21 Jun Productive Fun Workplace Environments
If you’re looking to increase productivity in the workplace, allowing employees to have more fun could be the way forward. Research from the University of Warwick has found that making the workplace an enjoyable place to be can have tangible positive effects and that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12%.
Why a fun workplace is a productive workplace
A strong and positive company culture is by far one of the most effective ways to motivate employees. If everyone is engaged with their work, then they are more likely to work harder and go above and beyond expectations. In addition, encouraging a sense of fun within the workplace fosters a creative culture which increases innovation. All of which will reap massive rewards for the business. Here are some more ways that instilling a sense of fun can benefit the office:
It boosts success – Take some time out of the day and encourage a break for fun. It can really lift spirits and boost success. Through small breaks and activities, you will create a friendlier, happier and healthier environment.
You become a cohesive unit – Setting clear goals and creating a sense of direction helps to build camaraderie amongst the team as they are all working towards the same outcome. In turn, they can help to encourage and motivate one another.
It inspires entrepreneurial thinking – Ensure that you encourage employees to see themselves as leaders at every level. This will help them to feel highly motivated and invested in their work. This means that they feel more dedicated to their job, and in turn will encourage and inspire colleagues, resulting in being able to think creatively and generate fresh ideas.
It encourages collaboration – Through fun activities, you offer employees the opportunity to share ideas and create a culture of open communication. When people feel equally invested in overall goals, they feel valued and satisfied with their work.
It creates healthy competition – From mini competitions to success in every day work, ensure that you acknowledge the work that your team members do and reward their efforts with incentives and rewards. By being recognised for their work, employee satisfaction is improved.
Creating a fun environment
So, we’ve looked at the benefits that fun can bring to the workplace, but how can you enable this within a workplace environment?
The main thing is to take employee’s views into account. Talk to them to find out what they want to get out of their workspace. This will also ensure that you get a space that works for everyone and is fully utilised. There’s no point spending money on what you think people will like, only to find later down the line that it could have been better spent on something else.
With this in mind, there is no one size fits all in terms of what a ‘fun’ office looks like. Some companies such as Google are often cited for their unusual and cool offices, but it has still got to fit in with your company culture.
Some popular features include a gaming area, featuring something like a foosball or pool table. The aim of these break out areas, is to create a space that invites relaxed and informal discussions. For example, creative ideas and new perspectives might be sparked whilst having a game of ping pong.
One example of a company that has reinvented its workplace is provider of outsourced telephony services, Moneypenny. They started by surveying all 500 employees to find out what their ideal office would look like.
Alongside quirky features such as a village-style pub, sun terrace and treehouse meeting room, there are some more functional aspects to create a sociable working environment. Whilst other features are designed to enhance each employee’s wellbeing and happiness, such as individually controlled desk lighting, subsidised healthy food and window views.
Not only is fun beneficial for the business, it is essential for creating a strong team of employees. Just as children learn better through play, the same goes for adults too, helping to improve communication and collaboration.
Taking the time to play and have fun is a great way to learn about each other and better understand boundaries, strengths and weaknesses, resulting in a stronger team. So the next time you want to boost productivity in the workplace, look at how you and your team can have some fun first.
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