According to U.S. News & World Report, there is a reciprocal relationship between benefits and job satisfaction. In the past few years, there has been research that suggests that companies that offer happy hour at or after work have better, happier employees.
Many businesses have found that there is value in gathering staff members at the end of the day/week to celebrate achievements, encourage team bonding, collaborate on group projects or blow off steam.
So, can hosting happy hour make for better sales for your company? Let’s look at a few points that suggest the answer is yes!
- Happy hour breaks up the monotony of a typical staff meeting
- Happy hour wards off the feeling of a strict work environment
- Happy employees work harder than employees who feel unimportant, bored or stifled
- Happy employees are more willing to go the distance on difficult projects, stay after hours, etc.
- Group events encourage teamwork/employee socialization
- Happy hour is a great opportunity for sharing common objections without fear and helping a team put together a big proposal
- Working outside of the office environment may encourage creativity
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning a company happy hour:
- Encourage safe, responsible drinking habits among employees
- If you are meeting to work on a project, professional behavior should still be in play, even if you’re not in the office
- Employees may feel more freedom to speak their minds or voice their opinions in a comfortable environment; be prepared for that
Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).