Influencing employee morale in the workplace
Every morning, as soon as I walk through the doors, I can catch my first whiff of what has been boosting employee morale since the dawn of time. This essential element is the smell of fresh brewed and much needed coffee. Yes, I’ve been known to brew the best coffee and sometimes that is my redeeming quality when people start complaining about my playlist preferences. The phrase ‘You can’t please all of the people all of the time’ has never been more true than when it comes to the music selection at the office. Since I am designated DJ, I shamelessly admit I can indulge myself, particularly on a Friday afternoon, when I force our team to listen to House music. Not long into a playlist, my Skype messages will start blowing up, with colleagues begging me to turn it off. I just giggle and leave it on for a while longer, and then usually switch it up to R&B. That’s a music genre that most of us can get into (some more than others). There’s always that person who will know each word to every song and sing aloud without a care in the world. These are the people who truly embody the openness and trusting space that is felt throughout the office. Being able to sing at the top of your lungs American Idol style, takes a certain level of comfort that our agency is lucky to have. Also, the collaborative open seating arrangement facilitates an icebreaking environment where everyone gets comfortable with each other sooner rather than later.
This company has been known to push the envelope when it comes to boosting morale around the office, especially when it comes to holiday parties. As the Captain, I can attest to all the thought and special attention given to celebrations here at the agency. With every holiday, there’s an opportunity to create a party that will be better than the last. It can sometimes be a daunting task for me, as some employees have gotten spoiled over time, and expect superior entertainment year after year. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop me from running wild with the credit card (under my given budget, of course) and picking the most spectacular venue and the best food, with the ultimate goal of having everyone dancing and enjoying the positive vibes at the end of the night.
On Halloween, we celebrate decked in our best costumes. On Thanksgiving, we have a potluck where gluttony is expected and appreciated. But we don’t have to wait for national holidays for us to rejoice in our hard work. Like many agencies, we celebrate a week of hard work with Friday happy hours that allow our team to unwind, connect with peers, and celebrate our achievements. This is a luxury, not a right, and we know it. What can I say? We work hard, we play hard, drink a little, and get things done.
Boosting morale may seem like a simple job, but you’d be surprised how easily it can be overlooked in a busy work environment, like an ad agency, where there is a shared struggle to bring in new clients and pressure to create amazing things every day. I’m not biased or anything, but Worldmedia Interactive has gone above and beyond at making people feel good. We value our employees, our work, our freedom, and our collaboration. We move forward no matter what. We are proud and eager. We put in those extra hours, no complaints. We are constructive. We take everything to the next level. And we like to have fun. Lots of it.