As the owner of a company dedicated to boosting morale and injecting fun into the workplace, I am uniquely aware of the issue and challenges which managers face when it comes to keeping staff happy. The amazing TrivWorks team is comprised of an extremely dedicated, hard-working core group of individuals, who’s tireless work crafting trivia questions and staffing our corporate team building events in NYC and elsewhere has been incredibly valuable to strengthening and building our company.
Yet still, our team is a team like any other, made up of smart people who wish to be recognized, rewarded and motivated – and as “the boss,” the onus is on me to recognize and respond to these need.
If I were to approach my own company the way I would yours, I would see a group of people brought together by a mix of shared passions: trivia; gaming; competition; humor; a desire to see work be a more enjoyable experience. In a word, this particular group is unified by a love of having fun. So what do you do to energize and motivate a group of people who love to have fun?
Why, make sure that their own work is fun, of course!
Granted, our work is a bit unique in that our entire focus is on ensuring that others have a good time. However, I have always been a firm believer that the workplace can and should be fun, and so that is the culture I have aimed to foster with my own team. This is a naturally social group, so I encourage them to be who they are, mingling and joking with the audience as they collect and score answer sheets. I encourage creativity among our staff as well, and am constantly seeking their input and guidance on creating trivia questions and other creative aspects of our events. The dress code is relaxed, yet professional since strict dress codes hurt workplace morale.
Because the power of trust is so effective in boosting morale and loyalty, I try to be as hands-off as I can during our events, and let the team do what they do best. While I am always on-hand to weigh in and make a call, by and large each individual team member has the power to make their own decisions with regards to all aspects of our trivia team building activities: which answers should be accepted or rejected, which team should win a prize for demonstrating the most pride, what do in case of a scoring challenge etc.
Of course, it’s also always a great idea to surprise the team with something as well – I recently had a special TrivWorks onesie made for my baby daughter, and brought her to one of our recent large-scale events – even our always-cheerful “Special Host” Pat Kiernan got a kick out of it!
With a staff who are constantly surrounded by others enjoying a team building event, it’s more important than ever that I send the message to my own team that their efforts are appreciated, their work valued, and that I will bend over backwards to ensure that their experience working with me is enjoyable, satisfying and rewarding.
Do you own a corporate team building company in NYC or elsewhere? How do you ensure that you practice what you preach when it comes to your own staff? Please share your thoughts/observations below!