Lots of businesses claim to have a fun work culture, especially when they’re advertising for new employees. A glance through the job ads would lead you to believe that every employee’s life is brimming with fun. Unfortunately this perception - like the ads - isn’t entirely true.
Culture, productivity and cost savings
For most of recorded history, the idea that work could be fun would have seemed insane. That has changed over the past couple of decades.
- Employees have realised that with the right attitude it is possible to enjoy at least some of their work. That makes it easier to endure.
- Employers have realised that the more their staff enjoy what they do, and the better the work culture, the higher their productivity will be. And coincidentally, the lower the salary they’ll be willing to accept.
For many people, money is a driving force only when they don’t have enough of it. Once their basic needs are satisfied then extra money makes a decreasing difference to happiness.
Most people spend at least 40 hours a week at work, so a fun workplace culture would make a big difference to happiness. But how do you move your business into the ‘fun’ category?
Making your workplace culture more fun
Forget about the pool table. The real solution is harder to implement. It comes down to good management. Here are some tips:
- Hire people who are good at what they do. It’s likely they’re good at it because they enjoy doing it.
- Let them do their work. Don’t micromanage or interfere. Set reasonable goals, then get out of way.
- Don’t overwork your employees. It’s easy to drive staff too hard. Give them breathing space, room to relax, socialise and chat with each other.
- Discourage conformity. People often put on a work persona along with their office clothes. They believe they must be have in a certain way. Relax the rules a little - not too much - and your employees will start to relax too.
- Buy the drinks. Sacrifice the last hour or two of work on a Friday and put some money behind the bar for your team.
- Have an office party. Make it a good one.
While some of these tips go against conventional management wisdom and we honestly don’t know if doing all these things would make your business more profitable or successful. We do know that working for you would be a whole lot of fun.