As the 2016 Olympic games are underway in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, viewers around the world will be tuning in to watch their favorite teams compete for pinnacle prize of gold. It might just strike you to know that around an estimated 3.6 billion people will be glued to the Television rooting their teams on, that includes the 72% of business professionals.
Summer tends to see a decline in productivity, with more workers taking off during the prime months of July and August than other months throughout the year. Throw the spectacle of the Olympic Games into the mix and–let’s just say there’s plenty to distract a workforce this season.
So rather than reprimand employees, employers can set a new standard by encouraging employees to celebrate the games and creating opportunities to foster strong culture within the office. Capturing the joy and celebration that comes along with the Olympic games there are ways to welcome the Olympic spirit into your workplace and boost employee engagement.
Host in-office olympic viewing parties. By soliciting employee input on the events streamed in office, you not only show them that you care about their opinions, but also create windows of opportunities for team bonding. Employees may uncover common sports interests with their colleagues. They may even carry those shared interest forward even after the Olympics end further cementing team bonding within the office.
Companies can also host healthy competitions amongst the co-workers and generate teamwork with a focus on building relationships with one another, workers can simply inspire each other to achieve goals together, then translate that same focus and collaboration into their daily work routine. One may even suggest starting a company sports team, there is no better opportune time to start a company sports team. Distribute surveys to your employees on what sports they enjoy playing the most, and what days of the week they’d enjoy participating on a team.
By encouraging team sports you help employees get the routine exercise they need – which in turn has been proven to decrease stress, increase productivity and reduce employee absenteeism. It also produces an environment where they feel supported leading to a more success company. These Olympic games only take place every so often, why not embrace these rare moments and celebrate the opportunity to bring strength and unity to the workplace.