When it comes to the delivery your staff are giving, you want to make sure they are giving their absolute best. It’s no secret that an employee who is motivated, happy and enthusiastic about work is going to deliver their service better than somebody who is unmotivated, stressed and down. So, how do we make our team feel more motivated? Is encouraging a fun work environment the answer?
According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), there were over 480,000 people in the UK during 2015/16 who reported that work-related stress was making them ill which amounts to 40% of all work-related illness. This can be down to heavy work-loads, stressful environments and so on. Which is where encouraging a fun environment comes into it.
UK businesses lose 6.9 days a year per employee because of absenteeism, which can cost around £554 per employee. So it makes sense that if your workers are more content with their job, they are less likely to take time off which can save you money. Plus, the less sick days your staff takes, it shows their commitment to the company and job more.
A study by the University of Warwick showed that happy workers had a 12% spike in productivity compared to unhappy workers who had a 10% decrease in productivity. So, encouraging fun at work can have a positive impact on productivity and engagement throughout your team!
With your staff spending most of their time travelling and being in-and-out, how do you make it fun for them? Making work fun for these employees can just be a case of giving them the recognition they deserve, that alone can make them enjoy their role a lot more and give them the push to keep going.
Giving your staff members the time to enjoy with their colleagues in a relaxed/fun environment encourages them to have more open discussions and trust with each other, therefore enhancing their communication regarding work too. So when it comes to recognition, you could host an awards evening so that way everybody can come together outside of work and enjoy each other’s company, as well as also receiving recognition for doing a good job.
Word of mouth travels fast and how your employees talk about your business can affect the overall reputation of the business. Plus, how your business is represented on things such as social media again affects your reputation. So, if your employees are happy, the more enthusiastically they will talk about your business. If your business is on social media and people can see that it looks fun/enjoyable to work there, it also makes it more attractive to potential employees.
With all this being said there are benefits to bringing a more fun atmosphere to your workplace. Of course, every workplace is different and the amount of ‘fun’ that can be had in a workplace is dependent on nature and structure. But it can definitely help your staff.
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