Work is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be boring. It is completely possible for you and your employees to enjoy your jobs. Fun workplaces also improve employee engagement, job satisfaction, and even, productivity. Here are a few ideas you can use to make your workplace more fun:
Generally, you have more fun with people you know than with strangers. So, knowing the people you work with can make it more fun. Try to facilitate ways for employees to get to know each other. Plan activities and casual get-togethers out of the office. If getting together in-person is not practical, there are fun things you can do with your team virtually. According to research from Gallup there is a concrete link between having a best friend at work and the amount of effort employees expend in their job.
People love to be recognized for what they do, and you and your employees are no exception. Take the time to celebrate the little victories and individual accomplishments. This can include making sure to recognize every employee’s birthday with something as simple as a card. Celebrating the small things will help employees find the fun in their work and enjoy their job much more.
Switch Things Up
Doing the exact same things every day, without change can get to be boring. Occasionally, switch things up to add variety into yours and your employees’ lives. You can add an at-work social activity to break up work, or create new learning opportunities. Changing things around just slightly can help people to be more actively engaged in work and have fun with new experiences. Of course, stability is essential to having a functioning company, so don’t change anything too drastically or you’ll end up creating stress for your employees.
You and your employees spend so much time at work, it makes sense to make the experience as positive as possible. Use these ideas to make work more fun for everyone.