Boost morale at work using HR Data: Waffle Fridays
HR Data: What fun things can you do to boost morale at work?
And how do you know it’s worth doing? Here’s Avitech, backing up their Waffle Fridays with HR data:
Every Friday, the office smells extra good at Avitech Bratislava.
If you stick your head into the kitchen, you will find a small group of colleagues who have volunteered to buy ingredients and bake waffles for their 60 colleagues.
It’s breakfast time!
“Waffle Fridays happen every week. It lets us do something for our coworkers without having any expectations or any kind of reward”, says Branislav Klco, Managing Director.
“It simply makes relations better here in our office.”
Creative ideas for employee engagement
Waffle Fridays is one of many creative ideas for employee engagement we’ve heard here at Celpax. It’s an easy breakfast for a group of employees.
But it’s not just about what you do, but also how you do it. And who does it.
What might work at one company, might not fly at another.
Branislav feels that their weekly activity helps improves social texture and boost morale at work.
So together we analyzed their daily employee morale data to see if the data would back that statement.
So do the staff like their Waffle Fridays? Does it boost morale at work? Let’s look at the HR data
As the coworkers daily press the red or green Celpax button, answering “How was your day?”, Avitech have a baseline showing how people typically feel: 60-70% normally press green.
Lately, their tech workers’ morale has been recovering from some organizational changes.
This chart shows the employee engagement history for each day of the week, during the last 90 days:
This graph shows that Fridays are greener at Avitech. In fact, the sentiment in the last 90 days is 10% greener on Fridays.
These HR analytics seems to suggest that people do like the waffles they get from their colleagues each Friday!
And how does the sentiment analysis evolve over time?
It might be a good idea to use HR analytics to monitor if the activity is wearing off or not.
At some point the Waffle Friday would have to be improved, complemented, replaced, etc… the HR analytics can show you the way to when it’s time to change:
In this chart we see that the company is quickly recovering from some recent changes:
“I started asking why the staff mood was trending down so quickly”, says Branislav.
“I promised our people that if they proposed feedback and gave indications to management, then we would start investigating. From then it started going up and the employee retention rate got better”, he says.
But hang on, aren’t people just happier cause its Friday?
Is it the waffles making the Fridays better, or are people just happier because it’s Friday?
Maybe people just enjoy the fact that it’s Friday and the staff morale would be greener regardless of the yummy waffle activity?
Branislav cross checked their HR data with the Celpax employee engagement index. It’s based on offices, where people also usually work Monday to Friday (European index, excluding blue collar sites).
This is what he found out about how staff feel leaving their workplace on Fridays:
Happy Friday at work?
And yes, turns out there is a Friday effect!
People enjoy their Fridays at work more at the other offices too, but the difference seems to be smaller.
Oh, and you’re probably also noticing how the end of the year took a toll on the staff morale in the offices across Europe (and how Avitech is on a reversed trend, go Avitech!).
Fridays’ Impact on the Employee Mood KPI
The next step was to take the Mood KPI from Fridays at Avitech and subtract the Mood KPI for the other days of the week.
So say goodbye to the HR data from Monday to Thursday.
This way you can analyze the actual gap between the two datasets, and see the evolution in the HR data analytics over time.
Here are Avitech’s figures:
OK… Now let’s have a look at the other offices, here’s the European employee engagement index:
Voila! Say hello to the Waffle Friday effect
We can see how Avitech’s Friday impact is much higher (ranging + 5 – 10%) than the impact of Fridays in other European offices (ranging + 0-4%) in the employee satisfaction index.
So the staff morale in European offices is typically 3% higher on Fridays, simply because it’s Friday. Guess people are excited about hitting the weekend
But at Avitech we’re talking 10 % higher employee sentiment thanks to their Waffle Fridays.
So the office just doesn’t smell good on Fridays. It FEELS good too.
Perhaps so good their talent will add another year to their employee tenure? Or two or three!
PS. Applying advanced analytics to their HR management decisions, their Mood KPI today is 76% green. Got other office breakfast ideas for work for Avitech? Or other Fun Fridays at work ideas to compare with? Let us know!
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