Don’t Be Afraid To Hit The ‘Play’ Button - How To Motivate Staff With Fun In The Office
You don’t need us to tell you that happy office staff are more productive office staff. So, apart from pay rises, holidays and benefits, what else can you do to increase the happiness levels in your workplace?
Well, how about injecting some good old fashioned fun and games into your office? It would certainly lead to happier workers but wouldn’t it also distract them and keep them from finishing their daily tasks?
Not necessarily. It’s all about striking the right balance.
Breaking out the fun and games can actually help staff relax and then return more productively to their work. It will also help to reduce staff turnover, improve staff loyalty and attract new applicants in today’s competitive marketplace. Obviously, it’s not something you should be allowing to happen all day and every day, but a regular ‘Happy Hour’ - maybe once a week or once a month - can be a great team building exercise and can boost overall wellbeing levels and productivity in one go.
So what sort sort of fun and games can you add into your office to improve staff morale, promote team building and boost communication between your employees?
Popular Pub Games
If you have enough room, then a pool table or dartboard in your office will always be popular with staff. Everyone loves to play pool or darts and you can organise regular tournament for your workers.
You could even introduce a league table with rewards for the annual winners.
Bring some spring to your office with a ping pong table. Again, if you set up a league table you can bring some healthy competition into your workplace whilst keeping everyone entertained and upbeat.
Get some video verve into your office with popular games like Sonic the Hedgehog or Call of Duty. These can be great for staff to have short breaks as most games can be played in as little as three minutes.
As with a pool table, dartboard or table tennis table, it is probably best to keep your office games console in an area which you can keep under lock and key most of the time. It doesn’t mean you don’t trust your staff, but the temptation to overuse your fun facilities might prove too much if strict rules on their usage isn’t applied from the outset.
Make a weekly or monthly shortlist of new films or classic films and get your office staff to vote on which one they’d like to see. Most films are only 90 minutes to two hours long so surely you can spare that much time to get your employees in a feel good mood?
If you are feeling really generous then you could even throw in some popcorn!
Nobody wants to turn their office workplace into a school playground, but done right, and in moderation, your regular Happy Hour could really be the making of your workplace. So, go ahead, not only is it okay to have fun at work, I can be profitable too!