10 Dec

Inject Some Fun Into Your Office

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 10.12.12 by John Meloche

With the holiday season fast approaching, many people are going into work each day with a new sense of purpose. For some people, working extra hard and putting in more hours to make a few more bucks for Christmas shopping is the goal. For others, wanting Christmas to hurry up and get here over takes the responsibilities of the business day.

No matter what, this time of year should be a fun one. Even though most of us are about to go on holiday, there’s no reason why the time leading up to the year-end break shouldn’t be enjoyable. Keep in mind that the happier a staff is, the more productive they usually are. Want to end your year of well? Consider the many ways in which working can be made more fun.

On FastCompany.com, Tom Stern (ironically) writes that “research at California State University Long Beach showed that people who have fun at work are more creative, more productive, work better with others and call in sick less often.” To help your office reap the benefits of such findings, Stern offers up some tips on how to make your office a more fun place to be.

Casual Dress Days. “Casual Friday has been done to death,” writes Stern. So why not implement this once-a-week tradition during varying days of the week each week? This will shake things up a bit and give your employees a little bit more of a sense of enjoyment by being able to express their individualism at unconventional times. Create a more relaxed working environment, and you’re bound to have better workers.

Set Up Workout Equipment. Stern isn’t saying to turn your office into a gym. But he is saying that a section of it should be dedicated to fitness and health. Giving your employees opportunities to get in a bit of exercise at different points of the day will help them to get up more energy. Get their blood flowing and spirits up with the option to take small exercise breaks. This is highly beneficial for both productivity, happiness and well-being.

Bring In A Karaoke Machine. Things seem to just work out better when all things at work aren’t always about work. Stern recommends setting up “American Idol”-like contests during the lunch breaks. Perhaps, the machine would also be of great use to liven things up during morning meetings. Reverse the roles and make bosses contestants while employees judge. Fun is inevitable!

Parking Spaces Up For Grabs. Introduce an incentive for timeliness, says Stern. On certain days of the week, you may want to offer the parking spaces of upper management to any employee who gets to work before them. This will inspire the friendly competitive nature that often works to increase productivity in the workplace. Not to mention, it gives employees another chance to light-heartedly get one over on the bosses.

It’s no secret that the Synergy Marketing staff enjoys having fun in the office. It has definitely helped to develop the competitive nature that drives our productivity. Our Vice President of Marketing, John Meloche is no stranger to having fun in the office. This is evidenced by his role in the recent “Work To Do” video by Toronto hip-hop duo, Perfeck Strangers. Want to have some fun? Check out the blooper reel below!

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