Too often, H.R. and departmental leaders shy away from using the word "fun" when seeking an effective team building program. The stigma is that when spending company money, you need to prove the R.O.I. and "fun" hasn't been considered a legitimate "ROI." Until recently.
Study after study is discovering that fun in the workplace leads to exactly the outcomes that companies seek in team building activities. Outcomes like improved performance, better problem solving, fewer customer service problems, lower absenteeism and employee turnover and improved job satisfaction ratings.
You don't have to take our word for it. Here's a roundup of recent articles, videos, blog posts and research on the Importance of Fun in the Workplace.
"When planning activities for your retreat, try to avoid traditional icebreakers and team-building activities, which can sometimes feel forced, don’t always work and can even do more harm than good.
"Despite its reputation for being, well, lame, team building is the most important investment you can make for your people.It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line. It can also be adventurous and enjoyable if you do it with a little pizzazz.
NY Times Best Selling Author Gary Keller
"Studies over the last two decades have revealed when workplaces make fun a factor it creates happier employees that feel more satisfied. And happy employees are all around better at their jobs. Workplace fun has been linked to:
Chief People Officer at Best Places to Work Company
Christy Johnston is the Chief People Office at Medical Solutions,one of the fastest healthcare growing companies. They've been included in Inc 500 and Inc 5000 lists of Best Places to Work for multiple years. Ms. Johnston says, "We've found that there's a direct connection between having fun and high performance high functioning teams."
Keller Williams Realty
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, with more than more than 150,000 associates and over 800 market centers across the globe are affiliated with Keller Williams.
For four consecutive years, Keller Williams Realty has been named a top training organization by Training Magazine. In 2016, Training Magazine once again named Keller Williams the #1 training organization across all industries worldwide.
That's why we listen when Keller William speaks.
"Studies show that having fun in the workplace has multiple benefits. It increases productivity, builds camaraderie and enhances employee loyalty. It also reminds people of their value to their managers, their organization, and to each other.
"Two benefits your workplace likely will experience if you incorporate a bit more fun.
Bright HR Research Report on Fun at Work
"This study indicates that more millennials expect fun to be an integral part of their lives at work than any other demographic. But this contrasts sharply with the very small number of business owners who think the same. The millennial presence in our workforce is only going to continue to grow over the next five years, and employers need to acknowledge their expectations and ensure that decision-making is informed by the needs of this group rather than past habits."
When you need an injection of fun for your team, give us a shout. We can come into your workplace on a regular basis and teach your team how to play guitar or we can have your team come to our place for a rock-band experience like no other!