In theory, we (read- HR professionals) are all thinking about implementing a groundbreaking HR change and building a culture of happiness, holistic health and intrinsic motivation which in turn leads to high productivity. Honestly, how many of us actually make this happen? Most of us are guilty of eventually scurrying and doing a one-off team building activity and then moving on to the next year… Today, the role of HR in fostering a positive work environment and employee engagement is more critical than ever. While many organizations focus solely on finding HR activities for employees, the real goal should be to create a culture of workplace happiness. By prioritizing employee well-being and satisfaction, companies can enhance productivity, retention, and overall success. In this way we will truly be applying the adage, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…’

Traditional HR activities for employees often revolve around ticking from a list of mandatory training sessions, performance evaluations, and team-building exercises. While these initiatives are essential, they may not always address the on ground needs, emotional and social needs of employees. This is where the concept of building a culture of workplace happiness comes into play.

One effective approach to cultivating workplace happiness is through ongoing fun employee engagement activities. These activities go beyond the typical team-building exercises and create opportunities for employees to bond, relax, and recharge. Whether it’s organizing themed dress-up days, hosting friendly competitions, or planning outdoor adventures, fun activities inject energy and excitement into the workplace. These fun activities serve as a great way to start. But believe me, the hard work starts from session #2 onward… Here’s another analogy: The true test of the compatibility of a couple is only after the “honeymoon phase” of the relationship is over… 

Furthermore, HR can ideate, introduce and implement creative HR ideas for employee engagement that cater to diverse interests and preferences right at the start of the year. This could include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, or even art-based team building activities. These initiatives not only boost morale but also promote a sense of belonging and fulfillment among employees. Introducing it every year at the start will give each employee time to plan and pick an activity of their choice and stick with it for at least a year. That’s when true impact will be seen… 

By incorporating monthly employee engagement activities, you will provide a consistent outlet for employees to connect with each other and foster a positive company culture. Whether it’s a djembe class, ongoing corporate drum circles, a potluck lunch, a game night, or an ongoing community service project, these activities create moments of joy and camaraderie that resonate beyond the workplace.

Moreover, human resource activities for employees should extend beyond the office walls. One can’t ignore the usual off-site retreats, team-building workshops, or recreational outings to break the monotony of the workweek and strengthen interpersonal relationships. These experiences not only promote teamwork but also contribute to employee satisfaction and loyalty.

In addition to traditional HR activities, incorporating HR fun activities can significantly impact employee morale and engagement. However, building a culture of workplace happiness requires more than just organizing occasional events. It requires a holistic approach that integrates employee well-being into the fabric of the organization. This means prioritizing work-life balance, fostering open communication, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Just like we have work goals, we’ll need to identify goals for these activities as well. There are ways to do so without even this seeming like “work”

By investing in the happiness and fulfillment of employees, organizations can create a positive work environment where individuals thrive, teams excel, and business objectives are achieved. So, instead of simply searching for HR activities for employees, let’s focus on building a culture of workplace happiness that drives success from within. Let’s explore this over a monthly Taal Inc. drum circle at your organisation… What say?

Come. Drum. Be One. 
Varun Venkit
Team Taal Inc.