Asking crews who work in extreme conditions, deal with tight budgets and have demanding schedule’s, to have fun at work might sound ludicrous, right?
However, that's exactly what we should be striving towards. When the work environment is fun, morale will be high, productivity will be up and a sense of belonging will be evident. Here's a couple of ways to create a fun work environment in one of the toughest professions.
Challenge: By challenging employees to learn new skills, accept creative ideas and reach beyond their full potential, this will instill passion and excitement for the employee giving them room to grow in an interactive and engaged environment that excites them.
Involvement: When employees become involved, it creates an environment where information, ideas and suggestions can flow freely connecting the group. Participation is the binder to open communication, giving them a sense of community where collaboration and sharing are welcome.
Show appreciation: Who can have fun when schedules are beat, budgets met and all the while working through extreme conditions, while not a single "Great Job" ever mentioned? As you can imagine, not a very positive attitude would come from this scenario. on the other hand, if through these conditions and accomplishments they're showed appreciation, they will have a sense that their hard work did not go unnoticed.
When employees love to come to work and have fun, their attitude, performance, efforts will show.
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