Boosting Morale & Keeping Employees Engaged

10 Simple Ways to Say Thanks

Whether you manage a team of 3 or 300, you know how difficult it can be to keep people engaged. Keeping morale high is always a challenge, especially when budgets are tight.

If you want to keep your best employees onboard and keep them engaged, you need to be a bit creative. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to thank the members of your team without breaking the bank.

Here are 10 low cost but highly effective ways to thank your team for a job well done.

1. Say Thank You
The value of a heartfelt thank you cannot be overstated, so do not be afraid to tell your best performers when they have done a great job.

2. Company Swag
Everyone loves swag, so hand out some corporate goodies to say thank you. From hats and shirts to mouse pads and whatever else you have in the storage cupboard.

3. Pizza Party
Food is always a powerful motivator, and who doesn’t love pizza? Just ask everyone for their favourites, call in an order to your local pizza place and let your staff have a great time destroying a meatlovers.

4. Get Outdoors
Get some fresh air and spend time outside the office which can be lots of fun, especially if you are still getting paid. Say thanks for a job well done with a day at the local park, a tour of a nearby brewery or a fun morning with some group exercise.

5. Bake Day
Everyone loves to bake so put your office culinary skills to work and create a fun team bake day where everyone brings in a fresh tray of brownies or some cookies with a small prize for first place.

6. Handwritten Notes
In this age of email and instant messaging, a handwritten note says so much. Rewarding employees with a handwritten message will make them – and you – feel great.

7. Staff Breakfast
A hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day so why not cook breakfast for them? It is a great way to show your appreciation and start the day with a belly full of bacon, eggs and whatever else floats your boat.

8. Give a Personalised Gift
For the employee who consistently goes above and beyond, the gift of a favourite bottle of wine or small gift. Just look for something personal, practical and meaningful.

9. Free Day Off
If you have the ability, reward the team with a free day off.  Everyone loves time off, and the hours away could make your staff even more productive.

10. Friday Fun Day
Invite everyone to dress casually every Friday, or let them show off their team spirit with jerseys and other athletic wear. You can also let individuals plan the office playlist each and every Friday for a bit of fun.

Money is not the only way to keep your team motivated. With a little bit of creativity and some simple ideas, you can boost employee morale, reward your best performers and thank everyone for a job well done.

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The 5 Vital Components of Teamwork and Cooperation

From the military to the world of business to the insanity that is politics, teamwork and cooperation are essential to success. No one, no matter how talented, gets to the top entirely on their own, and top performers are quick to point out the advantages they enjoyed along the way and the influence mentors have had in their lives.

In the business world, you cannot overstate the importance of teamwork and cooperation. Without cooperation and a sense of community, virtually nothing of consequence can happen.

Fostering a corporate culture that values teamwork and cooperation is easier said than done, but understanding the vital components of collaboration is an excellent place to start. Here are the five essential elements of teamwork and cooperation, and how you can begin to use them in your own business.

1. Trust
It is impossible to build a cohesive team if the individual team members do not trust one another. Without trust, there can be no cooperation, so fostering that faith is the first step toward building solid teams, and it is perhaps the most vital of the five components of teamwork and collaboration.

There is no one way to foster trust and cooperation, and there is no silver bullet that will work for everyone. The methods used to build confidence in a startup will be much different than those needed to rebuild trust in an older firm with a history of poor management and miscommunication.

Building trust can be hard, but it is a vital first step. Until your team members can trust one another, nothing else you do is likely to be effective.

2. Communication
Communication is another vital pillar of teamwork and cooperation, and another thing that can be difficult to foster. Keeping the lines of communication open requires the buy-in of everyone in the company, from the executives in the corner offices to the customer service reps answering the phones.

Executives can set the tone for an open and communicative workforce by maintaining an open-door policy. This strategy breaks down the walls between those in charge and the workers on the floor, but it only works if the executives are committed to the policy. Once those walls break down, you will see a positive change in your team, and you can move forward toward a better and more supportive workplace.

3. The Freedom to Be Creative
You never know when creativity will strike, or what form it will take. That is why giving workers the freedom to innovate and be creative is so important. There is a reason creativity is a central pillar of teamwork and cooperation.

Some people are more naturally creative than others, but everyone has some level of creativity. Unfortunately, many workers feel stifled in their creativity, afraid to try new things and risk failure. Giving your employees the freedom to be creative, and even the freedom to fail, can unlock their talents and help you build a cohesive and talented team.

4. Adaptability
The only thing sure in life is change, and that makes adaptability a vital skill. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and take on new challenges is also an essential component of teamwork and cooperation, and this talent is more critical than ever.

