Why Experiential Learning Works
November 27, 2018 · 4 min read
Get your workplace engaged with hands-on learning.
November 27, 2018
Despite companies’ best efforts to get workers revved up about their mission, the unfortunate reality, according to a recent Gallup study, is that only 13 percent of employees feel engaged at work. As we all know, bored employees are less productive and less likely to stay on board.
Where does boredom at work originate? Angelo Kinicki, a management professor at Arizona State University, says employees suffer from boredom most when there is a lack of variety in daily tasks and their workdays become routine.
There is a silver lining to this cloud, however. Among millennials, 64 percent say that they’d rather make $40,000 per year at a job they love than $100,000 at a job they find boring, according to a 2014 survey by Intelligence Group.
How can employers combat boredom and keep employees connected to each other, their businesses, and their missions? We’ll tell you how below.
One of the best ways employers can combat employee boredom is by providing their teams with new experiences on a regular basis. While we’ve all heard about companies with office pool tables or video games, in recent years employee engagement strategies have advanced well beyond these simple, hands-off implementations.
So, what’s the best way to get your employees inspired? Take the initiative to work with a company that specializes in providing a wide variety of expert-led sustainability activities. Learning experiences like these are known for their ability to shake things up and knock out boredom. Not only are the best experiences fun, but they give employees knowledge that they can use to transform their work lives.
Keep in mind that if you offer new activites only occasionally, they won’t transform your culture or get your staff excited. But if you offer them frequently, say, on a monthly basis, they’ll disrupt the daily grind.
If you’re worried about keeping up with a schedule, many companies like Speakizi offer subscription services where you can schedule new experiences at your office on a quarterly, monthly, or bi-weekly schedule.
To find the experiences that are right for your company culture, you’ll want to work with a provider that offers a variety of programs. For example, at Speakizi you might choose to invite former New York Yankees’ head performance coach Dana Cavalea to fire up your team and keep them healthy, or work with award-winning creative director and educator Jake Kahana to improve your employees’ focus while making work feel more meaningful. As you select experiences, strive for a mix of playful and educational rather than offering only one type of event.
It’s key that you provide sustainability activities that will help your company reach goals, but in order for them to be effective, they have to keep your employees interested. A great way to keep your team excited is to let them have a say in the process.
Take time to discuss upcoming experiences with your staff and allow them to nominate events they’re interested in or skills they want to learn. You can also put upcoming events on a culture calendar that you share with employees.
In addition, leave room in the calendar where employees can suggest their own event ideas outside of what you have scheduled. Simple additions to the calendar like Friday team lunches or a running club that meets weekly can create deep bonds among your team. By encouraging employees to participate, they’ll feel like their voices are being heard and their input is being used to shape the culture.
We hope we’ve given you some new ideas for how to blast boredom in your workplace and get your team inspired. For more ideas, sign up for Speakizi for free.