1. Take Them Away From the Work Environment

Attend a team-building exercise away from the office environment.  Keep the activity light hearted and fun.  Team building exercises allows staff and managers to get to know each other better outside of work projects and often creates excitement about working together on a new project. Plus, just not thinking about work responsibilities helps minds get recharged and ready to take on more.

  1. Do Not Skimp on Time Off

Push your employees to take the required time off, even when they don’t think they need a vacation.

  1. Hold 30-Day Challenges

These challenges can be “un-work” related.  For instance:  To encourage some exercise, start a 3km, 30-day running challenge. Every day each employee tries to run at least 3km, and possibly more. At the end of 30 days collect all of the data to see who ran the most, and do something fun for them.

  1. Declare a Three-Day weekend

Everyone loves three-day weekends!  They give you a chance to get away, watch TV, basically do whatever you want. After a period of intense work, schedule a break where you explicitly tell everyone not to work. This announcement is most effective on a Monday. Ask the team to push hard for four more days, then rest. The pace will pick up, then the recharge happens.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like you are overworked. Try to make sure your team is never assigned more work than they can realistically do in a day. Also encourage everyone to openly communicate when they won’t be able to meet a work goal before it sets them behind on a project.

  1. Work Remotely

Breaking away from the mundane every day office environment is highly refreshing.  Allow employees to work from home or a coffee shop for half / full day.

  1. Hold Sporadic Adventures, Surprises and Fun Events

Some people dread the thought of going into work each day as it’s usually the same mundane schedule with minimal change ever happening. By introducing sporadic adventures, surprises and fun events at your workplace, your team will always be on the up and up and thinking about when the next one may occur. These type of activities can also be used for group building skills.

  1. Make Your Culture a 9-to-5 Culture

During most interviews, employees are told:  “this isn’t a 9-to-5” type of job.   But has hiring managers ever considered what the marginal productivity of the 10th hour of work is? For most people, not much. Yes, sometimes deadlines come up and people need to stay late, but it shouldn’t be the norm.  And when the extra working hours are required, be sure to acknowledge the commitment and reward accordingly.

  1. Get a Change of Scenery

A change of scenery is good for anyone. Do offsite meetings to regroup on important topics.

  1. Explain the Bigger Picture

Allow employees to become involved in future work.  By relaying the bigger picture allows employees to  gain an understanding of when projects will end/begin, which in turn recharges them.