incentivize things, the company could consider awarding a prize to the staff member who has received the most praise from peers and the management team. Rewards could include an ergonomic office chair or home office standing desk.
Celebrating Easter office activities with the staff members does not necessarily always need to feel like a formal event. Sometimes all your team needs to build morale is to feel like a cohesive unit. Working in a remote context can lead to feelings of isolation, which can have negative mental effects. Unfortunately, productivity tends to suffer soon after. As a manager, you often need to reach out to those you manage to keep their mental health in check as much as you can.
However, some casual activities can help you in that regard. All a team member is required to do is to participate in what could be an incredibly fun experience with the rest of the fold. Set up a movie night and purchase a movie to stream virtually for all the subordinates. Encourage them to get their refreshments beforehand, so it can feel like a real movie production. If you want to double down on that, you can set up previews, an intermission, and whatever else may occur in a traditional cinema setting.
After the movie has ended, feel free to foster a mini discussion session that is purely social. While you don't want to cross the line of respect, try to keep the office formalities to a minimum and allow your subordinates to be themselves as much as they can with each other. From a human perspective, feeling like you have a safe space where you can just be yourself is one of the best ways to feel celebrated.
Have you ever heard the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” How do you feel about bringing that concept to life and flattering your team members a bit? You're going to need a couple of employees to help you to pull this one off. The idea is to think of flattering and entertaining traits that various members of the team may have. This is where the acting skill comes into play.
Those who decide to help you are required to act as their fellow team members. The performances need to be as convincing as possible, so everyone watching can guess who is being imitated. You can choose whether you want to pre record the skits or if you want to have them done live. Doing the latter is likely going to lead to a more exciting experience since those acting “read the room” and make any adjustments that may be necessary.
Remember that this is about your staff members feeling as celebrated as possible. Therefore, choosing to imitate those non-flattering tendencies and embarrassing feats is going to achieve the opposite effect. This is one of those areas where you must step in as a manager. Sometimes, employees may feel the need to “hit below the belt.” Therefore, you need to establish the standard from the onset, so people know that no such behavior is going to be tolerated. Pull this off well, and you have an entertaining and celebratory event for Easter office activities on your hands.
You're going to have some logistic considerations on your hand to pull this one off in a virtual context. However, the announcement of the prizes and what they may be for should be done for the whole team to bear witness to in a team session. Providing fulfilling tangible and intangible rewards in Easter office activities is one of the most proven ways to foster job enrichment and employee motivation. Whether you're going for big prizes, such as an Autonomous Kinn Chair, or smaller items, your subordinates are always going to feel like their contributions matter when rewards are a part of the picture.
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