We work 40+ hours a week and probably spend more time at the office than we often do at our own homes. In high-stress jobs, such as working at an agency, it is important to bring “fun” into the workplace. People who are in good spirits are more likely to be productive, which is beneficial to your company from a success and profitability perspective.
If you are a senior level manager or above, and you are reading this, I probably have some bad news for you. If you are trying to find tips on how to make the workplace more fun, you probably don’t have the ability to do so or feel pressure to make a change because morale is low. A fun environment cannot be an artificial mask; it has to be sincere.
So, how do you know if you have created a fun workplace?
- Professionalism does not mean being serious all the time
- Your employees understand what fun is in your workplace and what it is not
- You have a team of people that regularly organize events for the office
- Your team spends time reflecting on how to improve the workplace
- People are rewarded for good behavior (e.g. an employee works overtime & is told to take take the next day off, an employee thinks of a new idea and is given a gift certificate for something they enjoy, etc.)
- Practice what you preach – if you don’t want your employees to be stressed and work overtime, then don’t do it yourself
- There are toys, games, snacks around the office. If you want people to stay there, give them incentive to do so
- Your employees have flexibility in their work schedules and can work from home occasionally
- You surprise your employees with something like an unexpected breakfast, happy hour or off site meeting
- You acknowledge your employees’ birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Remember, throwing money at employees isn’t always the answer. The most successful companies also realize flexibility, values, career development and providing mentorship through meaningful experiences are also important elements to minimizing turnover.