We all want to feel happy and satisfied in the workplace, especially if we’re doing something we genuinely like. But you might be wondering how to achieve this. Well, the most important thing is that you are comfortable in your work environment. So, talk to your boss and see whether they are willing to let you bring some fun activities in the office. Here are some tips that can help you.
Allowing pets in the office
Did you know that large companies such as Google, Amazon and Nestlé allow workers to bring their dogs to the office? More and more businesses are realizing how many benefits come from having pets in the workplace. For example, in addition to feeling less stressed, the employees are usually more relaxed and the morale around the office tends to improve. Moreover, pets promote better teamwork and communication as they are usually a great topic for starting conversations. However, keep in mind that some employees might be allergic or afraid and some pets might be rowdy and quite distracting for your fellow employees. So, talk to them first before you bring up this topic with your employer.
Going out together
In order for your work environment to be more fun, you have to get along with your coworkers. And what better way for you to establish a connection than spending time together outside of work? For example, you can all go out to the cinema and see a new movie. Another option is to get together, go to a pub, get some drinks, celebrate your achievements and just talk. You can make this a monthly thing and people will start looking forward to it. Just remember to set some boundaries so that you can avoid conflict at a later date.
Throwing a costume party
Who says that it has to be Halloween to organize a costume party? Take the Aussies for example – while they work super hard, they also know how to keep things upbeat and have fun at work. When they want to throw a party, they visit a Sydney costume shop where they get to try on all sorts of getups until they find the right one. You can take the same approach. Think of a theme; it can be something along the lines of dressing up as your favourite book or movie character or having an ‘80s night. Discuss this with your boss to see whether it’s possible and try to organize a party every few months, for example, after a big project is completed. If you notice that people are enjoying themselves, you can do it more often.
Organizing sports events
If you and your coworkers are the sporty kinds, this is an amazing opportunity. For instance, if you want to go big, you can form your own softball team and take part in various events. Another similar option is bowling. On the other hand, you can have some smaller competitions inside the office. Put up a basketball hoop or get some goals and you can have a game during lunch. You can even invest in trophies for the winners as people love rewards. Alternatively, you can all go to yoga together or at least practice laughter yoga each morning. Consult with the higher-ups to see what they would allow.
Decorating the office together
Check whether your employer is willing to let you decorate your work stations as you like. We are all more productive in a friendly environment so having pictures of our loved ones or even some travel memorabilia can be quite nice. If there are any common areas, ask permission to decorate it yourself with the help of your fellow employees. For example, you can conduct a survey to see which colours they would like to see around the office and then repaint the walls or bring in some furniture pieces in that hue. Furthermore, introduce greenery into the office as it is beneficial for everyone’s health and improves the aesthetic.
There are so many other fun things you can decide to do, such as organize talent shows, build a wall of fame, listen to music, etc. The most important thing is to find an activity that suits everyone in the office. Enjoy your new workplace!
Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.