Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Creating fun & appreciation to help recruit members and employees

Get your staff out of the office and create some fun?
As part of a generational issues session I led at last week’s Syngenta Business Institute (SBI) for selected golf course superintendents, I asked small groups of participants to come up with solutions for three key questions:
  1. How to create fun in your work place?
  2. How to recruit younger members/golfers?
  3. How to create appreciation for your staff?
While these participants focused on golf clubs, their tactics can apply to staff of associations and other nonprofit organizations.

Here their ideas:

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO RECRUIT YOUNGER GOLFERS/MEMBERS?

  • Family movie night
  • Kids camps
  • Music series
  • Hot air balloon glow events
  • Kids programming
  • Family dinners/events
  • Tiki bar
  • Kids camp outs

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CREATE FUN?

  • Lunch/BBQ/cookout while on the clock
  • Employee golf outings
  • Employee bring a guest to play golf
  • Play golf at the club when allows
  • Gift card raffle
  • Sporting events away from work site
  • Meetings with team that have early & paid endings
  • Staff field trips
  • Fun Fridays: HR brings candy, cookies, etc.
  • Morning cheer: different every day. Example: “Go Ladies Day!”
  • Employee-member scramble
  • Employee of the month- employee receives Fridays off for a month (paid)
  • Employee photos streamed to TVs in breakroom
  • Buy scratch-off lotto tickets and give to staff
  • Employee golf clinic once a month
  • Thirsty Thursdays – beverages after work
  • Take staff out for breakfast
  • Thanksgiving pitch-in at shop (the day before Thanksgiving)
  • Breakfast buffet for staff after member events
  • Holiday parties - members provide services to staff at club

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CREATE APPRECIATION?

  • Employee of the month
  • Gift cards
  • Soda machine’s profits (and recycle can profits) back to staff (gifts/food/time off, etc.)
  • Play days on the clock (golf, soccer, basketball)
  • Variety food/drink machines
  • Free coffee/water/Gatorade
  • Employee/family days (staff appreciation)
As always, review these ideas and consider which might be tailored to meet the needs of your organization!

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