Most of us spend at least nine hours a day, five days a week at work, and while often we don’t think that fun and the workplace mix, studies have shown that a lack of fun can lead to office tenseness and can inhibit creativity. By encouraging employees to enjoy the time they spend at their job and “bring their personalities to work”, as M.P. Mueller, comedian turned CEO explains, your entire office will be happier and more ready to work! Below are 10 tips you can use to incorporate fun in your workplace without compromising success.
- Fun has to come from the top: The leaders of the company have to commit to the fun activities before employees will feel comfortable following suit.
- Be spontaneous: Fun shouldn’t be 100% planned or it can feel like a chore. Do something fun when employees least expect it!
- Creative doesn’t have to be expensive: Doing something as small as getting some chips, salsa and beer (if it’s appropriate) for Cinco de Mayo doesn’t cost much but is an event everyone will remember.
- Paint: Having something besides white walls can make the office seem more comfortable and is a small change people will notice.
- Celebrate success with dessert or other food: Reach a big deadline or hit a sales target? Bring some cookies. People inherently link eating together with enjoying themselves. Plus, who doesn’t love a good cookie?
- Smile: This is possibly the easiest thing to do, but it can bring the most happiness to your office. Seeing bosses and co-workers smiling is a great reminder that it’s important to enjoy the job you do and will make everyone feel more comfortable.
- Design a space for mingling: Eliminating cubicles is a great way to make the office feel more open to conversation and connection. If you do need to keep the cubicles, consider putting games or entertainment in the lunchroom to encourage employees to enjoy themselves.
All of these changes are simple, inexpensive, and effective in putting the fun back into your office. How do you incorporate fun into your workplace?
Compiled from Entrepreneur’s article “Is Your Office a Happy Place, and Inc.com’s article 11 Easy Ways to Make Work Fun