Fun ways to boost productivity
Monitoring your employee’s productivity is a huge part of running a business. There has been plenty of research on how to get staff to work to the best of their ability. You can follow all the standard advice about boosting productivity, but it’s also worth thinking about fun ways to boost productivity. Not only will your employees appreciate your innovative ways of encouraging them to achieve more, but you should hopefully boost productivity at the same time.
Fun and play inspires creativity, it’s how inventors and entrepreneurs have come up with the best ideas in the world. Some of the most successful companies in the world, such as the almighty Google, have a culture of ‘fun’.
When the entrepreneurs on Dragon’s Den get asked how they came up with their idea, they hardly ever say ‘I was at my desk working really hard when suddenly, the idea came to me.’ In reality, people usually get good ideas when they are more relaxed, having fun and are out doing interesting things. They feel inspired when they are given the room to be creative. When it comes to improving productivity, sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Here are some fun ways you can boost productivity.
Work hard, play hard
This saying is so simple, yet so true. Encourage employees to work hard, and play hard too. Create a culture where if people feel they can still get their work done, they are allowed to have a bit of downtime. Encourage family time, and maybe arrange company socials so that staff can relax together after a hard day’s work.
Allow some fun in the workplace
No one wants to work at a company where the atmosphere is tense and ‘fun’ is a taboo. If you are too strict and don’t allow staff to let go every once in a while they will become very frustrated. Some studies have shown that ‘fun at work makes it easier for employees to function on the job.’
In a study by the University of Florida they found that those who enjoy themselves at work and have a good time ‘accomplished more, showed a higher level of creativity and extended more help to co-workers.’ Happy staff are also more likely to take pride in their work and be loyal to the company because they have a high level of job satisfaction.
Get people to collaborate
Run some fun projects where staff get to collaborate. It’s interesting working with new people and taking on different projects. Try and come up with some challenging but lighthearted tasks where staff have to work together to get results. If your employees always work with the same people then mix things up a bit and get them to work with staff from other departments.
Make presentations entertaining
No one listens to a boring presentation. It may be full of useful statistics and important information, but if it is delivered in an uninspiring way no one will take any notice. Staff will switch off and probably won’t retain much of what you have said. Don’t be afraid to spice presentations and meetings up with some creativity and laughter. They are more likely to remember what you have said if they find it comical and entertaining.
Have a dedicated chill out area
Have a special area where staff can take a break and relax. Provide things that will enable them to have a bit of fun in their breaks, instead of just checking their smartphones. Many large companies encourage play and fun at work. For example, Google has a slide in their office, Twitter staff have team meetings on the roof and the BBC’S Northern headquarters has collaboration pods. Don’t be afraid to inject some fun into your office building and kit out your office with some cool stuff.
Organise regular team building trips and you should see an increase in productivity and job satisfaction. Plan day trips, sports weekends, fun team challenges and even trips abroad. Staff will appreciate being rewarded for their hard work and they will learn to work together in a more productive way.