This is a question on the minds of CEOs, VPs, directors, and managers worldwide. Thousands of books, case studies, and research papers have been written about the relationship between employee satisfaction and company performance, and Fortune 500 companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year trying desperately to increase their ROI while keeping employees happy (or simply keeping them). While there is no magic bullet that can guarantee happy, productive employees, many companies are zeroing in on one particular area: culture.
Companies that consistently rank high on “best places to work” lists have one thing in common (no, not the high salaries, although those are nice too)—they all have perks and programs that contribute to great culture. Want to take your dog to work? How about a nap at a nap station? Maybe a fresh meal from a personal chef or a game of ping-pong in the break room are more your style. Perks like these can make a workplace about more than work, and are a big reason why companies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Zappos field thousands of applications for every one job opening. Other companies, large and small, have taken note, and the demand for a vibrant company culture has never been higher. Not every company can offer the same benefits as Fortune 100 companies (alas, not all break rooms can fit a ping pong table), but there are still many things that any company can do to promote a healthy culture.
At PuzzleWorks, we like to solve puzzles, so we tried to figure out why people leave their jobs and what could be done about it. We read a reasonable portion of what the Internet has to say on this topic, and found the statistics in this article to be very enlightening. We have all heard the phrase “people don’t quit their jobs, they quit their bosses”, so it was no surprise to learn that 75% of employees leave their jobs due to poor management. Another stat we found interesting was, “companies with effective communication are 50% more likely to have lower employee turnover.” We think the two stats are closely related: if management were more focused on proper communication, employees would view them more favorably and stay at their jobs. The question then becomes: how do you improve communication?
One of the best ways to cultivate better communication is through team building. It’s no accident that team building activities have been at the top of Google’s business search terms for some time now as companies recognize the positive impact that team building events have on communication and culture.
This is where PuzzleWorks comes in. We can help companies boost morale and improve communication skills at every staff level. We aren’t talking about circling up and sharing your highs and lows for the day, or getting together in a small room with one chair and taking turns doing trust falls. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.
What better way to share a unique experience and work on your team’s communication than by getting locked in a room full of secrets and puzzles with a 60 minute clock ticking? We have been running our own independent study the last few months and the results are in: teams that escape together stick together. So if you are looking for a unique experience for your own staff please contact us at: email@example.com