Happy employees are healthier and more productive – so check the importance of having fun in the workplace
So many times, I hear people say, “Oh we should have a long weekend every weekend!!” And how cool would that be? Just to only work 4 days and have the other 3 off 😊
While most people, generally, would rather spend time with their friends and family than be at work, there’s no need for work days to be all dull and boring. It’s okay to have a little fun as well. After all, most of us may have to work the 5-day week and some even longer.
Putting some time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can create positive vibes for employees, colleagues, and even the bosses and clients. Here are 3 good reasons why fun should be part of our everyday working life.
Having fun at work improves communication!
Enjoying time with your work mates in more chilled and fun surroundings encourages honest and open discussions. If employees can all get along at work, rather than just being ‘other people’ we work with, then they’ll work better together and communicate more effectively.
Having fun with people at work or play is a great way to learn how each other tick. What we like, don’t like and build habits that create understanding. This gets us/them to better understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses and where the lines are drawn.
Fun at work creates creativity!
Most people will agree that young children often learn best when they are playing, interacting with other children; well the same applies to adults.
Everybody’s ability to learn gets better when the job you have been given is enjoyable and they’re in a relaxed mood. Play can create imagination, helping people to problem solve.
When there’s a buzz in the air, work mates become more enthusiastic and have lots of conversations about how their work is going and often will help if they see someone might be struggling.
Happy employees are healthier employees!
Happy and content employees who have fun at work are more likely to avoid the effects of stress and anxiety.
The health effects that happiness has on your work place will also help to reduce absence and increase productivity. If workers are generally healthier because of the increased fun they’re having in the office, then they’ll take less time off due to sickness or just simply not wanting to go to work. Again, wishing for that long weekend … EVERY weekend.
Anger and anxiety in the work place can create negative feelings of not wanting to be there. Negative emotions are no good for you. Constant stress or fear can alter biological systems and over time, will wear you down, and eventually, can cause such things as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.