All work and no fun makes an office dull. It sometimes keeps employees from knowing anything exciting or fun about each other beyond the defined roles they fill in the workplace.
You’ve probably heard of the expression “Work Hard, Play Hard.”
While the priority for workers always should be on performing the jobs for which they are paid, plenty of low-cost social activities can break up the office routine and foster an esprit de corps.
Importantly, if you want your employees to be creative and think outside the box, it’s essential to provide stimulating activities to mix things up. Participation, of course, is entirely voluntary, and everyone should observe appropriate safety practices.
A great appeal of workplace social activities is that they give staff the opportunity to take part in this kind of activities they might not otherwise have considered, or have found the time to take up.
It is vital to offer your employees activities during the working week as a stress reliever, and also for them to have access to creativity and productivity in ways of unwinding.
Engage and motivate
Employers that are worried about the potential impact of social activities on employees’ timekeeping and productivity should consider the fact that social activities can be used to foster employer-employee relationships.
Clubs or team building can also be a useful motivational tool. As well as reducing employees’ stress levels and boosting their overall health and well-being, it gives the staffs an opportunity to interact with their peers and feel a valued member of a supportive organisation. It also gives them an extra reason to go to work, reducing employee absence levels.
Although the staff runs most social activities in the office according to teams or department, it still creates a significant impact on the productivity and creativity of each individual in the workplace.