Have you ever done CrossFit?
Even if not, you’ve probably heard stories about the tight-knit culture, addictive workout atmosphere and even the unique language and acronyms they use for various workout terms, all of which make it feel like an exclusive club.
Though CrossFit itself may not be for everyone, the techniques used to motivate members and create an engaged, interactive community are relevant for all companies. Here are a few tips for employee engagement taken from the pages of the CrossFit manual:
Establish an Rx.
Every “WOD” (workout of the day) includes an Rx—a prescribed weight or form associated with the exercises.
These weights can be quite challenging for most participants, but if you’re able to accomplish the WOD at the Rx level, you feel fantastic and know that next time you can work on better form or timing. If you can’t, you have a good understanding of what you need to work towards and can concentrate on making incremental improvements.
The same goes for workplace goals. Benchmarks and objectives are essential to driving better performance and encouraging employees to reach and surpass expectations.
Put results on the ‘whiteboard.’