Fun is a word people would not think of associating with work. When working, one must channel all their energy to work and nothing else. Why do you think most companies block social media access during company hours? To a certain extent, it is true — work is work. But while cultivating a high-paced, high-productivity atmosphere is great for the business, companies lacking a fun atmosphere actually suffer long term.
Employees need to feel excited about coming to work every day. At the same time, they also need to have breathers from the high-pressure situations that arise daily. They need to know that while productivity is of the utmost importance, they are not simply cogging on a wheel.
How do you create an environment where employees feel comfortable, happy, and excited about their day-to-day duties? Creating this environment can be hard for any business. This question becomes even more difficult to answer when you have a remote team.
Fostering a workspace of joy and enthusiasm can seem nearly impossible when your team is spread across the world. It may be easy to create an atmosphere where employees can thrive when they are all in one building, but in a remote workplace, there needs to be a bit more effort put in to ensure your business is not all business. Check out some of the best ideas to create a fun remote workplace below.
At CrewBloom, we have started turning some meetings into games. Meetings with our leadership teams have turned into a form of Scategories. No one can have the same idea for the topic, and whoever comes up with the most brilliant ideas gets rewarded. This keeps the brainstorming sessions both competitive and engaging. The rewards can also be simple and inexpensive. It could be in a form of a small monetary bonus, a gift card, or social recognition.
The truth is, family members are important to the happiness of your team so companies need to figure out a way to include them. With remote teams, it can be difficult to connect with family members. The inability to host a family picnic or retreat means you need to get creative. To solve this, we surprise our employees with a sponsored dinner out with their family, tickets to a movie, or a unique experience. This will go a long way in making your team feel like they are part of a bigger family, and will make their actual family all the more invested in your business.
Host an annual team building
Give Out Branded Swag
Foster Shared Experiences
Got more ideas to create fun in the remote workplace? Share your experience as a remote worker and help companies make remote working even more fun.