WORK­PLACE CUL­TURE

A list of fun so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to do with your work­mates!

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Make 2017 one of the best years ever! A list of fun, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to do with your work mates.

Do you want to de­sign the best com­pany on earth to work for? For years, we’ve been ex­plor­ing the el­e­ments of a great com­pany cul­ture by ask­ing hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees in sur­veys and sem­i­nars all across the world to de­scribe their ideal or­ga­ni­za­tion. Many of the answers are, of course, highly spe­cific; while some are un­am­bigu­ous. The ‘or­ga­ni­za­tion of your dreams’ is largely as­pi­ra­tional. We of­fer our find­ings, ‘one’ of the many el­e­ments, so it can serve as an agenda for lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions that aim to cre­ate the most pro­duc­tive and re­ward­ing work­place cul­tures. So, let’s get down to busi­ness.

There’s some­thing en­chant­ing about cel­e­bra­tions – and it’s not just the food and par­ties. The com­mon­al­i­ties of cel­e­bra­tions, bind us to­gether – it’s the com­pan­ion­ship, joy, self­less­ness, and the to­geth­er­ness.

So, how can an or­ga­ni­za­tion re-cre­ate this kind of hol­i­dayin­duced hap­pi­ness and en­thu­si­asm in the work­place? Af­ter all, a hap­pier work­place leads to en­gaged em­ploy­ees! As a mat­ter of fact, happy em­ploy­ees take 10 times fewer sick days and are 12 per­cent more pro­duc­tive than un­happy em­ploy­ees. So, here’s how you can re-cre­ate hol­i­day-in­duced hap­pi­ness us­ing our fun cal­en­dar, which is filled with a list of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for your work­mates.

JINGLE & THE MIN­GLE

Hol­i­days are all about cel­e­bra­tion. The pos­si­bil­i­ties of cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial hol­i­days in the of­fice are end­less! You could host a Thanks­giv­ing potluck, plan a Se­cret Santa gift ex­change, dress up for Hal­loween, host a 4th of July pic­nic

filled with pa­tri­otic games or even nights’ fire­work.

‘TIS THE SEA­SON FOR GIV­ING

A grow­ing num­ber of com­pa­nies us­ing char­ity work as a way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. You can unite your em­ploy­ees to raise aware­ness and funds for health is­sues. You could plan a trip to the home­less shel­ter, run a char­ity race, and hold a canned food drive. There are so many ways in which you can give back to the com­mu­nity while also unit­ing your em­ploy­ees.

HAVE FUN!

You can get more cre­ative around spe­cial events like re­tire­ments, birth­days, pro­mo­tions, new ba­bies or adop­tions, ma­jor mile­stones or com­ple­tions or cer­tain projects, ma­jor of­fice changes like ren­o­va­tions, an­niver­saries or ten­ure, com­pany an­niver­sary, and lots more!

En­cour­age team spirit days. Of course, spirit days don’t have to be se­ri­ous, or re­volve around valu­able lessons. Of­fice out­ing can could be as sim­ple as go­ing out af­ter work on a Fri­day evening for a movie and pizza, or check­ing out a new bar that just re­cently opened, or go­ing out for fish and chips! You could even try out some of the be­low listed team out­ing ideas: Go­ing ice-skat­ing right be­fore the hol­i­days Tak­ing a walk to the lo­cal botan­i­cal gar­den Un­wind­ing at the beach dur­ing sum­mer Cel­e­brat­ing the start of spring by hav­ing a com­pany hik­ing trip

If the em­ployer is will­ing to cel­e­brate, it be­comes au­to­mat­i­cally im­por­tant to the em­ploy­ees. You need to make sure ev­ery­one

is fo­cused on the im­per­a­tive: cel­e­brate! Here’s why:

Cel­e­bra­tions build morale: High morale leads to high pro­duc­tiv­ity, which is a good thing for every com­pany. It bal­ances out the chal­lenges of a high per­for­mance work-cul­ture and less to re­duced ab­sen­teeism and em­ployee morale.

Cel­e­bra­tions can help un­der­line ma­jor mile­stones in your com­pany’s his­tory. Why waste a great achieve­ment? The pos­i­tive mo­men­tum can turn out to be a spring­board for your next goal. It can mag­nify and lead to even more pos­i­tive mo­ments.

Lastly, cel­e­bra­tions en­cour­age loy­alty at work. Every em­ployee wants to be ac­knowl­edged by and in the pres­ence of the co­work­ers. In a lot of com­pa­nies, it gets dif­fi­cult to see what other em­ploy­ees are work­ing on. Cel­e­bra­tions around recog­ni­tion gives em­ploy­ees val­i­da­tions, and makes them more loyal to their work and the com­pany they’re work­ing for!

When you’re plan­ning to cre­ate an of­fice fun cal­en­dar, make sure you keep it in­clu­sive. The cel­e­bra­tions should never be seen as dis­crim­i­na­tory.

Team-build­ing cel­e­bra­tions and events can pro­vide em­ploy­ees an op­por­tu­nity to un­wind and re­lax. Of course, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be an ad­ven­tur­ous out­ing, or a glam­orous, ex­pen­sive party. The idea is to get the team to­gether and learn new things about one an­other in­side or out­side of the work­place.

While you’re at it, you must al­ways take into con­sid­er­a­tion the va­ri­ety of op­tions at dif­fer­ent times. This in­clude the work hours, so em­ploy­ees with tight sched­ules even af­ter work hours, or those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties don’t get ex­cluded. Good luck!

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