January 28th is National Fun at Work Day. In a work climate that is sometimes fraught with anxiety, stress, and frustration, giving employees a break and thus celebrating National Fun at Work Day could be an excellent thing this year. Especially as employees are quitting in droves in the great resignation, showing your staff that you care about their health and well-being to include their emotional and psychological well-being is very important.
So why celebrate National Fun at Work Day? There are a variety of reasons. For one, again, it gives employees a chance to de-stress and find a new way to enjoy their job. It also represents a one-of-a-kind bonding experience for coworkers. Additionally, National Fun at Work Day helps boost productivity. When you give your employees a break, when you guide them toward ways to have some fun and genuinely enjoy what they do, according to certain studies, this does help them approach their roles and responsibilities in a new way, a more productive way.
A day that blends an emphasis on workplace fun with an underlying focus on healthy ways to be more productive certainly can’t be a bad thing. Plus, you can strengthen your team’s bonds—this day truly is a win-win for small businesses. Below are five things that you can do this National Fun at Work Day that could improve workplace morale.
1.Have a co-worker meal. This could be lunch, or this could be dinner. The act of sitting down together and sharing a meal not only brings people closer, but it is a time when they can let their hair down, laugh, converse with one another, and, as the day suggests, have some fun.
2. Have a themed dress up day. Call it pajama day, call it Hawaiian day, call it whatever you like, but let your employees get creative and more relaxed with how they dress for the day. You might be surprised at what sorts of behaviors you will see by enabling people to dress a certain. And if nothing else, they will have some fun.
3. Establish this as a day to give back. Giving back by engaging in charitable activity or working with a local organization can certainly be fun for everyone in the office. You might volunteer with a local cleanup effort for the day; you can visit a senior center as a team. Do something that not only brings your employees together in a meaningful way but also benefits the community at large.
4. Have game time. Who doesn’t love games? For this National Fun at Work Day, why not host an hour or two when your employees come together to play a game. This might be trivia, some form of charades. You name it. But when it comes to fun, what is more fun than playing a game together..
5. Develop an office wide scavenger hunt. This could mean that you go out into your local community or city as a team and look for various landmarks or items that you have hidden previously. Your team will have fun scouring the town as they seek to solve the riddle of the scavenger hunt. You can create clues and prizes for the winners.
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