Ever feel like your office is a battle zone? Where shade and side-eyes are being thrown like grenades, backhanded comments planted like roadside bombs and where laughter seems to be a vague memory?
Well youâ€™re not alone. This 2011 study by researchers at Georgetown University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management found half of employees say they’re treated offensively at least once a week, up from 25% in 1998.
Squashing rude behavior is essential to creating a more productive, positive work environment that all employees deserve. Instead of fighting fire with fire, try to boost your teamâ€™s morale with these team-building strategies and bring a little woo-sah into you and your colleaguesâ€™ workday.
General Colin Powell said it best: â€śOptimism is a force-multiplier.â€ť Whether youâ€™re a supervisor or an office baby, as Chief Morale Officer, itâ€™s your job to keep the optimistic vibes flowing. Find quotes, share a YouTube video, uplifting examples and weave these in to staff meetings, email blasts, or even hang in on your office door or cubicle wall for others to see. It wonâ€™t take more than two minutes of your time, yet it can completely transform the mood of the day.
Mix it up.
Create a friendly competition by getting your department involved in some sort of challenge against organizations such as a softball or kickball tournament. Rekindle office camaraderie by creating a dress code competition such as â€ś80â€™s Dayâ€ť or â€śUgly Sweater Dayâ€ť and then award prizes to the best.
Get out of the office.
Whether itâ€™s for lunch or an off-site meeting, everyone tends to breathe a little easier in a neutral surrounding. A change of atmosphere will reenergize the group and allow everyone to get to know each other in a different light.
What are some ways that you can boost your teamâ€™s morale at work? #SoundOff and follow Jamie on Twitter @JayNHarrison.