Why It's Important to Have Fun in The Workplace

Improving your company culture might be the best thing for your bottom line



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Lawrence Davidson

 

Promoting a positive company culture can be an elusive concept to master. For business owners with their minds on the bottom line, consciously nourishing a sense of fun and camaraderie in the workplace might not always seem worthy of a spot at the top of their to-do list.
In the 850 region, however, several companies have taken a different view on office fun. According to Karen Moore, founder and CEO of Moore Communications Group in Tallahassee, the realities of being a successful place of business and a fun place to work don’t have to be mutually exclusive. 

“You can be successful and fast growing and at the same time have a great corporate culture that’s valued by all members of the team,” said Moore, whose nationally recognized company also has offices in Denver, New Orleans and West Palm.  

Around Tallahassee, Moore’s company is known as one such place. With staffers staying upwards of 20-plus years, the retention rate is at an all-time high. 

“We don’t focus specifically on having fun as an event,” explained Moore. “We have it embedded in our culture. Our culture is about teamwork. We ask ourselves how can we provide the best customer service with excellent quality of work and have an atmosphere where every single person feels deeply valued and appreciated.”

When it comes to day-to-day operations, that mission can translate into after-hours margaritas on the company’s back porch or surprise field trips to the movies and Tallahassee Museum. In addition, each of the four offices closes for a week during the holidays — a move that employees love. 

“It just gives you a chance at the end of the year to take a step back for a job well done, spend time with your family and come back ready to go,” said Emily Read, a senior director at Moore and a six-year veteran of the company. “It’s special. This is the first company that I’ve worked for that has a benefit like that.”

Oh, and everyone can bring their dog to work with them, too. 

At Naumann Group Real Estate Inc., office-sanctioned fun is seen similarly. And often. 

“I joke that if we ever have an agent disagreement, we settle it on the Pac-Man machine,” said Jason Naumann, the company’s founder and owner. With offices in Leon, Walton and Franklin counties, the Naumann Group serves almost the entirety of Northwest Florida. 

“Obviously I have a Type A personality as do many people who are in our sales division,” said Naumann, with a laugh. “So we literally have a half basketball court. And that’s just for people to go into, have a little fun, blow off steam and break away from the office a little bit.”

In addition to the basketball court and arcade (which is equipped with 25 variations of retro video games), the company’s headquarters also features walking workstations and frequent chili cook-offs. 

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