Make work fun and motivating...
“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” Sally Ride
Not everyone gets to experience an adventure like being an astronaut, but most of us experience the adventure of starting (or re-starting) a job. Realistically, both are filled with the anxious moments of an adventure into the unknown. As business leaders, we have the means and methods to make work fun, engaging and fulfilling, especially during onboarding when new employees get their job offer, fill out new hire paperwork, arrive for the first day of work, attend orientation, get introduced to their new department and co-workers, go through job training, and get feedback from their supervisors. Do an honest review of each of those onboarding processes; better yet, schedule yourself to go through the entire process just like any new hire, and then rate how, informative, exciting, motivating, inspiring each was. Keep in mind that when your new hire goes home after any of those experiences, they will be asked “how was it”? If the answer to any of those isn’t “GREAT”, you’ve missed a big opportunity to make a lasting first impression. Each should be a celebration of adventure and achievement, and a warm embrace by the company, its people, and culture. If you’re wondering why some employees aren’t positive or engaged, or why they may not be as loyal or long-term as you’d like, that may be reflective of these first new adventures. If you want great employees, make fun and motivating today.
Sally Ride (1951 – 2012): American astronaut and physicist. She joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman in space