Looking after your team in 2017! 
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Gearing up for a great 2017.

Happy New Year – hope you had a good festive season and are back refreshed and ready for 2017.

Have you surveyed your staff recently to see how engaged they are in your business? We can run a survey for you, providing not only the results but also a report with suggestions on how to improve the poorer rating areas.  Now is also a great time to get a health check of your HR systems and ensure that you are set up for success.

Give us a call and we can help you sort your business goals for the year.

Book your 2017 survey

Celebrating with your staff.

How many times a month are you asked to put your hand in your pocket to buy a birthday card or a cake for someone you have met only once or has only been in the company 5 minutes? How much time is spent each year singing happy birthday and standing round in the kitchen making small talk and eating cake? How often have you realised (far too late) that the person who usually organises the cake is on leave and there is a birthday happening in the office down the corridor.
I am not suggesting scrapping birthday celebrations or turning into scrooge and not providing a sugar hit to go along with the song but there must be a more time effective, inclusive way of celebrating milestones in the office.

What about other celebrations?

Some staff might appreciate a celebration of their culture! How about an annual Diwali celebration, Matariki or Chinese New Year? You can get really creative. Enjoying the diversity of your team is a great way to make your staff feel valued - and bonus some delicious celebratory food can be shared.

Celebration ideas 
Monthly celebration. Throw a morning tea on the first (or last) Friday of the month as part of a monthly team catch-up. It is a great opportunity to get everyone together at once, after all - who is going to want to miss out on cake!

Pot luck. Similar to the monthly morning tea but get each team to bring along a plate. Either theme it or just ask for their favourite baking.

Casual day. Give the birthday boy or girl a casual/dress down day. This is only practical in businesses who aren’t customer facing.

Decorate their cubicle or office. Have a banner or streamers that get moved around the office to whoever is having a birthday. This ensures that everyone is aware of the celebration and the birthday person will get lots of well-wishes.

Day off/early finish. If a day off isn’t practical in your business consider a long lunch or early finish. Even an hour off is much appreciated and feels like special time.

Cards. Send a card around the office to be signed by everyone and present it to the person at the end of the day (perhaps with a miniature bottle of bubbles!).
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