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Work Hard, Play Hard Culture: Bogus or Beneficial?

Do your employees feel positive about your workplace?

In this year’s Staples Workplace Survey, 80% of workers said they feel that employers have a responsibility to keep employees mentally and physically well. In addition, 21% of workers said they would take a 10% pay cut to work in a nicer workplace.

What does this tell us? 1) Company culture means a lot to employees—and, in some cases, it matters more than compensation and benefits. 2) Not all companies are succeeding at creating a desirable work environment.

In the work world today, work and life are blending together now more than ever, and we don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. A positive company culture will continue to be paramount in attracting and retaining your employees.

And while company culture can be an abstract concept, different for varying companies and generations, it’s too important to ignore. Company culture doesn’t make itself…which means if you’re not actively going after it, it’s not happening.

To dive into this further, let’s take an in-depth look at the common moniker “Work Hard, Play Hard.” And before you roll your eyes, hear us out.

Giving employees the freedom to creatively express themselves and have fun at work produces these results:

  • Reduces employees’ stress and anxiety levels.
  • Increases their view of your company.
  • Creates workplace friendships, which in turn creates higher loyalty and longer tenure.
  • Demonstrates trust in your workforce.
  • Inspires hard work and high performance during work hours, so they can better enjoy the opportunities for fun.
  • Decreases your company’s turnover rate.
  • Increases employee engagement in meaningful ways.


In summary: having a “work hard, play hard” mentality creates more happy, healthy, and productive employees.

So, what does a “work hard, play hard” workplace look like, you ask?

At its core, it doesn’t mean working hard from 8:00am to 5:00pm and then enjoying a one-hour happy hour after 5:00. It means integrating fun and refreshing breaks into the workday and showing employees that you value their mental and physical wellbeing.

Beyond that, though, it really depends on your workplace! There are so many ways to increase your workplace wellbeing and revitalize your company culture.

For example:

  • Plan a team outing in the afternoon.
  • Put a ping pong table in the break room.
  • Celebrate wacky and fun holidays, integrating games, food, and other fun into the workday to break it up.
  • Let employees out early or cut work off early to enjoy happy hour before 5:00.
  • Participate in a friendly office-wide March Madness competition.
  • Bring in a treat once a week.
  • Host a board game tournament one afternoon.
  • Organize a wellness initiative (complete with prizes!), because the Staples Survey also showed that 62% of workers say wellness programs are a selling point when looking for a new job.
  • Let employees dress casual for the week.

Whatever you do, do a lot of it! Chances are, your employees are working more than 40 hours per week and desperately need the break though they may not say it. Their hard work is valuable to your company, and you want to keep it that way!


Recognition Also Plays a Part

Camaraderie is crucial for your positive work culture! Each of the fun activities above are designed to bring your team together.

Know what else brings your team together? Recognition—giving each other props for their hard work through Nominations, a Social Wall, or eCards. These are our custom solutions, designed to create an environment of consistent reinforcement and positivity. As a result, your team members will be transformed from average to exceptional—because we see it every day.

Talk with us today about starting a positive culture revolution in your workplace! Request a FREE demo here, or call us at 888.919.7600.