Ask anyone what they dislike most about their jobs, and chances are that the drudgery of routine will feature high in their answer.
That’s one of the reasons corporate workers embrace occasions like Cake Day. It’s not that they’re obsessed with red velvet; rather, it’s because that half an hour gives them a break from the day-to-day tedium of cubicles, deadlines and canteens.
That’s also why anything that can be perceived as an ‘adventure’ in the office is outstandingly stimulating. After all, we all love the notion of adventure, in every area of our lives. It’s a throwback to those idyllic days of childhood, when anything seemed possible – even being kidnapped by a pirate with a penchant for snacking on unicorn horns.
There’s something about the unlikeliness of adventure that thrills us. Being adventurous means challenging the norms, allowing yourself to be swept up in a sense of purpose, and moving towards your higher self. It’s about knowing that you matter, knowing that you can make a contribution to a bigger cause.
This is the very antithesis of most corporate environments, where staffers typically feel as though they are cogs in a giant wheel whose greatest effort is insignificant. Small wonder their souls have shrivelled, and with them their propensity for engagement and their productivity.
The secret to reversing this dynamic is simple: Introduce adventure. Create a vision of a journey into newness; a space where people feel that their essential beings can take flight.
You’ll find that their response is euphoric, and with euphoria comes discretionary effort – it’s that push to encourage them to go the extra mile. It’s the difference between doing the bare minimum, and giving your all as a default.
Let us show you how.
Guy Martin is the founder & Managing Director of Blueprints: assisting CEOs to drive growth by increasing the alignment of their people to business goals by 50% within an 18 month period.