We are all familiar with the phrase‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Interestingly, work- life can be made more productive by engaging fun activities on your calendar. Hectic schedules, work- overload, approaching deadlines and frictional communication at your workplace can be exhaustive and stressful. It not only leads to unproductivity but affects your mental and physical health too. Often people lose interest in their work because of lack of the fun element!
A team is the most important asset to any organization. Hence, it is necessary for the team to feel fulfilled and happy at their jobs. According to a study conducted by BrightHR at least 79% graduates feel that fun is essential at workplace.
Here a few tips to make your work environment fun and productive:
1. Team-time and team-building: Team- building is fun and helps in establishing healthy relationships with your coworkers. It improves communication and boosts the team’s morale. Take breaks together. You can play music on loudspeaker and sing along. Watch matches or Youtube gigs and laugh together. Going for lunch as a team is a great way to have fun. It helps in forming relationships outside work. Such relationships inspire collaboration back in the office.
2. Have a games room: In order to keep your team motivated and refreshed, encourage them to take regular breaks. Install a games room in your office. Indoor games like carom, chess, dart, etc are not just for fun. They help improve mental capacity and memory retention. It is a good get away to clear their minds for at least 10 minutes. Playing pool at intervals of time will put a smile on their face. Brainstorming becomes easy and productive with such fun activities.
3. Celebrations: Celebrate company’s and each other’s accomplishments. Festivals like Holi, Diwali, Christmas, etc can also be celebrated at office. You can even decorate your office to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries of your colleagues. Organize team parties to celebrate the company’s successes. Mastermind theme parties with a lot of games and gifts! This provides a sense of belongingness to the entire team.
Co- working spaces are becoming a trend. Interestingly, organisations like Google treat their employees with summer parties and picnics, ski camps, etc. However, it is important to strike a balance between work and fun.
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