Even when employees love their jobs, following the same routine every day can get monotonous and lead to boredom. And while each employee's day-to-day work is key to your company's success, it can also be beneficial to push employees to step away from their routines.

At one company of about 200 employees, most have a few big projects they're expected to complete each quarter. These projects offer employees the opportunity to complete work that is different from their daily responsibilities. The projects are intended to address issues the company is facing. By completing the projects, every employee is making a contribution to helping the company move forward and grow.

With these quarterly projects, employees face a new challenge each quarter and feel like they're truly making an impact on the business. This keeps them engaged and less likely to face boredom.