Stepping outside of the office provides many benefits for companies! Boosts in team bonding, trust and productivity are just a few upsides to taking time away from the desk with your team.
Candor invests in quarterly outings to give our team a breath of fresh air. We recently took a trip to Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District for an afternoon on the water. A large “dragon boat” allowed the entire company to test their synchronicity while sharing many laughs along the way. In the spring, our crew visited Camp Trivera, where zip lining, team bonding and even a faux product pitch similar to “Shark Tank” produced sparks of creativity back at the office.
Enliven Company Culture
It’s easy to be on autopilot when it’s business as usual. However, this can cause decision fatigue and stagnation. If a business is stuck in a rut, it may be helpful to break the routine. The results? Increased focus, improved memory and opportunities to look at problems from a different perspective.
PTO Pays Off
Paid time off does not have to be limited to vacations and doctor appointments. We all could occasionally use a self-care day. Encouraging your employees to use PTO for a mental breather will show your company cares. Don’t know where to start? Lead by example.
WFH (OO)—Work From Home (Or Office)
Working from home has its benefits—flexible schedules, comfortable office setups, less commute stress, the works. In addition, a recent Stanford study found home workspaces generally increased productivity by 13%.
Another survey reported productivity decreasing when staffers started working from home in 2020. At Candor, we find a hybrid workplace is a great opportunity for both increased productivity and company morale. You don’t want to wear pants one day? Fine—but please stay at home when you make that choice.
Advocating for work-life balance can ensure employee satisfaction, which increases retention, and set a company apart. As it turns out, taking a step back from traditional office structures might actually be a step forward.
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