Has the January slump started to affect morale in your office? Are your employees looking for something fun and exciting to do over the next few months? Is the promise of a ‘pizza party’ not quite cutting it anymore?
Building rapport in the office after the festive period can often feel like squaring a circle. As the winter season sets in, it's natural for your employees to feel a bit unmotivated and uninspired. Affecting over 2 million people in the UK alone, the ‘January Blues’ is a huge problem for employers all over the nation. If the right level of support or motivation is not put in place, this month-long emotional state can slowly start to impact your organisation negatively.
However, instead of succumbing to this yearly cycle of sadness, businesses can take extra steps to boost employee morale by providing a range of fun and engaging activities throughout this long season of dark evenings, sky-rocketing heating bills and unpredictable cold weather.
Odin Events has a brilliant catalogue of entertaining team-based activities to put in your office or to take to your next team day. Whether it’s a full-blown Ferris Wheel or a Pool Table for your lunch room, we have everything you need to boost morale and put a genuine smile back on your team's faces.
Here are some of our workplace fun recommendations:
Human Table Football: Ready to score some goals? Attach your players to the giant sliders that move side-to-side and get them to play this fun, life-sized version of the classic five-a-side football game. The aim of the game is to work with your partner to intercept the football, pass it to the other members of your team and score the most goals within the allocated time.
Climbing Wall: Want to test your team's fears? We have a range of Climbing Walls available to hire across the UK. Our two-sided, 18 ft high portable climbing wall allows two people to climb at the same time. Each side of the climbing wall has different routes and a realistic "Grip a Rock" surface, allowing climbers to challenge themselves at their own pace - or race to the top!
Inflatable Obstacle Course: Feel like a kid again. Consisting of either three or six connected sections, our inflatable assault course is a fun and challenging activity that will entertain your guests. It's fast, furious and a whole load of fun too.
Crazy Golf: Who is keeping score? Featuring nine coloured sections, a wide selection of clubs, low bounce balls and accompanying customisable scorecards, Crazy Golf is the perfect activity to hire for any work-related occasion. Our fully portable miniature golf course experience comes with all the favourites such as The Windmill, Noughts & Crosses, The Lighthouse and The Volcano.
Table Tennis: Bats at the ready. Table tennis is an energetic way to add an element of fun to your next event - a fast, exciting game that anyone can play and with our Table Tennis rental service, it could not be easier to get playing. To win a game of table tennis, be the first player to get 11 points and be at least 2 points ahead of the opponent.
Unsure of how to get your team involved? Here are some useful ‘Workspace Games & Events’ frequently asked questions:
Why is team building important?
There are many reasons. Here are some of them:
- Improves communication and collaboration
- Boosts morale and engagement
- Builds trust and strengthens relationships
- Enhances creativity and problem-solving
- Reduces stress and promotes well-being
- Increases retention and attracts talent
How can you make your workspace more fun?
Embrace your team's unique voices and lifestyles by stepping outside the office walls. Whether it's a game of pool, an inflatable obstacle course, or a race to the top of a climbing wall, these shared experiences break down professional barriers and allow your team to connect on an emotional level. When team members feel genuinely comfortable being themselves, the magic happens. Suddenly, your workspace isn't just a place to work, it's a thriving community where everyone feels valued, supported, and excited to bring their best selves to the table.
How do you start a fun workspace activity?
Listen to your employees! Your colleagues are the best people to talk to if you’d like to inject a bit of entertainment and excitement into the day-to-day. Get them in a room or on a call - learn what motivates and interests them, and make efforts to implement or offer those opportunities to them. Whether it’s a visit to a local pub or the installation of a Human Football Table, these activities all make a difference!
Remember - the January Blues don’t last forever, but team building, showing support and putting a smile on your team's faces make a huge difference to any organisation.