As many of us return to the office this summer, now is a great time to prioritize taking good care of ourselves and our staff. It’s been a challenging year, and it’s important to make space for joy and stress relief in the workplace. Here at Moses Taylor Foundation, we hope to make reintegration into office life a happy and welcome transition for everyone.
At past events, we’ve distributed the book The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, a great resource for managers and leaders on how to destress the office, foster positive work environments, and prevent staff burnout.
Here are a few tips from the book on how to ensure a happy and healthy return to the workplace:
We’ve all gotten used to working from home. Consider updating your remote work guidelines to allow staff members to gradually ease into the office. Flexible hours and PTO policies give staff a greater sense of autonomy in their personal and professional lives.
Encourage a healthful work environment. Organize office-wide walk, stretch, or meditation breaks to get staff moving. Provide healthy food and snacks at meetings and in break rooms. Consider outfitting work areas with sit-stand desks, soundproofing, and natural lighting.
Make staff recognition a regular part of office life. Begin meetings with staff shout-outs and expressions of appreciation. Announce staff birthdays, work anniversaries, and good news! Praise staff accomplishments with rituals like annual awards, newsletter profiles, or hand-written gratitude notes.
Get the Party Started
Encourage social interaction among staff members. How about organizing a staff field trip or team-building exercise? Seasonal events like gift exchanges, ice cream socials, or weekly/monthly get-togethers, like “Casual Fridays” or “Happy Hours,” make for a fun day at the office.
These tips are just a starting point in building a more nurturing, successful workplace for you and your staff. There are plenty more ideas to be found in The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit. If you didn’t have a chance to pick up the book at prior Moses Taylor Foundation events, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to provide a complimentary copy on behalf of Moses Taylor Foundation.
Operations and Grants Manager