The business world is moving so fast that many old-line businesses are finding themselves left behind. If those firms had successfully fostered adaptability in their management teams, they might have survived the onslaught.

5. Diversification of Talents
Everyone is great at something, but no one is great at everything. Recognising that truth is a vital stepping stone toward building a cooperative corporate culture, one where every member of the team works to the best of their abilities and all of their capabilities combine into one cohesive whole.

Even the smallest of companies contains a vast store of experience and a wide range of competencies. Teamwork and cooperation are all about harnessing those talents.

There are many ways to utilise the talents that already exist in your company. Scanning resumes, either electronically or by hand, is a great way to uncover skills of which you may not have been aware. Breaking workers up into teams and having them work through complex problems can also bring these hidden talents to light. No matter how you do it, making use of the diversification of abilities in your workforce is a great way to foster teamwork and reward cooperation.

Building a stable and cohesive team has never been more critical, or more challenging to do. Whether you are running a brand new startup or trying to turn around a business that has fallen behind, understanding the challenges of team building and cooperation can give you a competitive edge and help you succeed.

Coworking Space Here Launches

Here | Pyrmont, Sydney

WHAT IS ‘HERE’?
Here is a unique share space concept, designed to grow a collaborative culture, specifically between creative and tech companies.

Here have challenged the industry norm of treating tenants like battery hens in favour of a ‘free-range’ approach to opening up Sydney’s most beautiful studio space, allowing creativity and creative thinking to flourish.

WHERE IS ‘HERE’?
The studio is located at 9 Harris St Pyrmont in the former CSR sugar mill, one of the last remaining heritage warehouse buildings on the harbour front in Sydney. Occupying the entire main floor of the building, the studio has glass curtain walling to the north elevation, offering stunning harbour views and filling the space with natural light.

Just metres from the water with access to cafés and restaurants and adjacent to Pyrmont Park, the location offers an excellent opportunity for members to enjoy the continuous water front pathways and open park spaces from Darling Harbour to Pyrmont Bridge.

HOW CAN I BE ‘HERE’?

‘Here’ are currently at 65% capacity prior to launch, taking early bird applications and waiting list requests.

Contact hello@herecoworking.com for more details.

Cheerleading World Championships!

Hitting Zero

Be a part of the 2017 Cheerleading World Championships with Josephine Croft; one of Hidden Door’s Melbourne events team as she chases international success.

This web series documentary will give supporters and the community an insight in to what it takes to train for the USASF Cheerleading Worlds Championship in an International Open, Co-ed, level 6 (IOC6) team.

SCC Legacy are Australia’s highest level Grand Champion team and we’d like to introduce you to the people that make up the team, show you how they got to level 6 and who they are.

Check out Hitting Zero: A legacy

Fishbowl Discussion: 3 and 10 May 2016

Are you curious to dive into the world of Learning Technologies and begin to discover what organisations are doing to leverage technology to support and build capability?  

PSK Performance is hosting the second instalment of its Fishbowl Discussion that will begin to Explore the World of Learning Technologies

Melbourne: Tuesday 3rd May
Sydney: Tuesday 10th May

What is a Fishbowl Discussion? Unlike traditional panel discussions, a Fishbowl Discussion provides a creative environment for participants to observe and listen to experiences, ideas, and actively participate in the dialogue. Our modernised format encourages the audience to ventilate “hot topics” in industry by sharing opinions from a variety of perspectives by joining the Fishbowl panellists.

 Such topics that we will be introduced in the upcoming Fishbowl will include but not limited to:

  • are enterprise social networking tools improving the way we communicate and share resources
  • how can companies begin exploring the first steps into the world of Augmented and Virtual reality devices
  • are organisations leveraging technology to support and build knowledge to improve performance capability

Meet Donald Clark from the UK and a host of locally talented specialists in this special Fishbowl event.

An additional highlight is Donald will demonstrate his own Oculus Rift headset at the end of session to immerse yourself inside the virtual world. A must that you won’t want to miss!

Intrigued or curious, or just happy to be present to observe and listen? Whatever your choice, come along and have your questions discussed and answered in this dynamic approach.

Each event begins with breakfast at 7:30am and concludes at 10:00am. Places are strictly limited to allow for interactive discussions and of course to meet your fellow participants for networking.

The value is $65.00 inc GST.

To register visit http://www.pskperformance.com.au/registration/

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

We recently worked with the team from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in Sydney.

As part of a team building and relationship development day, two teams each created their own TV commercial that would be used on social media and online to promote public donations.

The team are an amazing bunch of people who do extraordinary things on a daily basis and are an excellent example of a high performing team.

Check out the short video highlights here.