Why is fun at work so important?
“Fun at work” might sound like an oxymoron. There is the assumption that work is meant to be taken seriously, and there is little time for entertainment. In reality, there is truth and value to the statement. You might find yourself wondering, “Why is fun at work so important?”
Inspires employees to socialize outside of work
Having a bit of fun at work by encouraging team lunches and breaks, along with doing team building activities, can motivate employees to get to know each other better. As a result, this can inspire employees to socialize outside of work. Developing a positive relationship can motivate employees to be more proactive together, and offer one another better support at work.
Improve communication and comprehension skills
While a serious work environment can promote necessary and prompt communication, motivating employees with some fun can inspire them to better communicate with one another and comprehend what is being explained. When more of an employee’s personality comes out, this allows employees to get to know each other on a deeper level. The better the understanding, the more the possibility of better communication and comprehension.
Motivate employees to be more productive
Productivity can increase with a bit of fun. As a result of increased feelings of joy, there also comes increased energy. Doing a morning exercise together, such as yoga or a fun ice breaker, can inspire employees for the rest of the day. When you feel good on the inside then you tend to have more potential to feel more productive.
Increases job satisfaction
Whether it’s a monthly potluck or a team meeting that includes snacks and laughter, giving employees a reason to look forward to work can increase job satisfaction. Feeling excited to go to work can motivate an employee to do better, simply because they enjoy being a part of the team.
Promotes better mental health
Constant seriousness at work can promote anxiety and stress. While some stress is good to get the job done, too much stress can be counterproductive for employees in the work setting. A work environment that incorporates a bit of fun can also promote better mental health. Having a reason to smile and sigh in a more relaxed manner can release unwanted feelings of stress, while also alleviating some work related anxiety.
Having fun at work comes with many benefits. It can inspire employees to socialize outside of work, improve communication and comprehension skills, motivate employees to be more productive, increase job satisfaction, and promote better mental health. A bit of fun at work promotes overall wellness. In fact, it can also inspire employees for the better.
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