Some of the most productive teams spend time having fun together. They attend a Twins game, partake in a Happy Hour or join a recreational broom hockey league together. Is it their camaraderie that drives them to participate in social activities together or is their participation in social activities that drives their team productivity?
In his book, Partnerships: Leveraging Teamwork, Mike Hawkins writes, "When you do something fun together you form bonds with people. People who work together as well as spend time together outside of work develop bonds that help them come together as a team. They get to know each other and appreciate each other. They look forward to seeing each other at work and spending time together."
Why Does Fun Bond People?
Fun experiences created fond memories. The people who participate in those fun experiences not only remember the experience fondly but they also remember the people with whom they share the experience fondly as well. Imagine you're down by two runs in your softball game, there are runners on 3rd and 2nd base and your IT manager is up to bat. He hits a single, drives in both runners and your team wins this game. A guy you only knew as someone you called when you were locked out of your computer is now the Brian Dozier of your office.
Or what if you and your significant other went to Dakota Jazz Club for a night out and you looked up to see your receptionist as the lead vocalist in the band performing there that night? You would have a completely different image of your colleague than before the softball game or the night at The Dakota.
Once we have fondness for other people we have a vested interest in their well-being, their happiness and their success in both their work and personal lives.
Companies Who Value Fun
"Experts unanimously attest to the personnel-related benefits of fun: lower absenteeism, improved job-satisfaction ratings, higher productivity, better retention rates, even fewer customer-service problems," wrote David Stauffer in Harvard Management Update. "Fun is also linked to faster problem solving."
Perhaps that's why some of the world's leading companies consider "fun" one of their a core values. Here are just five such companies. Click on the company name to read about fun in their workplace.
When you're ready to have some fun
Give us a call at InTune TeamBuilding. We can set up a one-day team building event for you or we can set up weekly music lessons in your office for your employees. Let's add some fun to your workplace