Just think about it. We spend more time at work than at home and if we cannot find ways to make our work place fun, then our lives will just be one of drudgery and boredom. Research has shown that workplaces that incorporate a little bit of fun tend to be more productive and the employees are happier.
Fun work places have more self-motivated employees who will ensure that they come to work early, work harder, take less sick leave and offer more creative ideas. Never forget the adage that says “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.
How then can you make your work place fun?
You can try starting each day with a little team building exercise. It doesn’t have to take the whole day; just 15 minutes of exercises that engender trust, open and improve communication lines and gives room for creativity will produce a less stressful environment all around.
Provide a location for employees to relax and just chill out with video games, pool boards, table tennis or whatever else can fit into the office space.
Laugh at silly jokes on the internet. Laughter is always good medicine for the soul. It is a stress reliever and douses tension in the office. You will feel more comfortable in an environment where there is much laughter so long as such laughter is not meant to be condescending or excessively distracting.
Make presentations fun. It is said that Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos banned the use of Powerpoint presentations in company meetings and rather opted for fun narrative stories. This helped his team to see the pictures clearer in their minds; it also helped them retain information longer and thus became more efficient.
Life is meant to be enjoyed so whether you spend most of it at work or at home. There are many ways to spice it up so that we do not become too bored or easily depressed. While incorporating fun at work is very good, we should beware not to make the fun become the work, thereby defeating the original purpose.
What activities can you incorporate in your workplace to make it a fun place?
Could you have a small ‘fun committee’ of 3 or 4 people to think through ideas, be the fun champions and execute?
Have you even ever thought that your work place can be fun? Why not?
Perhaps you started making your work place a fun place but it got out of hand. How and why? Kindly share with us in the comments section.