There’s a lot of talk about the importance of employee engagement and how leaders need to focus on re-energizing disengaged employees. It’s important to note that disengagement is another word for a more common term: boredom. One of the top reasons employees quit is because they are bored. Making sure the top talent is doing meaningful and challenging work is important for keeping them engaged and retained, but it’s not simply about the day-to-day tasks. The environment in which we’re asking these top performers to spend 40-50 hours a week is equally important. Monotony is a killer, so it's important managers take the time to make sure the work week doesn’t get stagnant. Consider introducing "Casual Monday". With our hectic lives, weekends can seem like just a different type of work, and the last thing anyone wants to do is put on a suit and tie or a pair of heels at 7 on Monday morning. By making the transition a little easier, leadership can set the pace and tone of the workplace. It’s also worth thinking about the introduction of mandatory meeting-free days. Many employees spend more time in meetings than they do performing actual work. Think about your department’s meeting schedule and ask if every single one is really necessary. Shaking up the rhythm can get people out of their ruts.
Making Work Less Boring