The aim and insight of this blog will be to give you a deeper understanding of how some ‘silly fun’ could actually be damaging to your works culture.
There is productive fun, it is this type of fun that creates atmosphere and energy that helps to bring productivity amongst your employees such as 10-minute tea sessions, yoga or even a ‘ask me anything with your employees’. All of which are harmless, fruitful and in some cases productive.
Next, there is silly fun, completely different to productive fun, silly fun can be seen as a ‘quick win’ for employers who just want to tick a box saying they’ve done their bit for employee engagement. Things such as in office sack races and Wednesday water fights don’t breed creativity or positivity, they breed chaos and disorder.
1. Employees might not focus on the tasks at hand
Everything is healthy…within moderation, and the same goes for fun. As an employer looking to introduce fun within the workplace, it is important to make sure there is a steady balance between gentle fun and productive work.
When introducing activities into your office, you want to be sure that your employees are not choosing banter and humour over completing the task in hand. As said it’s all about everything in moderation.
2. It might come across to clients that the staff are immature:
Everybody wants to show their clients that their employee’s wellbeing is a critical component in their culture, this because nothing looks greater than a healthy and happy workforce. However, it’s always important to remember that the employees also uphold the reputation of the brand.
Therefore, a lot of business is decided on whether a client wishes to invest in or buy your product. This cannot be achieved however if employees are representing an organisation in an immature manner or running a mock. That’s why it’s important to ensure that fun activities remain in office and never for public viewing.
3. Employees might end up feeling uncomfortable:
As stated earlier, an employee’s physical and mental wellbeing should be a critical asset within any operation. It is important to note that most employees will take part in tasks if they know it will impress or have a positive effect on the leadership team, even if makes them feel uncomfortable.
This is why it’s important for employers to notice when an employee isn’t feeling comfortable operating outside of their comfort zone. If matters like this go unchecked, an employee’s overall productivity could drop, or worse, begin to have an influence on their peers.
To conclude, as is evident from previous blogs, productive fun that promotes employee engagement is vital within any organisation, however, as it is seen throughout everyday lives, it is important to take everything within moderation.
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