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A recent survey has shown that having fun at work can help reduce the amount of sick days employees take and also boost productivity.
If your company suffers from recurrent absenteeism or the workforce appear to lack motivation, could this be a way of motivating your staff and reducing illnesses?
The study, carried out by BrightHR and leading psychologist Professor Cary Cooper, found that whilst younger workers enjoyed having fun in the workplace, this was not a view always shared by older employees. With younger workers - so-called Millennials (see our related article here) - set to make up 50% of the workforce by the year 2020, this is something that companies should take heed of.
Entitled It Pays to Play, the study showed that 79% of school leavers and graduates thought that fun at work is important and almost half of these felt it would encourage them to work harder. However, only just over half of those aged 55 to 60 years felt the same, and two thirds of these thought it would not increase productivity.
Likewise the study found that fun experiences at work impacted on the amount of sick days taken by workers - with over 60% having no time off sick during the previous three months. Employee well-being is not limited to being physically fit - improved psychological health is also more likely amongst fun-havers.
Why have fun?
So why is it important to younger employees that they have fun at work? They tend to have the outlook that enjoying themselves is not confined just to after work - longer working hours and having to wait longer for retirement age could be contributory factors in this. Also they are of a different mind-set to previous generations of workers, who are more prepared to work rigid working hours and have a financially motivated work ethic.
There is a career-ladder though where fun is concerned - those higher up the management scale can still take part, but business owners are less likely to want to participate (not sure that this applies here at Recruit Recruit though!)
Regional variations show that employees in Scotland and London are most like to have fun at work, whilst Welsh and North East of England workers indicate they did not take part in any amusing activities.
Top five for fun
The report found that workers thought these to be the top five fun activities to have at work:
• Dress down Friday (25%)
• Office parties/nights out (21%)
• A pool table (19%)
• An office pet (18%)
• Well-being massage days (17%)
Recruit Recruit is well on the way to having a fun workplace - dress-down Friday and office dogs make it a great place to work. Add to this Fat-Fridays - where the team eat really-bad-for-you-food all together at lunchtime - and a competition to bring back the best-worst holiday souvenir and we are well up there in the happiness stakes.
If you’re not having fun, or even just not happy in your current career then call us for an informal chat about how we can help you make a move - 01902 763006.