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Top 5 Ideas to engage Millennial Employees with Temporary Tattoos

Sep 6, 2018   |   4 min read

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

If as a Manager, this is what you hear on your work-floor, we don’t envy you. You’ve got quite a task on hand! Millennials (people born post 1982) make up an increasing percentage of today’s workplace. Keeping millennials engaged and committed to their work is an issue that grapples managers everywhere. You, as a Manager (and the HR team) can use a combination of continual Learning & Development (L&D) strategies, employee recognition schemes, flexible working hours, making work exciting etc to engage employees. In addition to these, there is a novel and fun idea to add to employee engagement: Temporary Tattoos. Tattoos are an ancient art form, which have gained popularity among the millennials. In the US, around forty percent of millennials have at least one tattoo, according to Pew Research Center (2015). Your organization may have strict policies regarding visible permanent tattoos, but there is an easy painless removable alternative in the form of Temporary Tattoos.

Here’s presenting the top 5 Employee Engagement ideas with Temporary Tattoos:

yellow post-it with well done message pinned on a board

1Employee Recognition Programs: Add Temporary Tattoos to your recognition programs to make them more colorful and appealing to your millennial employees. You may already be running programs such as Employee of the Week/Month/Quarter/Year Award or Star Performer Awards. Give out wackily designed Temporary Tattoos to your high-performers, along with the citations/medal/cash awards that you have planned. Millennials would love to sport these colorful and highly visible appreciation tokens, and to flaunt them over social media.

employee with a superstar temporary tattoo celebrates with colleagues
Employee with Superstar Temporary Tattoo
Credits: Pinterest
astronaut temporary tattoo on boy's arm
Temporary Tattoo for a high performer
out of this world asteroid tattoo on arm

2. Organize Team-Building activities: Hold a department talent show,award winners with zany Temporary Tattoos. Plan an out-of-office fun event with your team, maybe paintball or bowling or karaoke nights. Celebrate work accomplishments and milestones with team activities. May the best team win Temporary Tattoos, along with other gifts. Out-of-office socializing is a great way for bonding among employees and increasing commitment towards the organization.

employee at a talent show with guitar sporting rad rockstar temporary tattoo
Employee at a Talent Show sporting Temporary Tattoo
Image Credits: Quantam Work Palce
woman sporting hippie-cchick temporary tattoo
Employee sporting ‘Hippie-chick’ tattoo
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Employee sporting Temporary Tattoo for Coolest Skulduggery Award

3. Celebrate Start-Date Anniversaries: Appreciate and celebrate work-anniversaries with cakes, balloons, intranet mentions and wishes, and with Temporary Tattoos. A joyful way to recognize employee loyalty.

minions wishing happy office anniversary
Image Credits: Twitter
Employee peeling off colleague's minion temporary tattoo at work-anniversary celebrations
Employee celebrating work-anniversary with minion temporary tattoo

4. Observe and Celebrate Weird Days:  Plan events and dress up on real and made-up days such as World Penguin Day, National Bromance Day, National Make-up Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, National Blame Someone Else Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day. You can customize and design temporary tattoos for these obscure but super-fun days.

doctors and nurses pose with cockatoo wigs on cockatoo day
Unleash you inner Cockatoo Day
Image Credits: Fortune
cosplay with superhero costumes
Superhero Day
Image Credits: Mock Tug Boat

5. Family Day:Plan and execute a fun family day for employees and their families with tasty food stalls, engaging activities, tele-matches, interactive games for kids and adults, goodie-bags and Temporary Tattoo booths. An exciting family day will help create permanent wonderful memories in your employees’ and their families’ hearts.

Family fun day by Aviva with temporary tattoo booth for employees and families.
Family Fun Day by Aviva with Temporary Tattoo booth for employees and families. 
child getting a temporary tattoo from a volunteer at Aviva Superfundae
Child getting a temporary Tattoo at Family Fun Day

Ready to implement these cool ideas with temporary tattoos to engage your millennial employees? Do let us know in the comments section. If you are a manager/HR personnel/event manager wanting to use temporary tattoos for employee engagement activities/events, please write in to us at Gumtoo has worked with reputed clients such as Deloitte, Unilever,  Intel Malaysia, AirBnB, Grab for their employee events. Drop in an email and we will be happy to assist you with more ideas and designs to exceed your expectations.



Rekha is content strategist and editor at Gumtoo. Rekha is an art and craft enthusiast, she likes working with mixed mediums such as clay, glass and tiles. Fluent in 5 languages, she plans to learn French someday.

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