Having fun at work does not equal lost productivity! Have you ever sat back at your work place and reflected whether you actually enjoy being there or not?
Have you then asked yourself the question, “Do I promote enjoyment at work for my employees?”
Staff members who are happy at work will waste less time, cause less conflict and contribute more ideas than those checking their watch mid-conversation.
It may seem like a small thing, but one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your employees is to make the decision to promote enjoyment and positivity within your business.
Here are a few things you can implement this week to lay the foundations for a more positive environment that everyone enjoys being in.
Take 15 minutes out of your day and talk to your staff. Be genuine with your discussions and think of positive things that you can say. A genuine interest in someones weekend can brighten their day, and you both strengthen your relationship with one another.
Give praise when it is deserved! Let them know you notice when they go above and beyond. Everyone wants to feel appreciated at work.
“Thanks for completing that task yesterday on such short notice, it was much appreciated.”
“I appreciate you picking that up before it went to visit our clients – it really helped.”
Smile – Someone is always watching!
Nobody wants to be all business, all the time. Heard a good joke? Tell it! (Safe for work only!) The simple act of walking around with a smile on your face is enough to spread positivity. Your employees with mirror your moods, and nobody will dare crack a joke or look happy if the big boss is walking around looking for something to kick.
Join the club, or start a tradition.
Last year our staff Social Club decided to start a Darts Competition, and it’s become one of the biggest happiness boosters and ice breakers we have ever seen in the office. Notoriously quiet staff members and those who usually spend smoko break buried in their smartphones are cheering each other on and competing for the coveted Championship Trophy. None of us are professional darters, we’ve hit the office walls more than a few times, but we have fun, and staff are more engaged with one another every day.
What do you do at your workplace to make it a more positive place to be? I would love to hear your tips below.