Think of deadlines, targets, meetings or brainstorming sessions and the competitive nature of corporate life comes to mind. Stress is difficult to handle by many of the leaders in the organizations, due to overwork, fast deadlines, completing targets and so on. Not only does it causes the low productivity and low efficiency but also a health hazard.

Work related stress and tension in an organisation can skew its efficiency gradient and heavily affect the output of employees.

Besides, these days’ employees spend a better part of their day at their workplaces leaving little time for pursuit of personal interests. As a result many companies have woven the ‘fun’ factor in their organisational fabric so as to boost employee morale and up the happiness quotient of their staff

A person’s actions are reflective of his/ her state of mind. A pleasant mind will produce affirmative efforts while a stressed one will lead to below par results.

An HR (Human Resource) manager of a company opines, “Every organisation strives to provide to its workers a congenial working atmosphere. Various recreational programs that are arranged are an extension of this endeavour.”

With jobs stretching across shifts and varied time zones, employees at times find themselves at the intersection of pressure and paucity of time.

Fun activities are mainly conducted to give a breather to employees from their regular routine. It helps them connect with their own selves, something that often stops after having fallen in a mechanical pattern. Besides, it fosters interaction with other colleagues as well.

Such exercises can be in the form of various ‘days’, for example ‘red day’, wherein employees are expected to incorporate the colour red in their dress code, Family Day, appreciation day, theme days etc.

On certain occasions, they can also be in the form of amusing games like dumb charades, talent hunt contest, best story, poems and to take out any other hidden talent of the employee through such schemes, it may work as the stress buster but can provide an opportunity to the employee to feel good in the organisation. Organising sporting events are also an interesting way to impact employee sensibilities in a positive manner. Festivals too are a great time to forge a sense of kinship among various co-workers.

The ‘fun’ activities can also include quiz sessions and essay competitions, thus catering to those with an intellectual bent of mind. Apart from lush and verdant campuses, most workplaces these days are equipped with facilities like library and gymnasium.

“Stress busters like these pave the way to a cheerful workplace,” opines the HR manager. Some companies also arrange yoga workshops considering the popularity of this discipline. This helps in de-stressing the mind and body as a whole.

Yoga workshops have become a latest fad in the organizations today because of the results it provides as the stress buster and also takes care of the health of the employees.

Says Abhishek Srivastava, an employee at a software firm, “Such initiatives help one in getting to know their colleagues better. Often interesting and unknown facets of others show up during such get-togethers which are otherwise hidden. That they are a welcome change from the rigours of mundane duties, is a given.”

Ascending the corporate ladder in order to make it big, at times, leads to employees losing out on the smaller joys at the workplace. Certain inherent talents and flairs get buried under work pressure.

Recreational activities help one rediscover the same. Organisations are aiming at a holistic development of their workforce and hence are ready to go the extra mile.

Sweta Pathania, IT professional quips, “Deviant workplace initiatives like these are a great diversion from the normal work that we all do. Personally, I feel it helps me to connect with the child in me and gives me immense pleasure.”

‘Fun’ activities help refresh the mind and body. Since most of such practices are team-oriented, they make employees realise the importance of teamwork as well. Networking is important fallout of workplace recreation.

Any organisational initiative must be treated by employees in an unprejudiced manner. By participating in recreational activities at the workplace they should come out of their restricted circle

Distressing activities generally does not give boost to the morale of the employees, but if we provide an opportunity to bring in some fun to end the monotony, there is nothing like it.

  • R.Nataraja

    All these activities of stress busting takes place only in large organizations esp in IT and in ITES. But in smaller companies, I really wonder whether these are really carried out. In factories, industries people hardly get time to relax because of deadline factor and they work continuously in two shifts. Fun @ workplaces are implemented mostly at IT and ITES organizations. People working in manufacturing, chemical, various small and medium scale companies are also in need of these methods to help them motivate, inspire and innovate. The company has to bring certain changes to make them realize their true value by arranging family outings, childrens day for the employees, contributing for a social cause etc.