In recent years, employee experience and the development of culture has come to the forefront of corporate conversation. But how does one develop culture? While this question may seem deceptively simple, managers, people teams, and top executives alike struggle to find a simple, concrete and easily repeatable answer. Although we may not have that secret formula either, we here at Epoch have developed a list of weekly office traditions that will help to bolster the culture in your office.
The importance and impacts of weekly office traditions is far reaching.
The first advantage to having these regular, informal events is that employees are able to feel more comfortable. Not only that, employees will feel more involved with the workplace community when given an opportunity to socialize and engage with each other in a casual setting.
The second benefit is the improvement of employee mental health. It is no secret that work is often stressful and demanding, with employees often working under immense pressure. Dedicating time out of the week for employees to do something relaxing other than work will help to reduce mental fatigue and make your employees feel better mentally. Having regular workplace traditions can also help to improve/spark employee morale; giving your employees the feeling that they’re part of a team really helps to provide a source of motivation.
Lastly, these traditions help to develop culture, as they set a precedent for the type of atmosphere and environment your office has. Most importantly, traditions provide a sense of importance and meaning to your employees’ work-lives.
We hope that these tradition ideas prove helpful to developing your company’s culture and employee experience! This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to use it as a starting point and build up routine events unique to your team and company!