Research shows that companies whose employees are happy are more likely to be engaged in their work, and they are way more productive than others. Considering that behind any thriving business, there are always satisfied and capable employees working their way to success it is a fact that employers should take note of.
What most Fortune 500 companies have in common is that they know how to keep their employees happy, and they do that by experimenting and improving the company culture. In fact, they allow workers to have fun while on the job, and this allows them to come to work full of energy, ready and motivated to work.
Here are many ways to make the workplace a fun place to be. Let’s find out how.
#1 Promoting Fun
The first step to creating a fun workplace is to start promoting fun as an essential element in the office. This will be your responsibility as the manager since you will have to make the decision if you want to allow your team members to inject some fun into their work. Considering that you are the one calling the shots – and as such creating the unique culture of the company, you can make any change in the rules that you have your employees working by.
So give your employees the permission to have fun, introduce some friendly competitions or games and offer the appropriate time and space to have fun at the office. This way you can create your own ‘work hard, play hard’ policy.
#2 Wokring in a Friendly Atmosphere
Nobody likes to work in a hostile and busy work environment that only focuses on increasing productivity and performance. While these are essential elements for company success, they can easily drive your employees to burnout. Not only is this stressful but it also accomplishes the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Every employee likes to be heard, so create an environment where all opinions are respected, work on developing employees relationships in and out of the office and develop a positive attitude to work. This should allow employees to be more relaxed within their work environment and have fun at the same time.
#3 The Entrepreneurial Mindset
A great way to allow your employees to have fun is to give them the incentive to enjoy freedom as part of their work. What you can do is encourage employees to see themselves as leaders at any level. This is something many successful entrepreneurs are doing in an attempt to promote entrepreneurial thinking, creativity and innovation within their teams.
Helping employees adopt the entrepreneurial mindset will allow them to see themselves as entrepreneurs and become more inspired, passionate and dedicated to their work.
#4 Having Clear Goals
Without clear goals, a team can easily get disorganized and as such become less efficient or focused on what they need to do for the company. When this happens, not only does each employee’s performance decrease, but also their job-related happiness.
However, when you set clear expectations about what and how it needs to be done, then employees are more than happy and willing to listen to you. The best way you do it is to introduce new measures and change the way you currently communicate with them so that you ensure you are constantly on the same page.
Making the workplace a more enjoyable place is easy. You just have to make a few changes in your current policies, bring table tennis into the office and encourage employees to get actively involved in what’s going on within the company.
So do you think your workplace is a fun place to be? If yes, what makes it fun? Let me know in the comments section below…