Why an All Work, No Play Philosophy is Bad for Business

No matter what industry you work in, you want your employees to be able to produce their finest work at all times. Sub-standard work isn’t good for you as the company, or the customer paying for it, so it’s down to you, the business owner to encourage your staff to produce the very best. Sure, your primary focus is to make money and build a great reputation in your industry but it should also be to be known as a great place to work.

While many companies implement a theory of ‘you’re here to work’, others use the philosophy that ‘a happy work force is a productive workforce.’ Dealing with holiday requests from staff is just one issue that causes problems within a firm, with requests to take time off often rejected, resulting in sour feelings from that particular employee or even whole teams if requests are regularly denied. Implementing workforce management solutions, however, can help those tasked with dealing with these requests to organise the employees in a much more efficient way so that there are more approvals and less rejections, resulting in increased morale and productivity.

So other than efficiently managing and approving staff holiday requests, how else can you ensure that your workforce remain happy and productive? One of the best-known methods, as touched upon earlier, is the theory that a happy workforce is a more productive one. This is why many employers are now looking for innovative ways of keeping morale high but balancing that with high productivity and standards. Games such as table tennis can be a great way of achieving this. They help to get staff not only away from their desks for a few minutes but also keeps them active throughout the day so that they can have fun, stretch their legs and lets the creativity flow. Who doesn’t enjoy some friendly office competition!

Organising “team building” activities might sound a bit ‘cheesy’ or outdated but in many cases they have proven to have numerous benefits to the company as well as individuals. People working within the same company but on separate teams might know very little about each other. This is where team building activities such as go-karting, rock climbing, or even just a night out in the pub can help to bridge those gaps, forge new friendships and improve the all-round morale in the office on Monday morning.

While it’s true that the primary focus from the moment you arrive on the premises until the moment you leave should be to give your job all of your focus and attention, producing what you’re getting to paid for; it’s also important that you’re given the opportunity to have fun while you’re there. After all, we spend a vast percentage of our lives at work meaning it should be enjoyable as well as financially rewarding. That isn’t to say that you take health and safety regulations with a pinch of salt – far from it – but recreational activities can help to make a company a much happier place to be, encouraging people to stay with the firm longer reducing recruitment costs as well as encouraging new talent to apply for positions in the future. If prospective employees can see that it’s a vibrant company who get the job done to a high standard and have fun along the way, they’re much more likely to be enthusiastic about joining the company and buying into the brand ethos.