Do Recreational Activities help employees? Before we answer it, let’s check some other interesting questions.
“How do we ensure optimal performance from the employees”?
“In what ways do we keep them engaged and satisfied”?
“How do we remove employee attrition and the related costs”?
Flip through the daily journals of any HR manager and you will view the above or related similar questions in the columns marked ‘priority’.
With so much of an employer’s focus on improving employee productivity, it is natural that managers and HR are constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to improve the same.
The quote- unknown attribution- “A happy employee is a productive employee” might have been written by a proactive manager. He/She must have had his ‘eureka’ moment upon figuring the key to making his uninterested direct report more productive. “It is in keeping him/her happy” he might have exclaimed!
Notably, an employer has a plethora of tools, like better ambiance and work atmosphere, more leaves, flexible work timings, work from home, etc, to keep an employee happy, engaged and more productive. Also, one such efficient tool is investing in employee recreational activities.
Since it is known to foster teamwork, coordination and also a great stress buster, investing in employee recreational activities might very well be the elusive answer to the question: seeking ways to enhance employee productivity?
Here we discuss ‘how recreational activities help employees’
1. Teamwork, Coordination, and Cooperation
Helping in improving teamwork, coordination, and cooperation among the employees is one of the major reasons how such activities can be beneficial to an employee as an individual and the organization.
A vast majority of such activities involves employees participating together. Investing in recreational activities like team sports, etc can be a perfect foil for the intense work hours requiring the team to work together.
2. Improves Interaction
Work hours bound the employees in the workstation cubicle. This might, also, hamper effective communication among the employees. Recreational activities help in breaking this cycle of little or no interaction. Eventually, they encourage employees to break the ice and interact with each other. Gradually, a better and stronger workforce and team is formed. Undoubtedly, the importance of team building is known in the corporate world. Nevertheless, with changing times, tips for innovative team building among employees are getting updated too.
3. Reduces Stress
The stress of demanding work requirements, if not managed well can be a huge sap on one’s energy and productivity. Not to mention, the adverse health impacts associated with high degrees of stress. So introducing fun using recreational activities at the workplace might go a long way in reducing the stress among the employees, thereby improving their work performance as well.
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4. Boosts Creativity and Motivation
Introducing fun elements and recreational activities here and there in the humdrum of the daily work routine. It also gives an employee the much-needed break which is eventually boosts creativity and encourages out-of-the-box ideas.
5. Makes the Work Environment Fun
Considering the vast literature available on how a fun-filled work environment is more conducive for the optimum performance of an employee. It helps in introducing recreational activities as a routine feature to enable the employee to perform to his optimum level becomes a task of utmost importance.
Therefore, setting up a recreational room(with a game like pool, table tennis, etc) can be a perfect way, for an employer, to help the employee unwind, take his/her mind off work and go back refreshed.
6. Improving Work Culture
Lastly, a direct result of introducing recreational activities is that it leads to an improved work environment. Further, it leads to increased employee satisfaction, lesser turnover, and improved performance.
The above list is a non-exhaustive one. However, it provides a glimpse into the answer to the question ‘How Recreational Activities can help employees’. So organizations, go ahead and invest in the recreational activities you have been planning for a long time. Wasn’t it the great American entrepreneur who said
“There is little success where there is little laughter” – Andrew Carnegie.
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