Companies wanting to thrive need to continue investing in the happiness and success of their employees. Employees who know their employers want them to be happy and succeed are more likely to stay at a company longer than they might otherwise. They also tend to be more productive than those who do not feel the same concern from their employer. Richard Branson said, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so that they don’t want to”.
Companies that invest in their team members receive lasting benefits such as greater employee engagement and higher productivity levels. There are multiple ways in which companies can invest in employees above and beyond sending them to conferences and workshops to learn the hard skills that make a business run.
Employees need more than just hard skills to succeed
Companies need to have employees who have hard skills such as accounting, programming, writing and advertising. If, however, companies focus only on these hard skills as they consider training for their employees, they will miss out on significant opportunities to develop their employees in ways that can be just as beneficial to their company even though they may not be as easy to quantify.
When companies invest in soft skills training through staff development activities, they assist employees to be more resilient and productive. Employees who engage in such training through experiential or recreational means also become more innovative and team-oriented.
What role does recreation play in improving companies?
Recreation-based learning opportunities can help employees learn the soft skills they need to succeed at their work.These activities can also help them avoid burnout. Employee burnout is real. Below are a few of the negative consequences of workplace burnout:
- Increase in workplace accidents
- Lower employee engagement
- Decreased productivity
- Loss of revenue
The effects of burnout can be absolutely devastating to any business. The good news is any business can take action to help prevent burnout. Proactive use of recreation can help prevent problems.
Investing in quality recreation can provide numerous benefits to employees over and beyond just having fun. Here are several benefits to recreation that reach beyond fun:
- improved communication and motor skills
- reduced substance abuse
- reduced depression
- increased creativity and innovation
- increased company pride
From improving mental health to increasing creativity, the benefits of recreation will continue to serve companies for years to come. Allowing space and time for recreation helps employees feel valued. Teams that play together often stay together.
What are the benefits of staff development activities?
Staff development activities help companies in a variety of ways including greater employee retention and a more positive work environment. What makes staff development activities different from regular recreation?
Staff development activities are specific to employee training rather than just fun. More often than not, the focus of these activities is on enhancing job-specific skills and overall professional abilities. These trainings are conducted by either internal management or led by a consultant/outside organization. Topics of training are determined by the goals a company is working to accomplish.
Some of the goals companies might have in mind include:
- Improving conflict resolution abilities
- Coaching and mentoring junior employees
- Real-time problem solving for teams
- Team building
- Increasing employee engagement
- Rewarding employee performance
Setting clear objectives with every planned activity allows companies to be more intentional about the outcomes their teams will experience. Depending on the activity an organization chooses, they can achieve multiple goals through a single activity. Tactile experiences give employees a chance to bond while learning a new skill together.
Ideas for staff development activities
One of the great things about staff development activities is teams are not limited to just one type of activity. They can choose activities that meet their budget, time constraints, and the needs of their team. Companies should ensure they use their goals as a guide while planning training opportunities.
Here are some suggestions for ways companies can help their staff learn and grow together:
- Lunch and learn: One way to foster a teaching environment is to host a lunch and learn. This can be done by catering lunch and having an employee teach a new skill/hobby. Below are a few ideas for potential lunch and learn sessions:
- A senior copywriter who loves yoga leads employees through basic yoga poses
- An accountant who is also a wildlife photographer showcases past work
- A C-level executive who enjoys baking cakes teaches basic cake decorating skills
This type of layout is valuable because it allows employees to bond over their interests. It helps them get to know each other on a more personal level resulting in greater trust within the team.
- Laser tag: If companies are looking for an activity that encourages employees to work together in real-time, they should consider laser tag. It’s a great way to foster communication and teamwork in a competitive way. In order to succeed, teams need to work together in each game of laser tag, just like business. Activities that require quick communication will help managers see who the natural leaders are on their team because they will be forced to speak up and unite as a team. Laser tag will not only increase participants’ heart rates, but will also provide fun memories to share with each other for years to come.
- High ropes course: Participation on a high ropes course can be a great way to get a team out of their comfort zone. Companies can make the experience competitive by adding extra challenges such as seeing who can make it through a course in the fastest time. While participants may not be able to have the most in-depth discussions 20-30+ feet in the air, they can always take time to regroup after the activity to do training.
As companies keep their goals in mind, they will be able to plan out effective staff development events that will help their employees receive the benefits that come from recreation.
Do you have any questions about planning a staff development activity for your company? Give us a call at (801) 224-5001 to discuss your next company event!
About Provo Beach
Provo Beach is a 50,000 square foot family entertainment center located in The Shops at Riverwoods. Provo Beach makes recreation accessible all year round thanks to the fact it is 100% indoors. You can choose from a fun range of activities such as a FlowRider, laser tag, bowling, Miniature Croquet, an arcade, and a high ropes course to treat, train, and engage your employees.
With Provo Beach, you can hold memorable events for your employees. With the ability to book everything from individual rooms to exclusive use of the facility, we have what you need to meet the needs of your team. Day Passports and individual activity rentals are also available to help you accomplish your staff development goals at Provo Beach. Visit this link to learn more about corporate events! https://provobeach.com/corporate-events/