We don’t often encounter the words “fun” and “leadership” in the same sentence, do we? To be fair, most of our upper management is under the whip in a fluid economic landscape – wading through impossibly high expectations, a giant ball of red tape and the shifting sands of political correctness. That leaves very little room for “fun,” and yet there is a startling amount of evidence that a simple corporate fun day brings unexpected (and hugely positive) effects to a team.
Leaders – and we’re including those in HR and who have some level of influence over their leaders – have a responsibility to build and maintain a happy, healthy and productive team. How are you faring?
Do You Have A Happy Team?
The data leaking through from the Gallup organisation has been telling us for a number of years that roughly 70 percent of employees are “actively disengaged.” That doesn’t sound good at all, does it? If you’re not totally sure what this means on a day-to-day basis, here’s a little excerpt from Recruiter.com which spells it out for us:
Engaged Employees -”Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.”
Disengaged Employees -”Not engaged employees are essentially ‘checked out.’ They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.”
Actively Disengaged Employees - “Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged co-workers accomplish.”
While there may be a hundred reasons for an employee to be unhappy at work, we can and should be doing what is within our power to keep our team engaged, positive and motivated. It’s no secret that such a team will outperform their miserable counterparts in no small way. In fact, statistics show that employees who have fun at work are more productive and take fewer sick days.
Can a Corporate Fun Day Really Help?
Consider this: The term “team building activities” consistently receives an average of 9,900 searches a month in the United Kingdom alone. Similar searches include “corporate team building,” and “corporate fun day”.
It would certainly seem that UK management is actively looking for ways to keep their staff engaged.
Why do you think that is?
What Are The Benefits of a Corporate Fun Day?
Team Building – The word itself may sound a little clichéd but bear with us. Each member of your team is a unique individual with their own perspectives, upbringing, biases and preferences. While it would be great if “we could all just get along”, that is seldom the situation in our workforce.
Spending some time away from the confines of the office in a fun and exciting space allows individuals the opportunity to forge a different relationship than would be expected in the office. In a relaxed and informal setting, you may learn that Mary from accounts is a genius with crossword puzzles and Peter from operations has a pet llama called Colin. Uncovering the personality behind the person has a way of smoothing rough edges, making us each a little more tolerant and this will certainly spill over into the office.
People who would usually not interact may find common interests which draw everyone a little closer together and oil the cogs of the corporate machine.
Increased Morale – We spend more and more time indoors, whether we’re in the office, in our cars or our homes. It can get pretty monotonous, don’t you think?
Breaking up the working week with a corporate fun day provides staff with something to look forward to, a well-earned break from the mundane, and added appreciation for their leaders who are showing the concern that most employees crave.
Uncovering Hidden Skills – It’s quite incredible when people drop their guard and show a little of who they really are. This is a perfect time for management to pay close attention.
Is one of your junior staff showing a remarkable level of leadership skill in their chosen activity? Do you have someone in data analysis displaying incredible creativity? How do they collaborate? Has someone stood out as an excellent teacher or mentor during their fun activities?
If you are serious about keeping your best staff, then a corporate fun day is an excellent way to uncover rough diamonds to invest your time and training in.
What Activities Would You Choose?
Your choice of activities will certainly depend on the age and interests of your workforce. Consider some of these options and perhaps ask some of your team members what would excite them.
- Interactive cocktail making
- Creative team trials including riddles, conundrums and construction
- Quiz nights
- Pub games
- Simulators (Don’t you love the rodeo bull?)
- Photo Booths
- Crazy golf
- Blackjack and other casino games
- Indoor laser shooting
We’ve only mentioned a handful of thrilling, hilarious and memorable experiences that you and your valuable team can enjoy. There’s so much more and we would definitely encourage you to scroll through some of the other options. There’s something to keep the Millennials happy as well as making sure your Baby Boomers are entertained.
Now that you have the facts, what are you going to do?
Book a corporate fun day through Simply The Best Events and let us create a special occasion for you and your hard-working team. Call us on 0800 019 3908