To Engage Employees on a Notoriously Unproductive Day in the Workplace, “Super Bowl Monday.”
It sounds like every manager’s nightmare. How do you get people excited about being at work when they’re nursing hangovers and all too eager to discuss the previous night’s game instead staying on task? It’s a tough crowd. If they’re not rewatching the funniest Super Bowl television commercials on YouTube, they’re busy rehashing the game and collecting on betting pools with coworkers.
This Super Bowl could cause more distraction than usual. It’s the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in league history, and forecasters are calling for snow and frigid temps throughout the weekend at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The NFL has a storm-contingency plan in place that could move the game to the Friday before or even, yes, the Monday after. There are even efforts to make Super Bowl Monday a National Holiday, an unlikely future event.
So engaging employees this Super Bowl Monday is a challenge you’ll definitely want to take on. With the right attitude, you could boost productivity and keep everyone happy in your workplace on Monday, Feb. 3.
Here’s How: Throw an Unexpected Mini-Party and Hand Out Small Gifts.
For a breakfast get-together, bring in doughnuts, fresh-fruit and extra-strong coffee, or order in a light lunch for everyone. Stock the break room with healthy snacks plus RedBull and energy bars.
It may seem counter-intuitive to throw a party for employees who are feeling partied-out or distracted, but it will give them time to talk about the Super Bowl with coworkers — and then get back to work, focused and at least somewhat refreshed.
A workplace party is unexpected on Super Bowl Monday and a good way to reward employees for coming in when many of their coworkers plan ahead not to come into work. More than 10 percent of people surveyed in a recent Glassdoor study said they planned to take the day off following the Super Bowl, with some even admitting that they’ll call in “sick,” according to Susan M. Heathfield’s article “Make the Super Bowl a Workplace Win.” And that doesn’t take into account the employees who straggle in late! Needless to say, the ones who do show up may be feeling a tiny bit of resentment toward work — so take advantage of the situation by giving them what they least expect but want the most.
Consider also handing out a surprise treat to each employee at the party. Small, unexpected gifts like this help engage employees and keep them satisfied at work. In his LinkedIn blog post, “3 Reasons Why the Smallest of Gifts Matter,” Accretive Solutions CEO Richard A. Moran says these “tokens of gratitude “are important all year-long and can build an organization and a reputation.”
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“The workplace consists of very few pleasant surprises. We all know of the unwelcome surprises like cost-cutting and bad apple people, but think of the last time you had a nice surprise, no matter how small. A pleasant and welcome surprise goes a long way,” Moran writes.
So reclaim the notoriously unproductive Super Bowl Monday with a recognition that great engagement with employees is priceless, and by making it a fun day for everyone, it will build good will, productivity and an improved focus on work.
Here’s to a happy, productive Super Bowl Monday!
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