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Employee engagement has always been a challenge for organizations. It takes time, effort, money, and now a great vibe or company culture to attract top talent. Once you’ve done that, the trick is keeping them happy, engaged, productive, and loyal.

With employee turnover rates on the rise, it’s becoming more and more apparent that too many employers don’t know how to create a positive work environment that encourages employees to stick around.

While money, benefits, positive reinforcement, and perks are wonderful ways to motivate your team members, there’s one method that stands out above them all…Freedom. 

What is Freedom in the Workplace?

Have you ever worked for a micromanager? You’re not sure how they get their own work done because they’re so busy with their nose over your shoulder. They tell you how to do what you do, when to do what you do, where to do what you do, and how to do what you do. Basically, it’s a bunch of do-do. Unfortunately, the one thing they don’t share is why. 

A micromanager can not only negatively impact your performance, they can destroy your desire to get up in the morning. No one appreciates being treated like a child, least of all an adult in the professional world. It’s just poor leadership.Las-Vegas-Keynote-Speakers

Now comes the hard question. Are you doing this to your employees? Are any of your leaders doing it? If you’re seeing apathy, increased sick days, decreased productivity, or just an air of negativity in the office, you may very well be.

Imagine a lead singer who doesn’t give their band members the opportunity to be creative. To contribute. Maybe they don’t trust them or maybe they don’t value their input, or maybe their ego is just too big. Either way, those band members won’t be sticking around for very long. While they are there, they certainly won’t be very happy.

What if instead of treating your employees like children in need of babysitting, you treated them like rock stars – rock stars capable of amazing creativity and accomplishment?

This is Freedom in the Workplace. It’s giving your employees enough rope to do their best work, propelling your company forward.

Benefits of Workplace Freedom

 

Steve Jobs once said that he used The Beatles as his business model. He said they were four young guys who kept each other’s negative tendencies in check and balanced one another. He believed that they were greater than the sum of their parts. 

When you give your employees or band members self-autonomy and allow them to bring their best selves to the table, unencumbered by your rules, you’ll begin to see how your team is greater than the sum of their parts. That is when the magic begins to happen.

You’ll see a variety of benefits such as:

  • Higher employee engagement
  • Improved loyalty and decreased turnover
  • Fewer sick days
  • Better teamwork
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher revenue
  • Attract the best talent

 

Research studies support this. Business News Daily found that “Workers who feel they are free to make choices in the workplace, and be held accountable for them, are happier and more productive than employees who are more restricted.”

Are you ready to give your employees the power to be rock stars? To create a company culture like no other?

How to Create Freedom in the Workplace

“Freedom” will look different for every industry, every company, and every employee. Your job is to determine what will work best for your individual situation. Don’t be afraid to talk to your employees about this. What a wonderful way to show them that you value their feedback and trust them to do what’s right for the organization as a whole.

Freedom in the Workplace may look like:

  • Employees get to decide how they do their job
  • Choose-your-own schedules so employees can work when is best for them
  • Remote opportunities so employees can work from home or an island
  • Employees set their own performance goals
  • Teams have the opportunity to collaborate freely 
  • Employees are comfortable making suggestions, taking chances, and communicating with upper management

 

Again, not all of these suggestions can work for every situation. However, the more you begin to brainstorm with your employees and include them in decision-making, the more opportunities you’ll uncover. The more they will feel like a self-employed extension of the company. Your employees are your greatest asset, your greatest leaders, your greatest lead singers, and when you give them the trust they deserve, desire, and the freedom to truly shine, you’ll be grateful you did. Get ready to bring out their inner rock star, stand out in your industry, and be heard above the noise. When you elevate your people, you elevate your business. In today’s world of a labor or talent shortage, doesn’t make sense to create the right kind of culture, the right kind of relationships, and the right kind of atmosphere so that everyone plays nicely together? That’s the win-win. Not only keeping your talent but getting more productivity out of them without even asking. That is a rock star mindset. That is rock star success. Rock on.

 

 

 

Work Hard. Play Hard

You’ve likely heard the term “Party like a Rockstar,” and we’re not talking about massive amounts of substances and debauchery.

As business owners and employees, we could actually learn quite a bit from rockstars in this area. They give it their all when they’re on stage or in a practice session, but in between, they know how to take it easy and have fun.

If you’re working 7-days a week, keep your smartphone tucked under your pillow at night, and haven’t been on vacation since Led Zeppelin broke up, it’s time to relax!

The Benefits of Down Time

Employees are an organization’s greatest asset. Unfortunately, they aren’t always treated that way. Long hours, minuscule breaks, and little vacation time lead to stressed, resentful employees who get sick more often and eventually run screaming to another company.

Stepping away from work whether it’s for a few minutes or a few days will help with:

Improved focus – chronic stress contributes to memory problems and makes it difficult to focus on tasks. Taking a break helps lower stress and improves your ability to think clearly.

Better physical health – constant stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. It also lowers your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. People who take regular vacations are less likely to suffer from heart disease.

Better mental health – scientists have discovered that constant stress alters your brain structure and chemistry and leads to anxiety and depression. Time away from the office (both physically and mentally) can combat that stress.

Fewer sick days – when employees are healthier, they take fewer sick days for illnesses. When they are happier, they take fewer “mental health” days.

