Events are a huge component of Perky Work’s culture and experience strategy. Not only do they foster team togetherness and celebration with acknowledged landmarks, but they take employees out of their normal routines to inspire creativity and make people happier. This ultimately leads to higher levels of engagement, attraction, and retention among employees.
Globoforce discovered 78 percent of people who work 30 to 50 hours a week spend more time with co-workers than with their families. Albeit disheartening to some, this is a point we emphasize to convey the importance of fostering healthy relationships at work. Millennials in particular lean heavily towards great culture, friendly coworkers, making an impact, and opportunities for growth when looking for jobs.
Taking the time to celebrate anniversaries, landmark accomplishments, birthdays, and even failures are of the utmost importance to a healthy company culture. 74 percent of the employees surveyed who hadn’t celebrated accomplishments with their co-workers said they are more likely to leave their jobs. Understanding what makes an employee successful within an organization and outwardly celebrating that not only sets an example for the rest, but allows him or her to learn the culture of that particular organization: what defines success and the appropriate process of getting there (re: company values).
With all of the data to support us, we at Perky Work are eager to help plan and execute events with purpose. We generally kick off the reveal for pieces of programming planned by Perky in the upcoming 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, or more, with a client all-staff celebration. We’ll get more into the details of how we land on these decided Perks Programs in another post.
We were lucky enough to do this yesterday at Clever Creative. After a few months of Vision, Mission, and Goals mapping with leadership teams, along with our standard survey and interview phase for research, we were ready to unveil the brand new agency Mission Statement and all decided programming with the team.
Hygge (pronounced HOO-GAH) set the tone for the entire event. Hygge is described as, “atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home,” (The Little Book of Hygge, Wiking). We embarked upon a late afternoon meeting of comfort, coziness, and culture with every employee at Clever in custom slippers and with plates full of traditional Danish dinner. Over Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, lingonberry preserves and wine, we shared company survey results and how those led us to the programming we were to focus on over time.
The evening was magic. The office smelled of warm comfort food and rose-scented candles. The leadership team swelled with emotion as they presented the intention of hiring Perky Work and all of the great things to come in the next year with focus back on the people, their culture. The team was buzzing with life throughout the event and afterwards, as we led them to a enjoy a post-dinner Fika, traditionally a coffee and pastry break akin to the Hygge lifestyle.
Honesty shone through in the numbers we shared. We consider it of the utmost importance to candidly talk through survey results and actionable items to address. The only way to move forward is to acknowledge strengths and areas to improve, which we couldn’t do without a humble and supportive leadership team and employees willingness to share.
We’re so grateful to help leadership to better understand how to meet the needs of their employees, learn new tactics and strategies to better manage and coach, as well as be a part of the celebrations to come afterwards. After all, what’s the point of work without the real perks — Perky Work.