No matter how the current economic challenges may be constraining your workplace, it’s important to maintain a sense of balance along with the extra effort and hard work these times demand. A good book for helping develop inexpensive, creative and resourceful team-building reward and recognition opportunities is “Managing to Have Fun: How Fun at Work Can Motivate Your Employees, Inspire Your Coworkers and Boost Your Bottom Line” by Matt Weinstein.
A fun, yet practical guide, “Managing to Have Fun” has lots of ideas, from the simple and easy to more big-organization suggestions that are sure to help with employee morale and team-building. We recommend it when we do retreats, planning sessions and training, and often suggest that a different staff member take responsibility for using the book each month so it rotates throughout the organization. It’s also a chance to let others express themselves in terms of their own preferences about workplace reward and recognition. Worth checking out, you can usually find an inexpensive copy at half.com. Have fun!