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All Work & No Play? The Importance Of Fun At Work

Now that workforces are even more ‘distributed’, maintaining employee happiness & morale has never been higher on the agenda; employee morale was cited as the top challenge for nearly 70% of the 1,700 HRs Lattice surveyed earlier this year. The challenge companies & organizations of all kinds have always faced to protect their work culture is now immense. How do you approach meeting the need for what tops employee polls as key to employee happiness in these strange & unusual times? It’s not only important to know but also to understand why what regularly tops these polls is Fun.

How Fun At Work Works

Out of the top three things today’s employees (of all ages) find most motivating, Fun wins out over Recognition & Growth. 90% find a fun work environment very/extremely motivating & 80% value working with people they like. And if you’re wondering how all this fun can possibly translate into business success, 81% of those working in Fortune 100’s Best Companies To Work For said they are working in a ‘fun’ environment. There’s clearly an important dynamic for us to explore here.

Nic Marks, CEO & Founder of Friday Pulse, that tracks employee happiness to help businesses build a positive and productive work culture says “Happiness is the ultimate people KPI”. He prefers to focus on employee happiness (even though he knows his clients prefer the term ‘engagement’ as it’s their code word for productivity). Why? Because according to Nic, employees don’t know how to answer an engagement question whereas they certainly know how happy they are! Simply put, miserable people do miserable work… improve your employees’ work experience & you will certainly be repaid.

If we stay at the ‘employee experience’ end of this & consider for a moment all of our basic ‘human’ needs, things start to fall into place. ‘Fun’ is not specifically stated within Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs but perhaps it should be. What else can you think of that can impact & deliver in all 3 of the uppermost layers (the psychological & self-fulfilment needs) of this well-known pyramid?

How To Inject Some ‘Fun’ At Work

Whether your workplace is today actual or virtual, or (most likely) a mix of the 2, technology is your friend. As is the idea of ‘gamification’. With the days of extravagant team-building events long gone due to budgets as well as the unprecedented Covid crisis, if you are not making use of an employee experience platform (such as Eloops) to deliver your employees a regular dose of ‘fun’, you are missing out on the easiest way to :

  • Provide a few minutes of ‘lighten-up’ time that shows you understand they are human
  • Build & enhance connection & bonding through healthy competition & sharing
  • Preserve & grow your work culture through ‘fun’ that is in alignment with your stated mission & values rather than random & left to chance

While it may seem contradictory, ‘play’ in the context of ‘work’ has never been more important to get right! How are you doing ‘fun’ where you are?

Eloops is providing this carefully balanced expertise to numerous clients on a global basis.

Might it be the right time for YOU to book a demo?

Look out for our next piece related to this theme… The Importance Of Positive Emotions At Work… & find out about something contagious you & your employees definitely DO want to catch!


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