5 Ways to Have Fun at Your Veterinary Office
Has the mood in your veterinary clinic felt a bit dreary lately? Or, maybe your coworkers seem a little more disengaged than usual? We spend a third of our lives at work, so why not spice things up?
Packing fun into your workplace can help build camaraderie, increase productivity, enhance employee satisfaction, and encourage creativity. Make your employees eager to come into the office by setting up a pleasant, productive, inviting environment that’s conducive to getting work done.
We challenge you to rejuvenate your office with one of these 5 “Fun at Work Day” ideas.
1. Turn Up the Tunes
When it seems like your office has been hit by those Monday morning blues, try turning up the tunes. Music has the ability to quickly shift our moods, improve accuracy, increase productivity, and relax employees. Perk up your team members by creating a communal playlist featuring every team member’s favorite song(s). Who knows, maybe this burst of fresh music will even spur a spontaneous dance party!
2. Have Dress up Days
Halloween costumes, Super Bowl spirit wear, ugly Christmas sweaters, fun-patterned scrubs…the list goes on! Dress up days allow your employees to show off their personalities and channel their creativity, and they also inspire friendly competition. Not to mention, your clients (and maybe patients) will think it’s pretty cool that you and your staff know how to have a good time.
3. Team Meals
Everybody eats, so why not eat together? Conversing over food is an easy way to get to know your coworkers and helps build camaraderie and nurture deeper work relationships. If you can foster an environment where coworkers are establishing true friendships with the people around them, the happier they will be. Team meal ideas include: hire a food truck, hire a coffee barista for the day, go to a restaurant together, or cater in! For a budget-friendly idea, try a salad bar day where every team member brings in their favorite topping.
4. Team Exercise
There’s no better way to energize your employees than team exercise. It could be as simple as walking around the building during breaks, occasionally stretching at your desk, or taking a trip to a nearby park. Take it to the next level by starting a company recreational sports league. If recreational sports aren’t your thing, you could try a “laughter yoga” session, which provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Whatever your exercise of choice may be, any kind of exercise can provide excellent health benefits and revive your entire team.
5. Decorate your Office
Are you tired of white walls, white ceilings, and unflattering lighting? Just because it’s an office, that doesn’t mean it has to look like one. Decorating your office can have a huge impact on how employees and clients feel toward your business – it reflects the culture and brand of your company. Also, allowing employees to decorate their workplace is a great morale booster. Double happiness points for adding bright colors and big live plants!
If your office is in a winter rut, maybe it’s time to add a little pizzazz to your workday. The 5 ideas above are a great place to start. Encourage silliness and fun like this often enough, and every day will start to feel a bit more like fun at work day.