Higher Employee Satisfaction – healthy employees are happy employees. Stepping away from work every so often helps to improve how they feel about their position.

Lower turnover – employees that are satisfied with their jobs and happy with the role they play, their coworkers and management, and the organization as a whole, are less likely to look for work elsewhere.

 

What Are Rhythms In Business?

 

Tips for Taking a Break at Work

Not everyone has vacation time coming to them and the ability to whisk away to a tropical locale for 3 weeks. Even if you’re just stepping away from your computer for a few minutes, there are ways to maximize your benefits.

  1. Actually, take a break. Too many people work through their lunch hour, skip breaks, and then work late. No matter what task you’re working on, stepping away for a few minutes will help you return better than when you left. Every 52 minutes is ideal. At the end of the day, stop working instead of taking your work home with you.
  2. Leave your phone behind. Okay, this isn’t possible for everyone, but if you’re still “on-call” answering text messages and emails while you’re on break, you’re not soaking up the benefits. You need to step away from your job mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Put it on airplane mode, turn off notifications, and whenever possible, just leave it behind.
  3. Get some physical exercise (bonus points if you do that in nature). Moving your body will help refresh your mind, improve your emotions, and done regularly, improve your physical health. If you have the ability to go for a walk outside and enjoy some fresh air, that’s even better.
  4. Breathe deeply. If you think we’re all experts at breathing since we’ve been doing it since birth, you’re wrong. Most humans actually breathe incorrectly (allowing their stomach to deflate instead of inflating during inhalation), and many of us forget to breathe entirely when we are under extreme stress. The body will force us to breathe just enough to survive. It’s up to us to consciously breathe deeply to thrive.
  5. Do nothing. If your idea of a break from work is getting lost on social media, you’re not doing yourself any favors. True downtime means giving your brain a rest. You’ll be surprised how creative you can be when you aren’t constantly bombarding your mind with stimulation.

 

It’s time that we stop wearing our busyness like a badge of honor and making ourselves available 24/7.  Our bodies and minds need time to reset, and just like rockstars, it’s not healthy to be “on” all the time. Enjoy your downtime and know that you’ll be a better employee for having taken it.

 

 

PS: Energy is a necessity in your business and your life. Rock stars have known for years that the only way to give an unforgettable performance, one that has the crowd pumping their fists in excitement, is to tap into the energy. If you need assistance building the energy in your business meetings and teams; Orlando Motivational Speaker Marvelless Mark can help.

Contact us today to find out how Marvelless Mark can motivate your business at your next event.

Do you get paid to play? Is your company’s mission statement also your mission statement? Does it have anything to do with you having fun?  What if you added the word fun to your mission statement or your company’s vision?  Would that make a difference in your culture? Would it make a difference in how you interact with your customers or associates? Your boss? Your employees? Your family? Would it make you want to jump out of bed and go to work or go to play everyday? Think about it. From a very small infant what are you programed to do? Play! We play as a baby, we play at school, and we played in college.  Some of us a little more than others. So why wouldn’t you naturally just want to play at work? Guess what rock stars love to do? PLAY. But not just on stage! They play at home, and they play hard. But they play with a purpose. Their play is in alignment with their D Chord. They have big unreasonable DREAMS. They have Dreams or a mission statement of their company. They have a rock star mindset. Great leaders play with a purpose and lead their teams to do just that. They have a rock star mindset. That is when Opportunity Rocks. But what does that look like? It starts with a small shift in the way you think. Shift happens. Change the way you think, change the way you feel. Or in this case, change the way you think, change the way you play. To help that shift to happen here are three action items you can do.

  1. Re-write your mission or vision statement. Making it clear, laser focused, meaningful and add the words play or fun to it. If you are going to spend over 8 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year, and 30 to 40 years of your life doing something wouldn’t you rather have fun doing it? Refuse to grow up.
  2. Re-write your company’s mission or vision statement. Make it clear, more purposeful and work in the words- fun and play. Then take it up the ladder to whoever has the power to change it. Sell them on your idea. Do your homework first. Show them the research of how company’s productivity and employee and customer engagement goes up with companies that have a “play with a purpose” culture. Companies that have a rock star mindset.
  3. Just do it. Thank you Nike. Play your A Chord and take immediate action everyday. If your company doesn’t buy into it at first, be a rock star and break the rules. Pretend they did and just start doing it on your own. Share it with other team members and watch it spread. Excitement is contagious. That’s when the magic really happens and you drive change instead of change driving you. Marvelless Mark said, “Rock stars drive change not ride it.” Eventually someone will notice.

Maybe you’re saying, “easier said than done”, or “we are not allowed to have fun at work”. Says who? Is it a written policy? Let’s pull a Mike Rayburn and say, “What if?”. What if you could play with a purpose? What would it look like? What would you say, do and act like? Isn’t that worth a shot? If you’re dedicating such a large chunk of your life to something let’s make it fun. Research shows people learn and perform better when their having fun. If you don’t love your job, then love why you do it. Thank you Tony Robbins. Find a way to have fun.

If you don’t make sacrifices for the things you want, the things you want become the sacrifices. I challenge you to start thinking like a rock star. Look for ways to play with a purpose at work and at home. This stuff works great for relationships and families too.

Please share and repost this article. Let’s Rock Change!

 

 

 

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Father, and child of God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars and the right amount of entertainment.