Often, business owners don’t think about their Arizona commercial office space as an area where their team should have fun. But, research continues to find that employees are more productive, more efficient, and stay longer at companies when they are happier at their jobs. We have 7 ways to make your Arizona office space fun.
1. Non-Company Meetings
Having recurring meetings or team building activities that are not work-related may seem counterintuitive, but offer a big payoff. Your employees will enjoy having time to get creative, relax, compete, and get to know their fellow workers better, which can in turn lead to a stronger team.
Get canvases so your employees can let out their inner Picasso, then use the pieces as art throughout the office. Bring in a yoga instructor to help your office reach their wellness goals. Foster healthy competition with a chili cook off.
2. Make It a Second Home
When you’re at home, you’re happy because you are comfortable. Bring elements into your workspace that remind your employees of home. Carve out space for a common area with comfortable seats. Add some game tables like air hockey, foosball, or video games. Let your employees decorate their space to their choosing.
3. Celebrate Together
Families celebrate together. Your office family shouldn’t be any different. For the months employees have birthdays, bring in cake and ice cream. Give a gift to employees when they reach their anniversary with your company. Celebrate holidays together. Bring in pumpkins to decorate for Halloween and cookies to ice around the winter holidays.
4. After Work Meetups
Getting out of the office is the best way to get to know your team members. Consider monthly after-work happy hour meetups or group outings like going to Top Golf, volunteering together, having a karaoke night, or trying your hand at rock climbing. Just make sure you never make them required.
5. One Word: Dogs
An office trend these past years is to allow employees to bring their dog to work on certain days. That’s because having dogs around can make people more positive and reduce stress — which are both beneficial for an average workday.
Of course, you need to check with your Arizona office space landlord first, as they may not allow them on premise or require a pet deposit. You also need to make sure all employees feel comfortable around dogs and instill rules — i.e. dogs are banned if they ever bite or bark incessantly. And then there is a potential for a mess.
6. The Key to the Heart Is the Stomach
There is a reason date night usually consists of a dinner out. The key to many people’s heart is getting out of the “hangry” stage. Being a great manager requires courting your employees. Have snacks available when the office hits the mid-afternoon slump. Surprise the office with a catered lunch every quarter.
7. Loosen Up
The workforce is morphing into a more relaxed atmosphere that offers employees flexibility. When the weather is 70 and sunny outside, it can be difficult going into work. Take meetings outside to give your employees some vitamin D.
If your industry allows a casual dress code, let your employees wear items like jeans and t-shirts. They’ll appreciate not having to wear a starched suit. Offer your employees the ability to work from home. They’ll be thankful on the days a plumber needs to work on their house or their child is sick.
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