Zoom. The bullet whizzes past your head as you jockey for position and a clear shot. A head peaks around the corner as you steady your aim, waiting for the precise moment to strike. With lighting fast reflexes you squeeze the trigger then duck for cover. You’re panting with excitement as you hear, “You got me. That’s it – You win!”
If it’s Not Fun, It won’t be GREAT!
You rise and smile to greet the victim of your shot; knowing you have bragging rights for the entire week!
Is this a scene from the next Hunger Games movie? Nope, it’s Roma Moulding’s headquarters at any time of the day engaging in full out Nerf warfare. We take fun seriously and our Nerf wars perfectly exemplify how our culture celebrates hard work.
Why place an emphasis on fun?
It’s vital to the wellbeing of your people, teams and overall company energy! Why have your most passionate and talented people, those carefully selected to join your family, longing for 5:00 p.m. to be happy? I was shocked to see a Gallup survey show that more than 70 percent of workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work.
Fostering fun gains you access to all the creativity and passion that makes them the unique difference makers on your team all day, every day! HR professionals and managers believe if you throw perks such as free lunches, nap rooms and free dry cleaning, that everything will be just fine. The truth is those perks don’t inspire people over the long run. Try taking fun seriously.
Here are 5 simple tips on creating fun and happiness at work:
- Allow your team the freedom to pitch any idea no matter how crazy it may sound.
- Foster a culture of change and a commitment to perpetual improvements.
- Celebrate successes and anything creative you feel is important to the team.
- Focus on the tasks and allow the team the freedom to complete powerfully.
- Always trust in your people, partners and yourself.
Take your company’s greatest asset, your people and make it a priority to have them excited to be part of your team. Inspire them, trust them and make sure they know it’s okay to have fun, even if it’s weird at times! The results of a fun and happy workplace are priceless.
How does your company culture focus on fun?