Why fun at work ?
Six reasons why fun in the office is the future of work
Happy employees are healthier employees
The health effects that happiness has on your workforce will also help to reduce absence costs and reduce presenteeism. If your workers are generally healthier as a result of the increased fun they’re having in the office, then they’ll take less time off due to sickness. Introduce more fun activities into your workplace, and health and wellbeing initiatives, and you should be able to track the positive effect on absence rates via your HR system.
Having fun makes employees more productive
When an employee feels low or sad for any reason, their motivation drops, they may withdraw and communicate less, and may generally be less productive.
There will always be unavoidable events in our lives that make us unhappy, but we cope better and recover faster when we’re surrounded by happiness, support and friendship.
Workplace isolation and low morale are on the rise
The increasing normalization of work-from-home and remote-friendly policies will elevate the need to fight isolation through culture-building fun.
Introducing light-hearted fun activities is a surefire way to boost morale. In that same Lattice survey, nearly 25% of teams had actively introduced games for the purpose of morale-boosting. On the topic of morale, one respondent wrote that “virtual team lunches have been really fun for our team.”
Fun improves collaboration between teammates
Research has revealed that employees with friends at work are twice as likely to be engaged than those without friends at work. That engagement level has a direct impact on almost all aspects of work.
According to leadership adviser and New York Times bestselling author Annie McKee, friendship is one of the keys to being happy at work.
“One of the most pernicious myths in today’s organizations is that you don’t have to be friends with your coworkers. Common sense and my decades of work with people and companies show the exact opposite. Love and a sense of belonging at work are as necessary as the air we breathe.”
Having fun encourages advocacy
Fun breeds creativity
Individuals’ ability to learn improves when the task at hand is enjoyable and they’re in a relaxed mood. Play can also stimulate imagination, helping people adapt and problem solve.
Creative environments have an atmosphere and activity that is easily distinguishable. There’s a buzz in the air, colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and there are lots of conversations happening.
This creative culture can be nurtured by injecting fun initiatives into employees’ daily lives. Challenges and problem-solving exercises, whether as a result of day-to-day activity or introduced in the form of competitions or initiatives, are an effective way to increase innovation within the workforce.