Is it possible that bikes, backrubs and a dog named Eggs can make your company and employees work more efficiently and have an over all better quality of life? The answer is - Yes! Americans employed full-time put in almost 47 hours a week on the job, so enjoying work is a big deal for employees and an even more serious issue for employers. Studies have shown that happy workplaces are significantly more productive and innovative. Plus, making a workplace as enriching and satisfying as possible is simply the right thing to do.
There are many small and large ways you can modify your work place to create an environment where people can be happily productive.
Some companies go to quirky extremes to improve workplace happiness. For instance, Patagonia provides daily wave reports to keep surfing staffers up-to-date on the gnarliest swells, while Google offices feature game rooms, napping pods and a bowling alley to keep the office moral up.
Jungle is not quite the size of those companies (we're working on it) but we do our best to keep things interesting and productive. For instance, a couple of weeks ago, we had a masseuse come in and give a knot-pulverizing back rub to whomever needed one. Massages aren't just great for muscle tension; they also reduce stress and anxiety, and can even improve sleep.On a more regular basis, my senior dog, Aegi "Eggs", comes to work with me everyday. His marketing ideas are, frankly, terrible and he sleeps on the job a lot, but everyone enjoys his company and when he walks up for a head scratch it's a welcome reprieve on a stressful workday. Research has shown that dogs in the office can increase collaboration and improve mood because it allows people to take little breaks throughout the day to walk or play. Jungle is in good canine company too... the retail giant Amazon has allowed dogs in its headquarters for 20 years.
Aegi 'Eggs' Victori
L to R: Francine Mikhail (CFO), Johnathan Munoz (Video Production), Sam Mikhail (CEO), Leslie Victori (Operations Manger) Ben Stecky (Client Relations)
Even without exercise, getting out of the office every so often can be stimulating. That's why we take company-wide outings whenever possible. Next month, some of our heartier, and more foolish, professionals are taking part in the Rugged Maniac 5k obstacle race, which has become a bit of a Jungle Communications yearly tradition now.
L to R: Sammy (CEO) Dave (Art Director) Louis-Philippe (Social Media) Pat (Webmaster)
So, what are some other ways employers can make their work environments more enjoyable and more productive?
Keeping employees engaged and motivated is good for morale, and good for business. Just remember that building a great place to work doesn't come down to one big step, but many little steps.
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