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Make Work Meaningful: Turn Your Next Off-Site Into a FedEx Day
Posted: Wed 04/11/2012 12:00 PM
Behold the company off- site, a few spirit- sapping days of forced fun and manufactured morale— featuring awkward pep talks, wretched dancing, and a few “trust falls.” To be fair, some off- sites reengage employees, recharge people’s batteries, and restart conversations on big issues. But if your organization’s off- sites are falling short, why not try replacing the next one with a FedEx Day? Set aside an entire day where employees can work on anything they choose, however they want, with whomever they’d like. Make sure they have the tools and resources they need. And impose just one rule: People must deliver something— a new idea, a prototype of a product, a better internal process— the following day. Type I organizations know what their Type X counterparts rarely comprehend: Real challenges are far more invigorating than controlled leisure.
Reprinted from DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink by arrangement with Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., Copyright © 2009 by Daniel H. Pink