If the thought of spending a day slaving away at your desk has your co-workers and boss giving you pitying looks, it’s time to change. Making your working environment fun is a great way to keep your focus and creativity strong and can even help you stay healthy. Take these five steps to create your fun workplace.
1. Have a games area
This is the most obvious way to make your work more enjoyable, but some people don’t think of it. Have a designated area where you can bring games, games consoles, and other devices such as computers. This can be your own space or in an empty office if that’s not practical. Playing games you are passionate about will keep the blood flowing and your brain working at a high level. This also enables employees to make friends and build trust, leading to more effective teamwork.
Fun games at the workplace also increase motivation as both the player and their teammate try to work harder to achieve the goal. Also, games can help you become attuned and mentally active if your work involves repetitive tasks. This can lead to more efficient work and fewer mistakes.
2. Encourage friendships
You are more likely to work harder if you feel like your co-workers are interested in you as a person, not just an employee. You can encourage friendships by getting to know your colleagues’ interests and making sure they get to know yours, too. This can be as simple as talking about music at lunchtime or going out for drinks after work.
In the workplace, friendships also make people more productive by helping them feel less stressed, and it’s not hard to see why. If you have a like-minded friend to keep you company, you will feel less like a lone soldier and more like part of the team.
3. Encourage hobbies at work
If you are interested in flying, why not get your colleagues interested in you and have model planes as a distraction? Or, if you are into music, why not have a karaoke machine or set up a band? As long as what you bring is not intrusive or affecting the working environment, it’s worth a try. You can also encourage hobbies by having lunchtime activities such as swimming or playing sport. Hobbies also enable employees to make friends and build trust, leading to more effective teamwork.
4. Celebrate small wins
Small wins are hard to come by, so don’t be afraid to celebrate them. A small win might be someone bringing in a new idea that wasn’t expected or completing an important task that was put off for too long. Celebrate these victories and encourage your colleagues to do the same. Not only will you have a stronger sense of belonging, but the culture at work will also become much more positive.
You can celebrate small wins by awarding the winners custom trophies such as bands or custom cast medals. You will create a positive atmosphere and encourage good work to be rewarded. This also encourages employees to have a more positive outlook, which helps them stay healthy.
5. Go out together
Just because you are all at work doesn’t mean you have to sit in and do your job. Go for lunch, after-work drinks, or even to the beach on a sunny day. If you are good friends with your colleagues, they will be more fun to work with. It’s also a great way to learn about who they are outside of work, which might give you valuable insights into how they can improve their abilities in their role.
Going out together is an easy way to improve the atmosphere at work, and it’s a great way to have fun. It’s also helpful if you want to brainstorm ideas or need some fresh air without leaving the office. Most importantly, going out together will help you build up trust and get better at working together as a team.
With these five easy steps, you can make your work environment fun and focused on what’s important. It might be hard to make friends with your colleagues, but considering the long-term benefits makes it worthwhile. As well as encouraging a positive culture and getting people working together more effectively as a team, an enjoyable workplace also encourages productivity, creativity, and good health – that’s worth celebrating!