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Do you want to improve the morale in your office? Do you want to build a team environment that facilitates bonding, reduces employee stress, and creates trust?
Try taking your employees out of the office to try different sports or activities. They’ll enjoy the fresh air, get to know each other, and will appreciate working for you as a result. Here are six team activity ideas that could boost morale:
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and there’s a citywide event called Corporate Challenge every year. I work at a University, so it is a great way to get all of the different departments together for cross-functional team building. I get to meet people from all over the campus that I wouldn’t normally get to interact with.
We also have quite the cornholing game rivalry with Payroll and Financial Reporting down the hall. The corporate challenge includes all types of events from blood donations to sand volleyball.
Your group can help build a house together through Habitat for Humanity. Depending on what your company specializes in, you can help out a non-profit. That would still keep the creative juices flowing for your team, but give them a different environment to work on their skills.
During the holidays, your team can volunteer at a soup kitchen or a nursing home. Kids at children’s hospitals love to get visits from their favorite superheros. Your team will experience emotional events together that will bring them closer together when life at the office gets stressful.
If you are fortunate enough to live around water, why not head to the great outdoors and take your team kayaking? You can rent tandem kayaks to encourage people to work together to control the boat. Or you can let your ultra competitive members race each other one-on-one for bragging rights for the rest of the year.
Folding kayaks by Oru Kayak are great to use because coworkers can help construct each other’s boats before they head out for a race. Plus, they are easy to carry, so each person can carry one on their own. You can read an Oru Kayak review to see if it would fit in with your company’s outing.
Take all of your team members out to a concert or a sporting event. They will have time to bond and get to know each other outside of the office.
Additionally, having something to watch or listen to will fill up any awkward moments during the event and give your employees something in common to talk about later. They can let loose and be themselves, and thus will not be uptight at work.
One of my personal favorite team building activities is a Scavenger Hunt. Fortunately, living in Las Vegas, I can get ultra creative with this one. If you have new employees, this would be a great way to get them out of the office and to explore the area around your company or city. Make sure to take lots of great pictures and, of course, make sure the winners get some sort of bragging rights or prizes.
Why not have a company cocktail party? The employees can have a glass of wine and an appetizer while they walk around the room and start conversations to get to know each other. The mood will be more relaxed and they will feel more at ease when approaching each other.
They will also appreciate that you care enough about them to plan a gathering for them. They will see it as a perk and will want to work for you harder and for longer.
Sponsoring these types of team building activities will help grow your employees into happy, productive, and cooperative team members.
Keep in mind that some of your employees won’t be quite as adventurous as others. Make sure the activities you plan include things to do for all of your employees to enjoy.
A lot of people out there are starting businesses. They don’t understand that business is a truly complicated matter, and they need to be educated so they can get the results they need. We will give you some tips that will allow you to run your business or your company’s business better.
You need to track every minute of the day, which will allow you to take your time management skills to the next level. Your phone can do the trick by setting an alarm or finding a business app to use so you can get things done in a timely manner. Your typical working day will never be the same when you start to track time. Taking a close look at any time waster is always a good idea. You need to know the amount of time that you have to spend on each activity, and you need to know this in terms of percentages. And if you are managing employees, take notice of how long it should take them to do work as well, and if they are doing it on time.
You should learn what the 80/20 rule is all about. This rule states that 20% of your tasks will give you 80% of the results. You need to follow this rule if you want to take your business or management skills to the next level. Focus your attention on the tasks that are the most profitable for you or that take the most time so you can get the most out of the day as soon as possible. Remember also that you need to delegate these tasks as much as you can so you can free up time for other tasks. This will allow you to focus your attention on the things that matter most to you.
You need to avoid any kind of interruption to your routine, unless it’s an emergency. This will allow you to be more productive over time. Your employees or partner might want to take up too much of your time, but you need to let them know that they can’t come to you for every little issue. Just like they need to get their job done, you need to get yours done too. This is truly important for your future performance, and you have to take this into consideration right away.
Do you consider yourself successful? Do you pay it forward? Success is all about giving a lending hand without any expectations, also known as paying it forward:
Have you heard of Grant Cardone? No? Well, it is time to familiarize yourself with this inspirational sales and thought leader. (Let’s not forget best selling author!) There isn’t one video of his that isn’t inspiring and this video is all about how to surround yourself with a great team.
Empowering people around you so they can give it back to you and empower you back is where most people get stuck. Read that again: People. Get. S-T-U-C-K!
Here is your daily dosage of another skill of a manager and leader that ought to be mastered:
In case you are not familiar with Seth Godin, you should become acquainted with him really quick especially considering he is one of the best thought leaders in the world. In the following video, Seth talks about how to get your ideas to spread; in other words, how to infect people in the right way. As a manager, you can see how this is important: you want to lead in a positive, effective manner.
There are too many fast food restaurants to count in this country and millions visit them every single day. The employees within have to work hard to get your food out quickly, especially for those on their lunch breaks. They have to deal with rude customers and try their best to retain their easy going composure to make sure the customer drives away satisfied.
Many times customers may remain unhappy and will want a refund or to talk to the manager. Managers have a tough job as well, taking care of the needs of the restaurant and the staff they supervise, as well as dealing with angry customers. Not everyone knows what is involved in a fast food manager’s job, and here we will talk about that.
Fast food managers don’t really need to have a degree to start managing. Oftentimes, they have to prove themselves to be valuable in a lower position to move into a higher one. But let’s be honest, it’s all in who you know in this world that gets you ahead most of the time. You can work hard, hoping to one day be recognized as being management material, but someone could get bumped up to that position because they are friends with someone in a higher position. It sucks, but that’s the reality of the situation. But that shouldn’t stop people from trying anyway because you never know.
Managers are responsible for keeping track of all the money going in and out of a fast food restaurant. They have to make sure they don’t order supplies that will go to waste and that the food is made right so it isn’t returned. Also a consideration is scheduling just the right amount of employees to work that day. If there’s too many, it will be wasted money when people are standing around trying to find something to do that normally one employee could handle all at once. If you don’t schedule enough, then workers will be stressed more trying to do more.
A manager would also want to keep an eye on the machines used to make the food. If they are not in good condition and break down, money will be lost while waiting to get it fixed or replaced. They also have to make sure the machines are kept clean so the customers are safe eating the food.
Fast food managers have to do the hiring and firing of employees, as well as make sure a nice appearance is well maintained. For example, making sure their staff has a clean uniform, their clothes fit properly and hygiene is taken care of. This gives a good impression to customers and they will order with confidence. A good staff will also be taught how to handle customers, especially angry ones. They will need to keep their cool at all times to ease any tensions that may arise.
Making sure the food is clean and safe for customers is a manager’s most important job. They must oversee production, see if there are any problems to fix, order fresh ingredients, and make sure that expired food is disposed of. Employees aren’t looking for expiration dates because they are so busy trying to get the food out quickly. It’s the manager’s job to make sure the food is fit for consumption, unless something is blatantly seen by an employee, which shouldn’t happen if the manager is doing their job correctly.
Fast food managers may work longer hours than other kinds of managers, maybe from opening to closing. Working for a fast food restaurant is stressful by itself, but even more so when you need to work all day there. Managers need to make sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently and that customers, as well as employees, are satisfied. They need to do paperwork during non-busy times and make sure the store is clean during and after lunch and dinner.
Most of the duties described here can be applied to any manager, but fast food managers have a very tough job when compared to an office manager. They work long hours and have to deal with some very nasty situations, whether it’s a food mess or angry customers. Please think about these things as a customer, and not just for the managers but for the employees as well. And if you want to become a fast food manager, consider the things discussed in this article first.