We’re adults, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun in the workplace, right? Instead of turning off the imaginative and humorous parts of our minds, we should use them to the best of our advantage. My research of company culture and success in this aspect has demonstrated that a happy workplace does lead to happy meetings, happy customers, and ultimately, happy staff members. I know, it’s not really what you’d consider rocket science, but it is sometimes forgotten or misled.
In fact, adding a bit of play into your workplace can improve creation and fulfillment, and increase loyalty to your business and overall employee productivity. I’m glad I got your attention.
So, who supports this concept? Google One of the most popular search engines in the world, Google has grown to develop a positive and well-known reputation for its ability to balance work and play. Google staff members are benefited with several gyms, an indoor slide, swim-in-place pools, Ping-Pong, billiard and foosball tables, the opportunities to design their own workspace and climb ladders between office floors, and much more.
That’s not all. On their website, Google writes, “We put great stock in our employees—energetic, passionate people from diverse backgrounds with creative approaches to work, play and life.” Well, sure. What individuals would appreciate and enjoy those perks if they weren’t fun and energetic?
Google also writes, “Our offices and cafes are designed to encourage interactions between Googlers within and across teams, and to spark conversation about work as well as play.” How I see it—adult playtime encourages interaction, interaction encourages ideas and ideas encourage success. It’s no wonder the initial research project that is now Google has progressively been ranked among others as a top company to work for in America.
An online shoe and clothing retailer, Zappos is also known for their effective work-play atmosphere. On their website, Zappos writes, “We try our hardest to make Zappos a fun work environment. Happy employees = happy customers, that’s our philosophy! We often stop work and participate in fun activities like cultural events, team-building exercises, and parades. It’s great to work for a company that encourages fun and weirdness!” I agree.
What else does Zappos offer to their staffers? Ping-Pong, air hockey, foosball and pool tables, an employee library (yes, I consider reading to be fun), half-day Fridays, and free food and coffee options in their cafe, allowing the opportunity for conversation and idea exchanging.
Yeah, you know us! At HealingRadiusPro, a work-play atmosphere is also encouraged, as a Friday afternoon doesn’t end without a Ping-Pong match or a fun activity, such as charades or karaoke. Every day of the week, “tea time” is provided for employees to rest their hard-working minds and chitchat with others in a common area. We also believe in potlucks and monthly birthday celebrations—complete with cake, cards and presents. Steps you can take:
Recruit energized and fun staffers who believe in creativity, adventure, open-mindedness, confidence and determination
Plan daily, weekly or monthly events and activities, like socials, company blood drives and birthday parties and corporate challenges
Offer amenities for employees to meet, conversate and eat their meals, such as a coffee bar, bistro or break room
Allow the opportunity for employees to include their children in workday activities, such as Bring Your Child to Work Day or family-inspired celebrations like Halloween parties
Implement a poll on what drives and motivates your employees for creative ideas and overall productivity
Think of it this way: The company that plays together, stays together. You might’ve been contemplating different ways to motivate your staff, encourage their minds or increase their productivity levels, but the answers have been lying in a game room or on a Ping-Pong table this whole time.
Did you love learning about the benefits of a work-play atmosphere? Let us know how you bring play to your workplace in the comments below or email us your own blog to share!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.