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This writing represents the second part of a blog which video production leader, BizVid Communications, began earlier in this year. At that time, we spoke about how the business, or corporation or company which “plays together” has a better chance of effectively staying together when times are different from before. In the other blog, we spoke of a past trip in which our BizVid board travelled to Hawaii together and the bonding helped our organization survive and even thrive in the challenging “Covid” times which followed, and the burgeoning times before us now.
This second part further elaborates on the benefits, since we have just completed another joint excursion down the Mexican Riviera. We hope that our sojourning insights are helpful to you and your leadership team in facing all “the good, the bad and unknown” of these unparalleled times.
Having recreation together as a company or leadership team is a valuable tool for building stronger, more cohesive relationships and promoting a positive workplace culture. While the benefits of joint engagement are clear, the effects of this recreation extend even further. It has been found that employee and leadership engagement is linked to increased productivity, lower absenteeism, and higher profitability for companies.
One important benefit of recreation together as a company is stress reduction. Work-related stress can lead to physical and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. This, in turn, can lead to increased absenteeism and decreased productivity. Recreation activities such as team sports, meditation, or simply going for a walk can help alleviate stress by providing employees with an outlet for relaxation and socialization. Participating in these activities can help employees unwind, clear their minds, and return to work with renewed energy and focus.
Another important benefit of recreation is the sense of community it fosters among employees. Recreation activities can help employees develop stronger relationships with each other, which can lead to greater collaboration and teamwork on the job. Employees who participate in activities outside of work tend to develop stronger bonds, as they are able to interact with each other in a more relaxed and informal setting. This can lead to increased trust and better communication among team members, which can translate to improved performance on the job.
In addition, recreation activities can be used as a tool for recognition and reward. By providing employees with opportunities to participate in activities they enjoy, companies can show appreciation for their hard work and dedication. This can lead to increased job satisfaction and motivation, as employees feel valued and recognized for their efforts. Additionally, recreation activities can be used as a way to build stronger relationships with clients or customers. By hosting events or participating in community activities, companies can demonstrate their commitment to building a positive relationship with the community and the people they serve.
Furthermore, recreation can help companies build a culture of innovation and creativity. Participating in activities that are outside of the normal routine can help employees think outside the box and approach problems in new and creative ways. This can lead to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, where employees are encouraged to come up with new ideas and take risks to improve the business. In addition, recreation can help employees develop new skills and abilities, which can be applied to their work. For example, participating in a team sport can help employees develop teamwork and leadership skills, which can be used to improve collaboration and decision-making on the job.
Finally, recreation can help to build a positive image for companies. By promoting employee well-being and engagement, companies can demonstrate their commitment to creating a positive work environment and fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation. This can lead to increased brand recognition and loyalty among customers, as well as improved employee recruitment and retention. Additionally, companies that are seen as good corporate citizens are more likely to attract and retain top talent, as employees are increasingly seeking out employers who value their well-being and offer opportunities for personal and professional growth.
In conclusion, having relaxed together as a company can have a multitude of benefits, from reducing stress and improving employee well-being to fostering a culture of innovation and creativity. By investing in recreation activities that promote employee and leadership engagement, companies can create a more positive and supportive workplace culture that benefits everyone involved. Ultimately, these benefits go beyond the individuals and can translate to improved business performance and profitability. Take it from BizVid Communications, your video production industry leader headquartered in San Diego County.