Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

Many companies today offer impressive (and creative) employee perks...free ski lift passes, beer on tap in the office, extra cash for vacations. I'm guessing each has quite a happy crew, but does happy = effective? Pretty sure you can be happy doing nothing. These perks create a fun and attractive culture, which is very important, but that doesn't guarantee performance.

On the flip-side, many other companies create cultures that demand performance. The pay is high, but in return, employees give their lives to their work. They spend more time at the office than at home and the local take-out joints know them by name. These companies get a lot out of their employees, but only for a short period of time as the work environment leads to high turnover (and less-than-glowing reputations, by the way).

So, do you have to pick between the two - have either happy or high-performing employees? Like they always say, "You can't have your cake and eat it too." Or can you?

Yes, of course you can - employees can be both happy and effective. Beware though, it takes work to create a culture that drives both satisfaction and performance; but if you want employees to give you their best, you better be ready to give them yours. Rest assured, it's worth it. According to Gallup research, engaged employees drive innovation, treat customers well, speak highly of you to their friends, stick around longer and deliver quality results. They are committed to their work and to you. 

The required strategy, effort and time required to develop a culture of engagement can be daunting, but don't let the magnitude of the task keep you from moving in the right direction - even baby steps count! One of the most effective ways to gain momentum is to narrow the focus from 'total organization culture' to 'individual team effectiveness'. The vision for a healthy culture may be set at the top level, but it lives or dies at the lowest levels.

To do this, consider pulling your team away from daily norms to engage in an impactful team development workshop. My two current favorites are our Strengths in Focus (Clifton StrengthsFinder®) and DISC Behavioral Styles workshops. They build trust and understanding, breakdown barriers, drive effective partnering and create productive momentum. The workshops are both fun and effective - we like to have our cake and eat it too. 

Because this spring weather has us excited about new growth (and because we love cake), we're offering a SPRING SPECIAL to the first five groups who book team development workshops. Click here to learn more about our workshops and click here or on the image below to secure your spot now! We look forward to partnering with you.          


Abbey uses over a decade of talent management experience to help organizations drive business results through enhanced employee engagement. She is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to be their best. She's also a mom to two sweet girls, a wife to one good man, and a fan of running and hosting dinner parties.