Listen, if you’re a business owner, you know that work needs to get done. Life isn’t all about fun and games, and within your workspace, you will need to have some rules in place to ensure your employees don’t spend the entirety of their days goofing around.
However, consider the saying:
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
It makes Jill a dull girl too, and John isn’t enthused about a day spent working himself to the bone! Poor old Jasper is busy looking at the job classifieds because he’s forever exhausted in his busy working environment, and Jemima? Well, she’s no longer sat in her office chair because she just couldn’t take it any more. She’s now performing on a cruise ship as an entertainer!
You get the point. If the motto for your business is ‘all work and no play,’ your employees might:
- Be less productive because of boredom and tiredness
- Be less likely to stick around for the long-term
They might also…
- Experience burnout
- Need time off work due to exhaustion
- Goof around anyway to relieve the way they are feeling
As you will understand, your business might suffer if any of the above is true of your employees. While they are coming to work to…well… work, they do need to let off a little bit of steam. To this end, having fun at work is important.
Don’t believe us?
Well, studies have shown that…
Fun at work can boost productivity and reduce absenteeism
So, while finding ways to introduce fun into the workplace might seem counter intuitive, it actually has its advantages.
When your employees are happier, they are more likely to put the work in. A positive mindset improves productivity, and a more relaxed atmosphere can counter any feelings of stress that could later result in burnout. Fun at work also breeds loyalty – your employees are less likely to leave you in the lurch – and you might also attract new hires to your business if they can see that your workplace isn’t akin to dullsville.
So, how could you implement fun and play? Well, here are a few ideas.
Have a games area
When it’s time for your employees to take a break, let them play a few games to let off steam. You could create a break area with a pool table or a ping pong table, for example, as well as those classic cornhole games that are enduringly popular with many. You can find them here.
Go out together
The more you can do together the better, as you will build up a sense of friendship and camaraderie between your employees. Find fun things to do on a night out, or do something as a team during the daytime, perhaps on a Friday afternoon if all work has been completed on time.
Break up the day with silliness
You don’t want people to goof around all day, but a few minutes here and there can break the monotony. So, you could encourage people to tell jokes, or you could have spontaneous nerf gun battles. You could also blast out music occasionally to get everybody dancing. Silly? Yes, but if it means your employees are happier, your business will experience the benefits.
So, don’t let Jack and Jill. become unproductive. Don’t lose Jasper or Jemima to other jobs. And be mindful of the needs of Jim, Jack, John, and Jezebel, who will all appreciate a little bit of fun and play to inspire them to do better at work.
Work and play – it’s a fine balance – but for the needs of your employees and your business, you should do what you can to achieve it.