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Who Said Cake’s Only for Birthdays?! Shame! Shame!

Company morale matters

Company morale matters more than you might think.

Somewhere along the road of life, the word “work” began collecting some rather unfortunate baggage. As a kid it basically meant, “not playing,” and as grown-ups it got, well…a little more complicated. 

Work can be a passion or a punishment, and finally, science has started paying attention to what we’ve known for years – your work environment matters! One study suggested a direct relationship between happiness in the workplace and increased productivity. So, now all you need is some happiness! 

Easier said than done, especially for more challenging vocations and intrinsically stressful industries.  Luckily, there are always ways to lighten the mood: you just need to think like a kid again!

3 cake worthy celebrations for your corporation

A  pretend study conducted on imaginary kids ages 4 through 12 decisively asserted that cake makes just about any event better. So, here are some perfect occasions to bring some of that youthful sunshine back into the hearts of your crew.

1. Cake day!!! Then again, maybe everyday should be cake day – for the sake of productivity, how about one day a month designated to celebrate your staff, one employee at a time? As an added bonus, they can even decide on the flavor and design – but, all cake and icing aside, the real value is the positive impact on morale individual attention creates.

2. Onboarding. More and more recruiters are emphasizing the importance of a solid onboarding process – and research backs them up. For example, the Academy of Management Journal published a study suggesting that the effects of a positive onboarding experience lasted for at least 90 days. To really make it special? Send a welcome cake to the new hire’s home so the whole family can feel included.

3. Launching a new endeavor. Whether it be a new product, expanded services, or, maybe landing a coveted account –- starting off with a brilliant cake in the room sets the stage for success, and of course, an abundance of smiles! After all, if you’re going to send a ‘thank you’ cake or gift to a new customer, wouldn’t you want to do the same for the team who worked so hard to get you there?

What your cake says about your company

While the gesture of a supermarket cake is sure to endear, a cake that’s customized for the occasion or the employee really goes the extra mile to make your team feel appreciated and a vital part of the business. That inclusiveness means everyone pulls a bit harder for success, which in turn means more occasions to celebrate with cake!

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How to Keep Your Workforce at Their Best

engaged employees

Employee engagement is frighteningly low: here’s what you can do about it.

A recent Gallup report revealed only 31.5% of U.S. employees felt engaged with their job. Sounds bad right? It gets worse – a Harvard Business Review study that included interviews with “12 best-practice company leaders” cited employee engagement as one of the three most important factors in their company’s success.

So, what’s a company gotta do to inspire a little spring in the steps of its workforce?

4 tips for keeping your staff engaged and happy

Check out these ideas on how to inspire a deeper investment from your staff – and show them you care!

1. Recognition. Awards and company wide attention not only add incentive, they establish and reinforce how each employee fits in with the goals of the entire company. How you choose to celebrate really depends on the atmosphere of your company – the idea is to have fun so the happiness and motivation spreads.

2. Set them up to succeed. Gumption is a key ingredient in engagement – when your staff doesn’t have the proper tools, or policies bog down their performance, frustration rises, resentment boils, and care atrophies. Savvy managers make sure their staff has everything they need to do their work properly – and just as importantly, they’re not shy about asking for suggestions.

3. Identify your goals. A recent Leadership IQ study revealed that setting motivational goals increases fulfillment by 75%. So, what’s a “motivational goal”? Think of them as being long-term goals with built-in motivational factors, such as breaking a sales record, or finishing a landmark project. Clear communication of your company ambitions, and how each teammate fits into those plans, expands outlook beyond individual roles – that can help a person understand how they’re contributing, so they know how important their job is.

4. Demonstrate your faith. Have you ever had someone constantly looking over your shoulder to make sure you were doing it right? No matter how humble you might be, after a while, being micro-managed can make you feel incompetent even when dealing with your expertise, which can evolve into something rather miserable: burning, itching resentment! You hired your staff for their competence, so, let them do their jobs! 

How to celebrate your crew

Yes, you worked hard to get where you are. Even if you’ve built your business from the ground up, you certainly didn’t do it completely alone. Your employees are what keep your company not just functioning, but thriving. So don’t assume they know you’re grateful. Invest in their engagement and satisfaction, and they’ll surely return the favor a thousand times over.