Fun Fridays are fundatory

By Leann Priebe on August 23, 2023

By Leann Priebe on August 23, 2023

In the whirlwind of modern work culture, where deadlines, meetings, and to-do lists seem to stretch endlessly, the concept of Fun Fridays might sound like a luxury or an extravagant indulgence. After all, when every minute counts and productivity is the buzzword, how can a dedicated day for fun be justified?

However, our team firmly believes in the power of Fun Fridays, and there’s a strong reason behind them. In fact, our commitment to Fun Fridays goes beyond just ourselves; we sometimes even extend the invitation to our team members’ families, making these days not only about fostering a healthier work culture but also about creating meaningful family connections. And we do them every other month regardless of workload.

Why Fun Fridays matter

In a work environment that’s constantly buzzing with tasks, responsibilities, and constant changes (Twitter is now X?), taking a step back to infuse some fun can be the breath of fresh air that both employees and the company overall needs.

Fun Fridays are more than just a break from the routine; they are a strategic move to foster a healthier work culture and, ultimately, improve overall productivity.

Alignment with one of our core values: Balance

At the heart of Fun Fridays lies one of our fundamental company values: balance. We understand that balance isn’t a state you achieve once and for all; it’s an ongoing effort that requires continuous attention. This value isn’t just lip service; it’s woven into the fabric of how we operate as a company.

Work-life balance isn’t a destination; it’s a journey that demands consistent commitment. Fun Fridays remind us that the pursuit of productivity and excellence should never come at the cost of our well-being. By dedicating time to fun, we acknowledge that a healthy blend of work and play is essential for maintaining not only our mental and emotional health but also our creativity and innovation.

Breaking the monotony for greater efficiency

The idea of Fun Fridays might seem counterintuitive to some, but research has consistently shown that allowing employees to take breaks for fun and relaxation can significantly boost their efficiency and creativity. Fun activities help recharge our mental batteries, reduce stress, and enhance our ability to focus on tasks when we return to work. A brief respite from the daily grind can yield impressive results, making our work hours more productive and fulfilling.

And since one of our many goals is to provide a less stressful environment than is typical in agencies, it’s a perfect fit!

Cultivating camaraderie and team spirit

Fun Fridays aren’t just about individual well-being; they also contribute to building a sense of camaraderie and team spirit within our organization. Engaging in light-hearted activities together fosters connections and friendships among colleagues, breaking down barriers and facilitating smoother collaboration.

When we know each other beyond our professional roles, we’re more likely to communicate openly, share ideas, and support one another.

Fueling creativity and innovation

Creativity thrives in an environment that encourages experimentation and diverse experiences. Fun Fridays inject that spirit of exploration into our work culture. Engaging in activities that are different from our everyday tasks stimulates our minds and sparks innovative thinking.

Ideas often emerge from unexpected places, and these fun moments can be the catalysts for groundbreaking concepts that drive our company forward.

Embracing the fundatory philosophy

Looking for some concrete examples? Here are some of the activities we’ve done for Fun Fridays over the years:

  • Watching an afternoon movie
  • Painting
  • Building with Legos
  • Playing bocce ball
  • Riding scooters around downtown OKC
  • Visiting art installations
  • Going to the Oklahoma State Fair
  • Ice skating
  • Playing Bananagrams

So, the next time you wonder whether Fun Fridays are a frivolous indulgence, remember that they embody a philosophy we call “fundatory.” They’re both fun and necessary. By embracing Fun Fridays, we’re investing in our collective well-being, nurturing our creativity, and upholding the value of balance that is at the core of our company culture.

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