Not all of what we hear or are told is the truth and often, conventional wisdom proves itself to be wrong. And one place where myths and rumours tend to circulate at the speed of a tornado is in the workplace.
So, just how do you decipher the myths from the truth? It’s simple: read this article! We did the hard graft so you don’t have to and have debunked 5 of the most common office myths. Here they are:
Money is the greatest motivator
If you want to turn productivity and morale up a few notches in your office, offering a boost to your tribe’s salaries isn’t the answer. All you’ve got to do is look to recent studies and you’ll realise that money is rarely, if ever, the top motivator. One survey found that pizza was the most satisfying reward for doing a great day’s work in the office, followed by a compliment from the boss. We must admit, food is definitely the way to our hearts here at Banana HQ, but it’s got to be banana cake for us!
8-hour days guarantee maximum productivity
Nu-uh! Contrary to popular belief, tribes who work shorter days get more done than if they crammed in as much as possible during the typical 9-5. Sweden is actually spearheading the move to a shorter working week, finding that 6 is the magic number when it comes to guaranteeing maximum productivity levels. If you can’t lose a couple of hours, you could always consider offering flexible working as an alternative.
If you break less, you get more done
So then, how about that old notion of working through the lunch break to get work finished? Terrible idea! Not allowing time to break is highly counterintuitive and saps motivation, energy and enthusiasm from tribes. The Draugiem Group conducted an experiment on this using app DeskTime, it discovered that employees with the highest levels of productivity enjoyed a 17-minute break for every 52 minutes of work.
Mistakes must be kept to a minimum
Its about time that the world started accepting that failure isn’t a bad thing, at the very least, it’s a sign that someone tried. Employees shouldn’t live in fear of slipping up and having to confess to their seniors; mistakes are how we learn, grow and flourish. Tribe leaders everywhere should be seen to embrace failure, encourage a culture of openness and own up to their own mistakes to set an example for their team.
Working well individually is more important than working well as a team
All of the very best companies in the world all share one thing in common: they have a world-class team backing them up. Emphasis on the word ‘team’ here; employees may be super skilled individually, but it’s only when they pool their skills and knowledge together do fantastic things happen. A team of heads is better than one!
World-class teams don’t just from out of thin air (if only it were that easy). They must be built and if you’re a tribe leader, that duty is bestowed upon you. If you want to built a greater, happier, more productive team, why not start the journey by swinging through the trees together at your local Go Ape course? Request a quote right here today!