Recreation is different from the usual concept of play. It is important for work to be supported by recreation, recreation being useful to €recharge the battery’ so that work performances are improved. It is an important element that creates a balance between work and life.
Why is recreation required in an organization? What are its benefits? Having fun activities in offices or organizing fun theme based events by top event management companies throughout the year does not mean a waste of time, resource and productivity but in turn boosts morale, increases productivity and helps in better revenue generation.
Following are some points that can define the importance of recreation in any organization may it be banks, IT firms, FMCGs or even corporate event management companies in Mumbai
€ Breaks boredom / monotony
€ Helps interact with other departments / management
€ Increases productivity
€ Reduces stress
€ Builds unity
€ Creates a perfect balance between work & leisure
€ Builds self-esteem
€ Generates higher revenues
€ Enhances relationships skills
€ Develops time management
€ Concentrates on employee health and wellness
€ Generates leadership qualities
€ Recharges and rejuvenates the individual
€ Increases focus / concentration on goals
€ Leads to speedy accomplishments of goals
€ Creates a friendly atmosphere
€ Identifies high employee attendance levels
€ Boosts employee morale
€ Increases percentages of achievable targets
€ Helps generate innovative & big ideas
Some of the recreational activities include:
€ A room in office dedicated to games like pool, table tennis, carom, chess etc.
€ A gym or other work-out / stress reduction sessions like yoga / art of living etc. for employees to follow, pre or post work time.
€ Adventure trips / picnics for employees and the management team.
€ Indoor and outdoor team-building activities.
€ Celebration of festive events like Diwali, Christmas, Independence Day etc.
€ Music related sessions for better concentration and high spirits.
€ Theme based fun events clubbed with annual / bi-annual awarding ceremonies.
€ Screening of movies before heading for the weekend.
€ Celebration of employee birthdays in special and innovative ways.
€ Talent competitions to develop self-confidence.
€ Stress management / motivational & other feel good seminars / speeches by professional and renowned artists.
€ Library set-ups with a good collection of books catering to all individual tastes.
€ Open terraces for quick breathers.
€ Canteens stocking and supplying healthy and anti-depressant food & beverages.
What are the consequences of zero / no recreation in organizations?
€ No employee / department interaction
€ Hampers team-work
€ Negative & non-friendly exchange of attitudes
€ Identifies low employee attendance levels
€ Sluggish & dull work ambience
€ Slow accomplishments of tasks / projects
€ Non-unified work culture
€ Slow productivity
€ Lack of confidence
€ Low acceptance of work
€ Non- punctual work hours
€ Non-focused / low concentration levels at important gatherings, meetings, seminars etc.
€ High number of employee resignations
€ Lack of innovative and big idea generation
€ Low percentage of achievable targets
It’s extremely vital for organizations to focus on recreation to double up business benefits and not live in the belief that it is a mere interference in productivity.