But, to fall in love with your office you also need fun
Fun and office seem like words that shouldn’t belong together. But au contraire dear reader. In her book Fun Works: Creating places where people love to come to work, Leslie Yerkes gives it to you straight: “You and I spend more time at work than at any other single activity in our lives. Yet, often our work experience is not fun. We suffer from the lack of integration of fun and work.” Do we see some nods of agreement? Work is often anything but fun, yet fun is one of the fundamentals to loving where you work. And we don’t mean Tigger-style bouncing off the walls and constant cake in the boardroom – cake is in fact a fairly touchy subject at the office, take a read here – but we do mean fun in the sense of a little bit of freedom, a little bit of informality, a little bit of socialising etc etc. Research even suggests that allowing your employees to have fun can help them perform better in their jobs.
Yerkes supports the idea that fun isn’t just about activities, but rather that it’s a way of being: “Fun, when most effective, is not input but rather output; fun does not create a good work place so much as a good work place creates fun.”
Hmmm, that sounds a lot like company culture, and Yerkes confirms it: “Creating places where people love to work is about creating a culture where individuals can freely bring the best of their whole selves to work each day.”
But how do you have fun so that office love can flow unimpeded? It’s everything you already know (and yes, some are activities):
- Team building exercises (not the lame ones please)
- Recognition of jobs well done and employee performance. Yerkes does something called the ‘Dance of Done Well’ which is an actual, holding hands ‘dance in a circle’ type thing – ah, that’s not for everyone)
- Offering support and engagement when fun is already happening, like employees watching a funny video. This is especially important if you’re in a management position; it shows fun is accepted and not something actively stopped or discouraged
- Allowing socialisation and informal time. This could be as simple as moving from what would have been a boardroom briefing to a coffee-in-hand walk – same subject matter, but entirely different vibe (and overall impression)
This isn’t groundbreaking stuff but it starts to shape an office environment (a culture) into one where people look forward to walking through the front door. Where they start to get the ‘I dig this place’ feels, and this is a very, very good thing.
Now, all you need is the perfect partner to give you an office space in which to create a culture of employee lovin’. And that’s us, Office & Co. Our workspaces are functional, affordable, good looking and above all can handle all the fun you got. They’re also 100% COVID compliant. Choose from our Joburg and Cape Town spaces, and let the love in.