As the CEO of a company, you make a lot of decisions that directly impact all of your employees, from health care to salary and hiring decisions. One decision that many CEOs tend to overlook is right under your nose: your company culture.
When the average person thinks of work, he’s not thinking of “fun” or even that he enjoys getting up and going to work — and he’s almost certainly not thinking about how he won’t want to leave work at the end of the day. However, your employees aren’t average and your company shouldn’t be, either. Culture is one of the benefits that draw employees and even customers to your company. It makes people say, “I want to be part of that.”
Every aspect of the environment at our company includes an element of fun. We encourage a “work hard, play hard” mentality and we embrace it from the top, down. Here are a few examples of how we incorporate everyday enjoyment into our work culture that perhaps could work for you, too.
People and technology continually change. The days when the norm was to start a career at one company and stay there until retiring are dwindling.Employees want more from their employers. In fact, our team thrives in a social, collaborative and productive space that encourages playfulness while at work. Adding enjoyment back into the workplace contributes to innovation and new ideas and can help you make progress toward achieving your company’s goals.
How we do it
I want to ensure that our corporate employees look forward to coming to work every day. Adding distinctive and entertaining elements to our building was an easy way to bring creativity to the work environment. These features work well for our team and might inspire a new feature for your company:
A slide — It’s a great conversation starter as well as a way to get the team fired up about the day. It’s also a feature that almost everyone enjoys on a Friday afternoon.
A putting green — Some of the best thinking and negotiations happen on the green, which is why we installed two on the roof of our building. It’s a good way to take your mind off a problem you’ve been working over for too long so you can head back to the office refreshed and ready to tackle anything.
A pool table — Similar to the putting green, pool is a great game that gives employees a chance to take a step back from their work and connect with one another. It gives them an opportunity to collaborate and get in some healthy competition with co-workers.
In addition to the physical elements within our office, we also bring joy back into the workday in other ways:
High-fives — We started the “High-Five at 3:05” to get the team motivated during that after-lunch slump. Do you know how exciting a high-five can be? Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.
Floor battles — We encourage our team to have fun by competing against other floors at the office for charity donations. A healthy competition between floors and departments benefits various local nonprofits and can mean fun bragging rights. If you don’t have multiple floors within your company, you can have various departments compete against one another. It is a great way to give back to the community.
Snacks and treats — Everyone needs brain food, so we put bistros on every floor of the building. My employees are able to make a quick snack run or grab a coffee pick-me-up whenever they need it. It’s a creative way to thank them for their hard work and dedication that sets us apart from other companies.
I’ve found that unique perks, games and quirks endear a company to those who work at and purchase from it. They make the company more lively and help it stand out from the competition. More importantly, it helps recruit, build and retain first-class teams.