With the holidays come many half-empty offices. Many are taking time off to spend with their loved ones, and some are simply looking to ‘unwind’. I am a huge proponent of taking time off and what better time to do so than the holiday season. Sometimes though, it can be difficult to get back into the swing of things post-holiday vacation. If you’re feeling like your office is needing a boost to get things back to normal there are some features you can use in your payroll software to get your employees involved and get them back on track.
Let the Games Begin
Now hear me out before you exit out this browser; games are a great way to get people involved and excited to be back at work. Excited might be a bit of a stretch, but you get what I mean. Giving incentives and rewards for employees who are producing may just give that extra kick we all need to get over the holiday slump. Whatever your incentive may be, (points for punching in on time, points for producing the most product on a given day, or points for going above and beyond) you can track all of this right in your payroll software.
Once you decide what the rules are, have a point system in place (for example: 2 points for on-time punch in), and have a prize picked out, you can start setting this up in your software. As far as the prize goes, you will want to make this unique to your workforce. If you have a bunch of people who love coffee, make it coffee-related. If you think time off would motivate people, then do that. The key is to make it something they desire. Keep in mind, if you have a large workforce, this could get tricky, so you may want to recruit department managers to help you keep score. At the end of the day you can rally up your totals and enter those numbers into your payroll software. Do this for the duration of your contest, whether that be a week, two weeks, or a month. My advice would be to keep the contest to a month at maximum, otherwise employees may lose interest.
Announce Your Winner(s)
The idea is by the end of your contest, or game, if you will, employees will feel a bit more settled back into their roles. While this may not work to get everyone involved, it will definitely grab the interest of your more competitive folks. Once your contest is up, tally up all the points and crown your winner, or winners, depending on if you’re doing one winner, or crowning runner-ups as well. Personally I would think doing a first, second, and third place would grab more participants because there is more opportunity to win. The more participation, the better off you (and the company as a whole) are. Be sure to review this, too; how successful was your contest - is it something worth doing again? What worked well and what could be improved in order to increase involvement? Things are the things you should be taking note on.
This concept isn’t new, but it can be very effective if used in the right way. If you’re feeling like your office is needing a push to get employees off of holiday mode, give it a try - and make sure to let us know how this worked for you.