Boost Employee Morale With An Office Barbecue!


Nothing makes a Canadian happier than soaking in some sun while firing up the grill. Think back to your last backyard get-together, surrounded by friends and family. The barbecue was turning out hamburgers, bellies were full, the sun was out and everyone was smiling. Now, imagine taking that mood-boosting activity to the office.

Studies show that small incentives and “fun” company culture lead to happier employees. Beyond that, happy employees are 47% more productive than their gloomy counterparts.

This summer, help put a smile on your employees’ faces. A company barbecue is a fun and simple way to boost office morale, so get out there and enjoy the sunshine (while you can)!

To help you along, here’s a cheat sheet for hosting the ultimate BBQ:

Ultimate Summber BBQ CheatsheetOr, you can skip the work altogether, and enter to win our BBQ lunch giveaway. It’s easy, just fill out this form to enter our random draw at the end of July 2014!

Enter Office Plus BBQ Contest

Good luck and happy grilling!

Simple Ways to Show Appreciation in the Office


Everyone loves to be appreciated, especially for the work they do in the office. Take some time to appreciate your fellow employees with one of the nine simple ways from this article:

Hand-written Notes

By living in such a tech-savvy world, we are used to sending and receiving so many emails that it typically is the main resource for sending out a thank-you to someone that deserves it. Odds are, whoever is receiving this thank-you will quickly scan the message then trash it. Try taking the time to write out a nice letter, it shows that you are appreciative enough of this person that you would take the time out to do something nice for them.

Thank you post-it notes in many different languages.

Small Gestures

A small gesture respecting someone’s comfort and convenience can mean a lot. Even taking an employee’s empty cup or paperwork for them can make their day just a little bit better.

Acknowledge Absences

We all know that when employees take a vacation or even a sick day, their work gets added to your to-do list. Instead of getting frustrated about it, take the work happily then when the person returns, let them know how much they were missed and how important their contribution is to the office.

Give it back

Make sure that when you borrow someone’s supplies that you return them as soon as you are done with them. Don’t let the lender feel annoyed and inconvenienced.

Clean it up

On a busy day, it is really tempting to leave your dishes in the break room sink or your files piled on the conference room table. Schedule some time in your day to clean up your mess, it shows that you respect and appreciate the shared spaces in the office.

Offer Public Praise

Look for opportunities to pay small, genuine compliments around the office. Everyone loves to be told that they did a great job or look great and sometimes those are just what a person needs to brighten their day.

Give Second Chances

Everyone makes mistakes, so show people that you trust them to make things right the second time around.

Celebrate Milestones

You don’t need to shower your colleagues with gifts, but just taking the time to go to them and say “congratulations” on their personal and professional milestones can mean a lot to them.

Leave a Lagniappe

A lagniappe is a small, inexpensive gift such as a flower, hand-drawn doodle, or even a post-it note with a smile on it. Small gestures can make a big difference on a hard day.

Improving Employee Engagement at Work


Your employees are the most important asset of your business. When employees are engaged, they work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They work harder and are more productive. An engaged team is a successful team.

Yet, a recent survey found only 16 percent of Canadian workers are engaged at work.

There are a number of different engagement strategies companies can use to boost this number within their own workforce. One way to promote employee engagement and collaboration is to hold a staff appreciation event.

The Importance of Team Building Events

The arrival of summer presents an excellent opportunity to help employees get to know one another beyond the confines of the office. Try planning an outdoor barbecue or staff picnic to give employees something to look forward to.

Employee Engagement Tips

 These types of events offer an excellent opportunity to improve communication amongst employees, re-establish culture and recognize workers for their efforts.

Here are 25 additional ways to demonstrate employee appreciation without breaking the bank.