Could a ‘fun’ working environment be the answer to improving staff engagement and retention? It’s not an unknown fact that Millennial and Generation Z workers are less likely to commit to a company, Forbes found that only 28% of millennials plan to stay in their current role for more than five years!

So how can we engage and retain millennial workers?

It has emerged that the new generation of workers are increasingly more concerned with workplace perks and work life balance over other job factors. This is the generation that has been told they can have it all, that a job should be something you enjoy doing and not just a way of putting food on the table. If they don’t enjoy going to work they will simply look elsewhere. Studies also show that happier employees are more engaged and productive in their roles. Many companies are overlooking this generational change, and still operating with an outdated company culture. It may have worked in the past but the desires of the workforce have changed.

So what does a happy workforce look like in this millennial age? Is it possible that a “fun” working environment will quell any job dissatisfaction and also boost staff engagement?

Why having ‘fun’ at work matters.

There is more to a fun working environment than just putting smiles on faces. “Fun” activities breakdown communications barriers between individuals, allowing conversations to flow naturally and relationships to be built.

Fun activities often lead to creative solutions, and a 2015 study by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy found that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12% and, in some cases, up to 20% more than a control group.

Happy employees make for great branding too. A person who enjoys their work is likely to speak positively of the company to friends, family, and prospective collaborators.

So how do you go about creating a happy work environment?

Avoiding monotony is crucial to creating an enjoyable environment, repetition can foster feelings of dissatisfaction and restlessness. Scheduling time for everyone to come together and step away from their desks can break that cycle of repetition. So, whether that means organising a mind-boggling team building activity, or encouraging your team to get outside for some fresh air at lunch time. The change in routine will be welcomed, and your employees will return to their desks feeling refreshed and engaged.

If you want your employees to care about the company, you must show that the company cares about them. Employees that feel unappreciated feel little allegiance to the company, are more likely to perform poorly, and eventually leave. Regularly checking in on your employees and uncovering any issues, will prove beneficial to both productivity and happiness.

On that note, make sure that when your employees do something great it is recognised and rewarded! Positive energy spreads. If you give positive feedback to someone, they are likely to pass a little positivity on. Ensuring the atmosphere in your office remains sunny.

Make sure your millennial employees don’t feel unhappy or underappreciated, highfive makes rewarding fun, engages both right and left-brain thinkers and even allows employees to highfive one another for a job well done!

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