Did you know that January 28th is National Fun at Work Day?
This may not be the most commonly known holiday, but it can be a great reminder to consider the culture at your workplace and the benefits of ensuring that employees are enjoying (at least part) of their work day.
HR experts like author Bob Nelson (1001 Ways to Motivate Employees) and columnist Steve Strauss, both have a myriad of reasons why employers should incorporate some fun into each work day, including:
Concerns employers may have
Many find it counterintuitive to incorporate fun into the workday as a way to increase productivity. In fact, they worry it will drastically reduce outputs. Some other top worries include:
Tips for HR managers and employers
Clear Path HR consultant Kelly Auld highlights some things employers should consider:
Some additional tips:
How we have fun at Clear Path
We believe in incorporating fun into our workplace so much that we included "Having Fun" as one of our nine corporate values (see our full list here). Here are the describing statements regarding this value:
Putting this value into practice, we enjoy several special events throughout the year, including a Tubing Night, a team lunch each month with a different theme (Oktoberfest, Winter, Summer BBQ), participating in charity events like the Terry Fox Run, and celebrating birthdays and successes at our monthly team meeting.
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