The Unexpected Benefits of Having Fun with Coworkers

It’s no secret – when employees are happy, they work harder and perform better. Employees who play together are likely to collaborate more effectively and react better to stressful situations. As an employer, making sure you take the time to bring some fun to the workday is critical to retaining good employees and increasing the overall quality of performance across the board.

A 2013 survey found that the biggest reason people like their jobs is because they enjoy working with their colleagues. The same study found that although work engagement is on the rise, 40% of employees worldwide don’t feel engaged at work. That lack of engagement comes in large part from a lack of enjoyment during the workday.

Here at Fattmerchant, we are fortunate to have a culture that encourages the “work hard, play hard” mentality. Recently, as a kick-off to the new year and celebration of our 2016 successes, the team had a group outing to I-Drive Nascar Indoor Kart Racing and took to the track for some friendly competition. As a group, we learned some lessons about the importance of fun at work that were unexpected.Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 1.54.17 PM

  1. A Relaxed Work Conversation is a Productive Work Conversation

Although work conversations that happen outside of the office or working hours may not have an official feel to them, often time employees in a more relaxed state of mind wind up having more creative or productive talks. A problem that could have been baffling a team back at the office could become clear in a different, more relaxed setting.

  1. Social Comfort Equals Work Comfort

The more comfortable colleagues are around each other, the easier it is for them to collaborate and complete work tasks quicker. Engaging in social activity outside of the office is a great way to foster that comfort and bring it over into the workplace.

  1. Customers are Happy When Employees are Happy

When your staff – especially those who are customer facing – are happy, your customers can tell! Employees that have regular access to work-based leisure activity are more likely to give superior customer service due to their happier attitude and increased loyalty to the company.

Beyond this list, the benefit of simply having a happier team and higher job satisfaction should be enough to convince any business owner to take a closer look at how “fun” their office is. Fun could take many shapes and forms depending on business type and other restrictions, but any industry has the opportunity to offer even the smallest fun benefit to employees. It’ll be worth it in the long run.

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