Yesterday I finally got around to watching this incredible animated video by Dan Pink, author of Drive who explains, in a highly visual and entertaining way, what science knows about incentives and awards and what the business seems to keep ignoring time and time again.
When it comes to inspiring your employees, the options may seem obvious. Pay raises, team building days, cake… the tried and true methods of getting the team to enjoy work life and each other’s company more. But employers aren’t just responsible for feeding their worker’s wallets and stomachs – with the amount of time people spend in the office these days, companies should be looking out for their workers overall wellbeing.
When you started your business I bet one of your main reasons for doing so was the freedom to create your own schedule and work your own hours.
You wanted a piece of that wonderful entrepreneurial lifestyle of working from the beach, jetting off on an impromptu vacation on your yacht or dropping everything to head away to one of your holiday homes…..
You may not be quite at that stage yet, but are you actually taking advantage of the freedom you have and scheduling regular time out? Are you taking regular holidays or mini retreats or taking a whole day out during the week just because?
A few months back I was reading a fascinating article in Entrepreneur.com about how few entrepreneurs start a business with the end in mind. The all important exit strategy seems elusive to many of us yet it is so important to have that end goal in mind.
I was so impressed by the points in the article and the level of advice given, plus the fact that she’d just written a book called Show Me The Money that I just decided to email Chia-Li Chien and tell her so.