Unless you’ve been living under a rock it would be hard not to have heard/seen that another Rugby World Cup has started in England. I’m not a big fan of rugby by any means but I’ve decided to take part in our office sweepstake, mainly for the gleeful joy that comes when you beat your colleagues – which is all in fun given the winner has to use their small financial gain to buy everyone else cake!
When we started to pick our teams I found myself grinning inanely amidst the cheers and groans in our open plan office depending on whether we got a team who was high in the rankings or not. It was certainly a nice distraction from the usual work routine and once it all died down I found myself enthusiastically tackling the task I had recently been procrastinating on. I’m no psychology expert but I figured that fun, light-hearted moment probably caused my serotonin levels to increase which boosts your mood and therefore made me feel more positive about continuing with my task.
It then got me thinking about fun at work in general, which can often be in short supply, and I wondered about the benefits to workers on ‘downing tools’ and having a bit of a laugh. It probably comes as no surprise that I found a fair few articles on this topic. For those of you who need to convince their boss, here are some of the benefits to having fun at work:
- It helps build camaraderie.
- It increases productivity.
- It enhances employee satisfaction and loyalty.
- It encourages creativity and innovation for a better workplace and bigger profits.
- Play encourages us to approach opportunities instead of retreating.
- Play promotes exploration.
- Play induces the state of flow–the feeling of being totally absorbed in what you’re doing.
Sounds pretty good to me! I know every work place is different but this American website has 25 ways to have fun at work so I hope that at least ONE will resonate with you and enable you to start reaping the benefits personally and as a team.
For the record, I googled ‘International Have Fun at Work Day’ and got these two dates for next year so mark ‘em in your calendars in preparation! (I love that there is more than one day)
January 29, 2016
April 1, 2016 (coincidentally April Fool’s Day)