Striking a harmonious balance between a fun, enjoyable event that fits in with the company’s values and image can often appear as a tough task for managers or executives looking to spice up the lifestyles of their employees and create some enthusiasm. Professionalism and informality are like oil and water – they simply don’t mix. Yet a fusion and balance between these two elements form the basis of a company or employee event.
Hosting an event that’s too informal risks damaging the reputation, image, or sense of expectations within a company. Meanwhile, playing it safe and making an event too professional results in infamously boring events that detract from the original purpose of letting employees unwind or enjoy themselves. Corporate comedy, as some call it, has spawned an impressively large industry of comedians whose PG humor is so impotent that the crowd only recognizes the punchlines of a performance when the comedian pauses.
What does this mean? Are companies forever doomed to face this dilemma of too boring or too risqué when planning for events? Believe it or not, there’s a way to reliably design events for your employees that will be both stimulating and appropriate. There are already a number of organizations existing that are looking to make corporate events more vibrant. However, the problem is knowing how to choose and plan events that fit with your company’s culture and sit well with employees. Fortunately, SAP SuccessFactors offers businesses a comprehensive suite to diagnose these tastes and design events that make the most out of company resources.
Building a Background Understanding of Employees
The foremost consideration a company should have when planning events should center on information and patterns in a workforce that are implicitly available. This means that a company should account for the most basic things that determine whether the event is even viable or not. For example, whether most of the employees have free time during the scheduled event time constitutes one of these preliminary considerations.
SuccessFactors allows your managers and executives a 360-degree perspective of these contingencies so your company will never have to contend with oversights such as planning an event when no one is available or choosing an event toward which your employees have no interest or associations. Administrative tools such as the Employee Central feature or logistical, flow-optimizing tools such as Performance or Recruiting management to allow your company to create a robust general outline capturing the background context of your employees.
Characterizing the Company Culture
The key to getting the most out of employee events is finding an event that fits within a large majority of the professional and personal tastes of each employee. Of course, going around asking and making a record of this information is both inefficient and invasive, so the planning process requires companies to integrate some sort of evaluative feature for this purpose. This is where the utility of the SAP SuccessFactor suite comes into play.
While SAP SuccessFactors primarily aims to make the employment process much more fluid by allowing managers and executives to manage the organizational and logistical elements of hiring through a software and a centralized account, it is possible to work in questions that evaluate the employee as an individual as part of this process.
For instance, the OnBoarding tool allows new employees to rapidly become acquainted with their new colleagues, the objectives of the business, and to understand their role in the wider context of the company. In addition to greatly raising employee retention rates after one year, the OnBoarding tool allows new and old employees a medium to introduce themselves and to track their connections with others on the team
Therefore, vital information on employee relationships, preferences, and hierarchies can be visualized with ease using the OnBoarding tool. This allows event planners to better anticipate, understand, and capitalize on social trends within the company.
Calibrating and Improving Future Experiences
While we’d all prefer for the investment and thought given towards a company event to lead to its success, it’s also inevitable that things just might not work out sometimes and a meticulously planned event ends up flopping. It’s natural that some things simply will be outside our control, but we’re not limited to standing around and watching.
The Reporting and Analytics feature of SuccessFactors is multipurpose with regard to data collection on issues relevant to your company. So, you’ll be able to form educated guesses based on evidence regarding why an event failed. Adjusting and tweaking the nature of the experience based on the statistical data provided from SuccessFactors will allow you to quickly identify trends in your company culture and relate those trends to the extent of a company event’s success or failure.
Company events are notorious for managing in a manner that produces consistent results because many planners use approaches that are guesswork or approximations. SuccessFactors will allow your company to really delve into and better understand the specific interests and culture of its employees based on a systematic, evidence-based process. The wide application of the diagnostic and evaluative features of SuccessFactors make it ideal for planning employee events that are both tasteful and enjoyable.