As the title states, the average Human being spends 80% of their life within a work environment, that’s around 90,000 hours over the span of their life.

So with such a large proportion of our lives being spent away from our homes and loved ones, it only makes sense to ask the question “why shouldn’t I have fun at work?”.

It isn’t just about financial gain

Money can be seen as the very lifeblood and fuel that keeps us going every day. However, all may not be as it seems from first impressions. Research by Gallop shows that 36% of employees would give up $5,000 a year in salary to be happier at work”.

It has been shown that within individuals working career there comes a point when they choose Intrinsic rewards over monetary gains. This is largely due to the fact that they experience more joy from a fun office atmosphere than they would have from financial rewards.

Happy companies outshine their competitors by 20%

It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. When an employee shows a more positive attitude towards their work, they find their objectives far more engrossing and therefore invest far more effort within their company overall growth and performance.

Friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%

There is a myriad of studies on the internet that cover employee engagement, such as the employee satisfaction study from BambooHR.

Therefore, it only makes perfect sense to encourage friendships within the office as this helps boost morale, performance and most importantly, staff happiness.

This makes even more sense when you think that we spend far more time with our work friends than we do with our other friend outside of work.

Conclusion

When it comes to having sharing a happy organisation, you’re only as happy as those that you surround yourselves with. The happiness and well being of employees are one of the most important factors when it comes to the overall success and growth of an organisation.