There's nothing like an international football tournament to get the nation together. We caught a bit of World Cup fever and supported England through to the semi-finals. We enjoyed sending out hundreds of sweepstake posters to our clients and getting our Associates involved in the team spirit – not forgetting a 10ft inflatable footballer outside our office! If you're looking to get your employees engaged and excited like England engaged the country, there are definitely some tips to be taken from the World Cup.So the World Cup has finished, and what a month it’s been! 2018 was the first time England made it to the semi-finals since their defeat to West Germany in 1990. Although the World Cup is a football tournament, there are some important employee engagement lessons that can be taken from our country’s sporting triumph.
Support from your teammates gets you a long way
The way the country got behind the England team is inspiring, and the same positive attitude and enthusiasm doesn’t have to be limited to the pitch! Supporting and encouraging your colleagues can have a positive impact on their work and performance. There is so much to be said about recognising your colleagues for a job well done, receiving a recognition in any form; be it an email, internal communications or even through a dedicated reward and recognition programme encourages the same types of positive behaviour in the future.
Working towards a more ambitious goal has a better impact on performance
When England embarked on the 2018 World Cup, they didn’t foresee getting to the semi-finals after a turbulent journey thus far, but setting their minds to an ambitious goal with the support of their manager saw the team exceed a goal that hasn’t been achieved in 28 years. The team had their eyes of the World Cup trophy and were so determined to bring it home!
Set your employees a goal that will take them further than what is usually expected, but ensure you have a suitable incentive to coincide with it. If you want to recognise employees for a job well done, implementing an employee recognition scheme that works alongside the goal will increase results. Keep their spirits high as they aim for that end goal!