Fun Ways to Liven Up the Office

Now that we’re in the fall months, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, which could be a little depressing for some employees. Add on top of that the fact that the fall is generally the busiest season for many businesses, and you could have some pretty stressed out employees. While more pay, better benefits and other incentives like these are some ways to boost morale, these might not be possible. However, all hope is not lost. Here are some ways you can have more fun in the office to get through the fall and winter seasons.

 

  • Create a game room: Health professionals say that sitting in one place and staring at a computer screen for too long is bad for your health. It’s also bad for business. After a while, workers lose focus, get tired and simply don’t produce as good of work. A game room filled with classic arcade games, like the Ms. Pacman arcade machine, is sure to provide the ten minute mental break employees need to reboot.
  • Provide lunch once a week: You would be shocked by how appreciative employees can be when their employer is able to save them from the brown bagged lunch every once in a while. Having a once a week pizza day (or salad day if you’re shooting for the healthy route) is an easy way to boost morale and encourage employees to not have lunch at their desks. In one study, those who ate lunch at their desks were more anxious, less able to focus and exhibited less creativity.
  • Organize a philanthropic event: Community service projects are a great way for employees to work together to achieve a common goal, hopefully building trust and communication skills across the office. It’s also a way to make employees happier and want to stay longer. Besides the usual suspects for why employees choose to stay at a company, employees want to work for companies that are in line with their own values.
  • Themed office party anyone? The one great thing about the fall and winter seasons is that they lend themselves to a wide variety of holiday party ideas. Have a costume party on Halloween, awarding the most creative dressed. Christmas won’t be complete without a party to thank those who’ve helped keep your doors open. With so much going on, a party can be a welcome respite.