There’s a reason we call Wednesday “hump day”; it’s because three days into the work week, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that the entire workforce is in dire need of some Wednesday motivation. Employee motivation is a big issue for the workforce in general, and as any manager can tell you, Wednesdays are some of the hardest. We recommend that you schedule something fun and inspiring for hump days— have team lunches, internal show and tells, or happy hours. Make Wednesdays something that your employees look forward to! In this spirit, we have put together some of the most motivational quotes out there, along with pro-tips for how to make it through the work week.
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Pro-tip: Incentivize your employees! Have each day be special so that they’re always motivated to come into work and have a great day.
Pro-Tip: Emphasize creativity. Employees are more likely to be happy and enjoy their jobs if they’re allowed the freedom to pursue what they love.
Pro-tip: Encourage team bonding! Work is more fun when you enjoy being around your coworkers. Often, people stifle their real selves at work to conform to notions of professionalism. And while this can be a good thing, you should also encourage your employees to loosen up occasionally, and have fun together. Have them expense a meal, go out for happy hour, or do an off-site.
Pro-tip: Avoid burnout by proactively checking in with your employees. Schedule one-on-ones, all-hands meetings, and use tools like OfficeVibe to ensure that you have your finger on the pulse of your employees’ happiness.
Pro-Tip: Remember to say please and thank you! Too many managers and execs forget that pleasantries aren’t just there to waste time; they’re there to make people feel valued.
Pro-Tip: Have each team send weekly updates to the company so that everyone is aware of what other teams are doing. This promotes collaboration across your company!
Pro-Tip: Take an hour out of each day to do something relaxing that makes you happy. That thing could be a long walk, reading a book, going out to lunch, or even just sipping a latte in a cafe. Take the time to be you.
Pro-tip: Remember to snack! According to a study in Psychosomatic Medicine, intellectual work makes you consume more calories. While this sounds scary (nobody wants to gain weight for doing intellectual work!), you just need to be careful that you snack on the right things. Check out our list of the best workplace munchies (or wunchies)!
Pro-tip: Make your workspace beautiful. With office plants, aesthetically pleasing decorations or art, nice lighting (no fluorescents please!), and freshly painted walls. Ambiance does affect workplace happiness, and this is a simple and effective way to increase employee satisfaction.
Pro-Tip: Ask your employees what kind of noise level they prefer. While some people enjoy loud music and lots of back and forth between cubicles, others find any noise distracting. Make sure you’re meeting all of your employees’ needs, not just a few.
At Good&Co, we’re all about workplace happiness, so in addition to this Wednesday motivation piece, we’ve also put together motivation pieces for every day of the week. Because employee burnout is not just something that happens on hump day. Check out our inspiration category, our Friday Motivation, or our super fun and engaging quizzes! We believe there’s no such thing as a bad company or employee; only bad fit, and it’s our mission to make employees and employers happy in their workplaces.