A highly-engaged workforce can boost profitability by as much as 21%. And yet, only 36% of employees say they feel engaged in the workplace.
That’s because even though most companies understand they should be doing more to keep their employees engaged and motivated in the workplace, few have a solid understanding of how to achieve that. And a significant obstacle that many organizations struggle with is figuring out fun ideas to do at the office that the team will actually enjoy.
To help you avoid getting stuck with developing fun activity ideas for your workplace, here’s a list of a few options you could try out that are all but guaranteed to generate excitement.
Host a Virtual Holiday Party
It’s impossible to escape the holiday cheer, even in the office. And that’s why it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the upcoming festivities with your colleagues, planning a fun holiday party that everyone will enjoy. And the good news is that there are countless virtual holiday party ideas for your office you could consider, each offering a fun twist on the celebration and allowing all of your team members, including remote workers, to have a great time.
If you want to go with a classic choice, you can plan a themed virtual holiday party, getting people to dress up for a theme such as the 80s Christmas, “Home Alone,” or anything else Christmas-related. People can log into an online conference dressed according to the theme, bringing their theme-based drinks and food as well.
You can then enhance the virtual party experience by creating various fun activities people can do online. For instance, you could organize a holiday pop quiz, establishing a fun prize for the winner. Or, you could have a tasting party, getting people to buy the same wine, beer, cheese, or other foods to try out and evaluate together.
Plan a Lunch and Learn
Most employees today are always on the lookout for opportunities to learn and enhance their skill set. And that’s why you should consider planning a lunch and learn event at your company, where people can enjoy their lunch while learning something new from a guest or in-office speaker.
For instance, someone with experience in coaching could come in and share their insights on how to run one-on-one coaching sessions, or an employee could go through their method of going through a task quicker and with better results.
If you see that the lunch and learns are gaining traction, you could even make them a regular occurrence, planning the quick lectures in advance and greatly enhancing your team’s performance. This will not only be appreciated by your employees but can also lead to a significant boost in their performance.
Volunteer as a Team
Helping others is always a good feeling, especially when you can do it with a group of like-minded individuals. And that’s why one activity that will always be a great choice to try at your office is volunteering at your local non-profit.
And the good news is there will always be plenty of organizations in your area that are in dire need of help, even if it’s just a half-day of meaningful work that will impact your local community for the better.
Whether it’s assisting the elderly, working with animals, or helping to protect nature, banding together for a common goal is a surefire way to nurture a sense of camaraderie while also developing relationships that will translate into the work environment as well.
Beat an Escape Room Challenge
Escape rooms are becoming increasingly popular across the nation. And because of how they are designed, they are an ideal way to have a lot of fun with your team while also learning how to solve problems collectively and help each other succeed under time pressure.
There are probably a variety of different escape rooms in your area, featuring a variety of intriguing themes and designed to be suitable for beginners and advanced participants. To find the best option, suggest an escape room activity for your team and gather input about where they would like to go, what theme looks the most appealing, and what difficulty the team feels confident in taking on.
Since the pandemic, many escape rooms even offer the possibility of including people who cannot participate in person. That means you can invite your remote team members as well, making it a more inclusive experience and allowing everyone to share a bonding challenge.
Finding the right activities to keep your employees engaged isn’t always easy. You need to consider that your office may have remote workers who also want an opportunity to participate, so at least some activities you organize should be designed to facilitate remote participation.
With the workplace activities listed above, you will not only have a great time with your entire team but will also have a chance to improve cohesion and cooperation skills.