The workplace can be a very fast-paced and high-pressure environment, which often leads to staff feeling anything from a little stressed to overwhelmed and unwell. Whilst there will always be goals to achieve and targets to meet, it’s also important that staff enjoy their roles. With this in mind, we’ve put together a few ideas for how to have more fun at work.
Customise your workstation
A very simple yet effective way to brighten up your work surroundings is to customise your workstation. Adding a houseplant, a vibrant calendar and a photo or two of loved ones can make a huge difference, so have a think about what kinds of decoration will make you feel happier whilst at your desk.
Splashes of colour are also a great way to make your workstation more fun, which can be combined with functionality if you don’t have much space to play around with. For instance, you could have a stapler, desk organiser, pencils and paperclips that are all a sunny shade of yellow. Don’t forget that Merlin Office Equipment can supply a wide variety of stationery – let us know what you have in mind and we’re bound to have it in stock.
Create a shared game space
Even the CEOs of large corporations need a little breather during their 9-to-5, which is why shared game spaces are becoming increasingly popular in all kinds of commercial environments. We suggest asking your staff what they would like to see installed in their workplace and maybe run a poll so that they can vote for their favourites.
There’s a wide variety of options when it comes to incorporating play into your workplace, such as:
- Table football
- Board games
- Velcro/magnetic dart board
- Arcade game machines
The key is to invest in games that fit the layout and atmosphere of your premises. For instance, a ping pong table works best in a larger room where it doesn’t matter if things get a bit noisy, whereas quieter board games such as Scrabble can be played pretty much anywhere.
Studies show that adults who take time to have fun at work are usually happier and more productive in their roles, so never ignore the power of play.
Turn on the tunes
It’s true that some workplaces can’t have music playing due to the nature of the surroundings, such as customer service centres and sales departments. However, if you’re able to turn on the radio in your office, this can significantly enhance workflow.
This is because music is great for our mood and can also help us to focus and be more creative. This doesn’t apply to every human being though, so a system that works in everyone’s favour needs to be created. If there are some team members who can’t concentrate when there’s music playing, perhaps those who fancy listening to tunes can be allowed to wear headphones at their desks.
Do a step challenge
Physical activity can be great fun, especially when combined with a little friendly competition. A daily, weekly or monthly step challenge is a good example, as it encourages staff to be more active whilst at work. In turn, this will benefit their health and prevent them from staying at their desks for hours on end without a break.
All you need is a step counter app on your smartphone and a way of recording everyone’s steps, such as a wall chart or digital log. Aim for 10,000 steps a day, as this is the recommended amount, plus you could even combine this activity with your CSR strategy and turn it into a fundraiser for your company’s chosen charity.
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We create positive workplace environments that ensure your staff are comfortable, happy and productive. To find out more about how we can design office layouts that perfectly suit your exact requirements and increase workflow, get in touch on 01482 301000.