27 Jun Over half of all workers would take a pay cut if you offered them some corporate entertainment
How fun is your workplace? If you’re being honest with yourself, probably not very fun. It is, after all, a workplace. Businesses from Toronto to Sydney to Milan all have one thing in common: they pay their employees to spend eight or so hours a day, five days a week doing things for the business in return for cash. Nobody is expecting events or entertainment at work, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t like it. Research has revealed that close to 60% of workers would take a cut in pay if it meant they could experience more fun at work. Surprised? Time to introduce some corporate entertainment, and we’d suggest corporate comedy.
Many hours of research has been dedicated to investigating employee engagement and the dangers of boredom. As a result, most employers know that boredom is bad and engagement is good. But what exactly does it mean? What does engagement have to do with fun, and how does engagement benefit a company?
For starters, the Workplace Research Foundation has found that increasing your employee engagement investment by just 10% can increase your company profits by up to AU$3300 per employee, every year. In short, it is in the best interest of your company to work at keeping your employees engaged at all times.
The second thing to consider is that research has shown a strong positive correlation between the reported amounts of fun employees experience at work with the levels of employee engagement in a company. Companies that introduce fun things like the occasional appearance by a corporate comedian into the workplace, for example, can experience an uptick in engagement as high as 70% as time passes.
If you’re thinking that you are going to have to deal with whoopee cushions, prank patrols, and silly string just to keep your employees having fun, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Most employees recognise the important of a workplace and want to get the job done. They just also want to have time set aside for enjoyment.
This is where corporate entertainment comes in. Making entertainment a built-in regular part of your employee’s life and not just an annual work-end event can have profound effects on their engagement. Stress-relieving activities such as attending corporate comedy nights or enjoying a show are great. They offer your workers a chance to laugh off the stress, let their hair down and in turn return to work, ready to go the extra mile. It’s a win-win situation. So what are you waiting for? Book a corporate comedian today!