How to Walk the Fine Line between Fun Company Culture and Wasting Time


When you cultivate a worker-friendly company culture, you will notice an almost immediate difference in employees’ attitudes and behavior, as they feel more appreciated and relaxed, as well as better equipped to focus on performance and productivity.

Everyone wants to work somewhere fun, but at the end of the day, you have a business to run. Follow these tips to be successful at both.

Organize Challenges

Set up friendly competitions between departments or work groups. Include both work and non-work related activities. For instance, split a sales group into two teams and have them see who can generate the most leads in a certain amount of time. Then add a ping pong tournament, just for them to relax and blow off steam.

  • On-site pool tables, putting greens, basketball hoops and similar diversions are very useful as creative outlets and team builders. Informal brainstorming sessions take on a new level of excitement, and employees “stuck” on a project benefit from a few minutes away from their desk, at play.

Support Breaks

Too many businesses have cultures where workers put in increasingly long days without breaks. The erroneous thought process behind such environments is that working non-stop for an extended period of time will make you more productive. In reality, the opposite is true. Breaks provide a necessary and welcome opportunity to decompress.

  • Breaks lead to fresher minds, greater problem-solving abilities and focus, and more creative thinking. Encourage your team members to take breaks when needed – within reason, of course.
  • Set up dedicated break rooms. Furnish them comfortably, keep them clean and well lit, and stock them with complementary or “honor system” snacks. Consider providing occasional catered lunches, juice bars, bagel deliveries, or visits from food trucks.

Encourage Socialization

Workplaces where people get away as friends tend to succeed more than those where co-workers keep their distance. Offsite socialization is a great way to boost co-worker relations.

  • Treat your team to lunch or host an evening backyard barbecue. Not everyone has to be best friends, but getting away from the workplace and seeing each other more personally helps employees to work better together and have more fun in the process.
  • Put together a committee to be in charge of collecting ideas and organizing events. In and of itself, this will encourage more collaboration, as employees work together to think of ways to bond.

Celebrate Success

A little goes a long way when it comes to employee recognition and reward. Recognize achievements realized and goals met, both individually and by teams. This doesn’t have to be expensive. Hosting a pizza party or similar mini-gathering can make a big impact.

  • Provide both private and public acknowledgement. Thank and congratulate employees one on one, email them and copy senior management, and recognize them in staff meetings.

The CPS Recruitment® team can partner with you to develop your best approach to building a culture that works for your company, while meeting ongoing production and customer service targets. Reference our Client Resource Center or contact us at 315-457-2500 today to learn more.




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