Fun Things to do at Work
Fun Things to do at Work
We would all love to be at our dream job feeling like work isn’t ‘work’. Even those who are passionate about their career need some happiness to energise a mundane workday. Often a shift in perspective through a quick pick-me-up can increase productivity. Creating camaraderie among co-workers enhances employee satisfaction and loyalty. The activity can be formal or informal, as long as they uplift people’s spirits. Remind the employees of their value at the company.
Did you know there is an International Day of Happiness at Work?
1. Offer Free Food
Whenever there is free food in the office, people swarm like vultures. Create a happy environment with FREE stuff.
If you bring snacks to share with your colleagues, you will likely have a gathering of co-workers surrounding your desk. Being the go-to for snacks is highly beneficial. You’ll get to know your fellow employees when they pass by for food.
Instead of a snack stash, you could also buy a host of cheap gifts to make your colleagues feel appreciated. These gifts could be anything from coffee and cake to fun pens or hand creams. The thoughtful present could be the first step to making friends at the company.
2. Plan an Outing
Whether it’s a quick drink after work or a weekend away, spend time outside the office to catch up on topics other than work. It’s a great way to get to know your peers on a personal level. If you haven’t already, you’ll soon realise the working world is just like school, except you get paid.
Some examples of team bonding include happy hours, bowling, book clubs, football and pizza Fridays. If the company is open enough, suggest these ideas as potential corporate-sponsored events to get the employees even more excited.
3. Take Breaks
It doesn’t matter how long you get on your lunch break. It’s important you use this time well and take a break. Give your eyes a rest from the computer screen and stretch your legs outside. Fresh air lets the body distress after long periods of working at a desk. It is a great time to have a communal lunch. Eat with other employees and get to know one another. You may discover a new food or recipe or learn more about the person themselves.
People who eat at their desks appear dedicated, hard-working and committed to their job. But, socialising is important, and so is food.
If you’re struggling to think of something to do during your rest break at work, have a read of our blog on What to do on Rest Breaks at Work.
Its important employees feel comfortable in the office because they spend a significant amount of time here. Not everyone likes white walls, white ceilings and soulless lighting.
Being able to personalise your own desk will go a long way to making the office appear more inviting. If you’re really feeling bold, offer to decorate someone else’s desk.
Choose a theme and go for it. Bring in photos and other trinkets as a reminder of what makes life worthwhile. Adding plants to your desk will freshen up your workspace and add some calming greenery. People will get to know your personality and ask questions that will lead to interesting conversation.
5. Play Games
Try to initiate competition into day-to-day tasks. It could be a work-related contest or a quick game of darts.
Play board games, ping-pong, table football, pranks or - if you’re feeling particularly proactive - host a scavenger hunt! These are all great team bonding ideas as well as fun simulation in the workplace environment.
7. Office Pets
If you’re lucky enough to work in an office that allows pets at work, bring your four-legged friend in for some inter-office cuddling and snuggling. Research suggests there is a strong benefit of having pets at work. A few benefits include higher productivity, reduced stress and improved teamwork and communication.