Guest Post by Magdalene Hellen
Sometimes, going to work is a hassle. We are supposed to love our jobs, but that’s not always the case. Your workers will have days when they seem unmotivated. We all have those days.
However, if you allow that attitude to take over your business, you can forget excellence and profits.
It is essential to create a company culture that builds and maintains employee engagement and collaboration.
Your company culture determines the behavior and attitude of your employees. It must be based on solid employee engagement, transparency, and clear communication.
Introduce these seven fun activities to your employees and see how it breaks down barriers between co-workers, improves productivity, and enhances workplace relationships.
Five fun activities to improve company culture
1. Organize productive activities during breaks
Lunchtime and coffee breaks do not have to be boring. These are often times when we just sit around, smoke, or take naps.
Have regular company sponsored coffee and lunch breaks.
You may choose one session a week for a company coffee break and a monthly lunch.
Use these sessions to:
- Inform your employees about pertinent company issues such as safety and ethical practices in the workplace.
- Set key milestones based on company goals, and teach them to plan and prioritize their tasks.
- Coach them on company guidelines and core values
- Just have fun and bond.
2. Fun and educational online activities
What about fun activities to improve workplace culture for remote teams scattered across the globe?
Try online activities such as virtual board games, puzzles, and quizzes.
The games you choose should focus on communicating your company goals or visions to your employees.
Use them to integrate positive work ethics and skills in the mind of your employees that align with your company’s vision.
It will encourage your employees to use their free time productively and help them build great relationships with other employees.
3. Team building activities
Continually engaging in activities at the workplace may reduce the ability of your workers to grasp things.
In something as important as improving your company culture, you need an environment that will encourage your employees to loosen up.
That’s why companies organize team building exercises in places far away from the office.
It doesn’t need to be far away or expensive, a simple team-building exercise held at a restaurant near you or close to nature (think a local park) will work just as well.
Use these team-building sessions to engage in team building activities such as minefield games and scavenger hunts. These improve employees’ ability to solve problems, collaborate, and make decisions wisely.
4. Create a company app
We use so many applications to make our lives easier each day, you should create one for your company.
Some of the things you can have in your work app include:
- Workplace resources to improve employee engagement, training, and performance
- GIFs, MEMEs, and videos to share essential information in a compelling way through your application
- Collaborative features such as blog sections and communication areas for messages and news updates
- Analytical features such as polls
Also, find a way to encourage cross-departmental collaborations through work-focused chat rooms.
Remember to create your app in a way that allows your employees to communicate with and enjoy activities together in teams, and leave an option for them to access the app offline.
5. Create a workplace book and film club
Reading and watching educational or inspirational films is an excellent way to increase your knowledge, especially when you choose materials that are created to help employees excel in their personal and work life.
Create a book club at work through which your employees will read books that enhance their performance and share what they learn from them.
Reading books together is better than reading them alone. You are motivated to complete the book and learn different ways of looking at things from your peers that may shift your thinking.
You can also share educational films in such clubs, especially if they empower your staff to perform better at tasks.
For example, motivational films that teach your workers concepts such as the 3 Cs of employee engagement and career success strategies will improve their performance at work.
So how will you benefit from improving your company culture through fun activities?
A strong company culture will improve your employees’ morale and encourage them to give their best.
You can also expect better communication that will guarantee positive work relationships, which will ease the process of teaching new processes to your employees.
It will also improve their attitude and interactions, thereby enhancing their work experience and leading to better performance and higher revenue.
Ask for help from employment experts to ensure any workplace culture activities you implement are fully compliant with labor laws.
Remember, building a positive company culture takes time and conscious effort. It is an ongoing process that requires consistency as your company evolves.