BrightHR and Robertson Cooper’s It Pays to Play Report Reveals Growing Importance of Workplace Fun - and Highlights Key Benefits to Employers We’re all looking for ways to boost morale and increase productivity – and making the workplace a fun place is fast becoming a must for modern managers. As well as keeping team members happy, creating a positive environment where employees can enjoy plenty of downtime, offers strong benefits for employers too – boosting outputs and reducing absenteeism. New research released earlier this month makes a clear business case for this workplace fun – especially for those companies with younger, graduate or Millennials (25-35-year-olds) teams.
[pullquote]Work is no longer about getting the job done and then going home for your fun – younger generations want to enjoy their work too” – Cary Cooper[/pullquote]The It Pays to Play report, commissioned by online HR specialists, BrightHR and leading business psychology firm, Robertson Cooper, shows a clear correlation between productivity and play. It reveals that having fun at work – on a wide spectrum that includes everything from a spontaneous activity to more formal activities such as free massages or gaming zones – results in younger employees working longer and harder and being less likely to take sick leave. With Millennials – those born between the early 1980s and early 2000 – predicted to make up 75 per cent of the UK workforce by 2025, this is an insight British businesses cannot afford to ignore. According to the research, this younger demographic are entering the jobs market with a belief that fun is central to their work happiness. More than three quarters (79 per cent) of the school leavers and graduates questioned told the It Pays to Play report they felt enjoying themselves in the office was very important, with four out of ten (44 per cent) adding it actively encouraged them to work harder. Older workers were similarly enthusiastic. More than half (56 per cent) of the 55-60-year-olds quizzed said being able to relax and play was a key benefit for them too. The It Pa