A survey by human resource firm Investors in People revealed that one in four employees feel unhappy at work, and nearly half of UK employees expect to be looking for a new job in 2018. With research suggesting that employee disengagement costs the UK economy £340bn annually, it is time for businesses to evolve in order to meet the demands of employees and retain staff.
But in a climate of increased workloads and pressure, what measures can be taken to improve staff wellbeing and boost morale within the work place?
Organising frequent team building activities or away days makes for one great solution, resulting in productive, efficient, motivated and engaged staff members. But how exactly?
Here we look at just some of the ways which our Animation Team Building activities benefit businesses by improving happiness and positivity within the workplace.
Happy employees are 12% more productive – study from the University of Warwick
Our bespoke activities have all been designed to push innovation, creativity, and collaboration within teams. But let’s be honest: playing with LEGO ™ and Plasticine is also just incredibly fun! And with a room full of happy employees the feel good factor and skills learnt in the sessions can be transmitted back in the workplace, helping enthuse and motivate staff in their roles and allowing them to be more productive.
I think people respond to positivity with wore positivity – Annie McGee, author of ‘How to be Happy at Work’
39 percent of people who say they are considering leaving their job say that they feel undervalued. Investing in your staff and taking a day out of the office to celebrate their achievements is a great way to show your employees that they are truly valued and appreciated. This in turn will breed positivity and engagement, allowing teams to unite and drive toward shared goals.
Learning should be celebrated as it’s the path towards innovation – Emma Miller, HR Blogger
‘What can we learn from animation that’s going to benefit our business’ – I hear you cry. Well filmmaking has always been a tool used to push creative boundaries, and our activities are certainly no different. During our sessions teams will learn and develop key transferable skills such as creative brainstorming, group collaboration, public speaking, design development and agile product management… to name but a few.
Communication, cooperation and collaboration creates a sense of camaraderie in the workplace
Dr. Aymee Coget, founder of Happiness for HumanKIND
A lack of collaboration or ineffective communication has been linked to 86 percent of all workplace failures. Effective communication is an important part of our team-building events, as members of a group must talk, discuss options, problem solve and present ideas. Communicating in these scenarios can lead to barriers being broken down between colleagues and internal departments, while also reducing a fear of failure. This all helps reinforce positive relationships that can be maintained back in the workplace and help develop long term team camaraderie.
For more information on ways team building can boost your business, see our post ‘The 7 Benefits of Team Building’