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Most of us spend about a third of
our time in our workplace
. Sitting in front of a laptop, sharing with
colleagues, meetings and brainstorming is part of our daily routines, but how
many of us go to the office to have fun?
Recent studies by psychologists
and economists show happy workers are 12% more productive and companies actually
reduce their costs and increase productivity!
Having a nap place, some comfy
couches, access to games like a Wii or PS, allowing team members to bring their
pets, having a slide, music lounges, pool tables or ping pong. Those are only
some of the things dot-coms have done at their offices and workers are more
motivated than those in other industries.
For traditional companies it may
sound outrageous to take the dog to the office. What if they start bad odors? What
If they start barking and disturb other workers? Well, think of it the other
way. What if the dog helps the staff to relieve some stress, or by taking the
pet out to walk workers come up with creative ideas?
Crazy ideas usually don’t come up
in meeting rooms or brainstorming. They come up when you’re relaxing or at the
most unexpected moments. Those “aha” moments strike us when we’re in the
shower, watching TV or doing something not related to work.
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Some CEOs might question why they
should have a place for their employees to sleep; they’re paid to work not to
sleep! But guess what, taking a quick nap helps people to continue their work
with more energy and avoids the usual sleepy sensation after lunch when we
struggle to keep our eyes open and our head standing.
And why should they play games! Because
when some of us face problems or road blocks, our mind doesn’t see any
alternatives, and rather than sitting in front of your computer for hours with
no answer, it’s better to think about something else. Let's give our minds a break
and once we’re back, it’s most likely a solution will be found.
Do you have any fun places in
? If you don’t, start thinking about creating them, you’ll be
surprised with the results.
Labels: cool workplace, Fun offices, happy workers.