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Reduce Job Stress, Increase Productivity

Are you finding that your employees are focusing more on their job security than their actual job? The state of the today's economy seems to be putting a lot of fear in the minds of many workers, resulting in a stressful environment. But it's possible to thrive in these turbulent times by implementing some fun in the workplace. Here are 10 guidelines from Bob Pike for business owners to follow:

  • Recognition of personal milestones. Recognize the birthdays of your employees with cakes or small gifts such as pens, pencils or a mouse pad. When it's an employee's anniversary, think of valuable gifts like a coffee mug or desk clock.
  • Fun social events. Host picnics, holiday parties and simple social gatherings to allow employees to have time to get closer with each other.
  • Public celebrations of professional achievements. When an employee is doing well with sales, acknowledge him in front of his colleagues. Give out employee-of-the-year or quarterly most improved employee awards.
  • Opportunities for community volunteerism. Ask your employees to spend time picking up trash at a local park or join civic and volunteer groups.
  • Stress-release activities. Add a wellness program, an exercise facility or a dance class to allow employees relieve some built-up stress.
  • Humor. It's always good to smile and laugh each day. Add jokes and cartoons to the company newsletters or at the bottom of your e-mails. Employees will look forward to getting a message from you.
  • Games. Keep a dartboard around the office, host a bingo night or karaoke contest or create company-sponsored athletic teams. Your employees will relieve stress with some competitive events.
  • Friendly competitions among employees. Have a contest to pick the winner of a show like American Idol, organize NFL or NBA pools around the office, or even offer a gift for the sales team - whoever gets the most sales wins something of high value.
  • Opportunities for personal development. Hold sewing classes or music lessons, or start a book club for employees.
  • Entertainment. One way to bring employees together is through skits. Encourage them to act out their favorite scene from a movie, sing a song from their favorite band or dance with others.

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