Calmly Exit, Then Scream for Ice Cream
Those glaring looks from across the sea of cubicles.
“Interrupt MY work!? I have a job to do!”
“Well, unfortunately, you can’t do your job if you’re on fire, Bob. Come on, let’s evacuate the building. This is a fire drill.”
We’ve all been there.
Having to argue with employees that don’t want to participate in mandatory emergency drills.
There are some ways to address this behavior to make your life better.
- Having their manager send threatening emails about compliance
- Educating them (again) on the importance of drills for their own safety … and having them roll their eyes (again)
But what if there was a better way?
What if there was an incentive system in place that had employees jumping out of their seats and immediately, yet calmly, evacuating the building and heading to the assembly point?
What if you could get this behavior AND have employees THANKING YOU for being the world’s best evacuation coordinator?
One way to accomplish this is to have a table setup at the assembly point ready to serve screamingly-delicious ice cream.
Yes, ice cream.
Yes, you will be bribing them with everyone’s favorite summertime treat.
This is, of course, only after the employee has been accounted for at the assembly point. After check-in, they can go to the ice cream line and get their scoop of sweet.
If done consistantly, drill after drill, this will have your people actually looking forward to the next emergency drill. Heck, they might even stop you in the hall and ask when the next one is. Don’t be surprised if this happens to you.
Isn’t that getting them to comply for the wrong reasons?
It is getting them to comply, period.
Getting them to practice.
Making them go through the motions so that they will be prepared for the real deal.
That is our purpose as evacuation coordinators.
That is our goal.
And this incentive system works. It is based on behavioral science.
Not only will they be more compliant, they will be in a positive mood. This means they will be more receptive and open minded to learning – making them “practice” the drill better than when in a negative, close-minded, mood. Bob, stop being a grouch, have a scoop.
But I don’t have a budget for things I need, let alone ice cream for everyone.
I’ve done some cost analysis for you.
96 people can get 1 scoop each from a 3 gallon tub of ice cream for $69.99.
That’s about $75 for every 100 people in your evacuation or $0.75 per person.
Still having trouble justifying the cost? Because we know this will work and we know how much a headache it can be to get people to evacuate swifty for drills, Headcount will sponsor your ice cream evacuation! You don’t even have to be a Headcount customer. Seriously. Free ice cream. It doesn’t get much better than that. Contact us for details.
But it’s winter time, we can’t have ice cream outside during winter.
That’s why I would like to introduce you to ice cream’s tasty cousin that is perfect for winter treats outside: Hot Chocolate.
Have you tried using incentives like these before? How did it work out for you? What did you learn? Do you have suggestions for other incentives or treats? Tell us in the comments.
PS: There are some common dietary needs to be aware of with your audience like lactose intolerance and vegans – packing fruit popsicles for them will be equally appreciated.