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Workplace Culture: Companies Are Turning to Fun at Work to Keep Staff Connected and Motivated

India Inc is focusing on in-person engagement activities to foster employee connection and camaraderie as offices across the country welcome employees back into a hybrid working model after more than two years of largely home.

Companies such as Boston Consulting Group (BCG), PepsiCo India, MG Motor,

, , Pepperfry, Zepto and Cashfree rolled out initiatives such as stand-up, chair yoga, quizzes, musical performances, employee leisure trips, scavenger hunts and sports activities at the venue of work, which was not possible in a virtual setting. -at the top.

The consulting firm BCG seeks to physically bring employees closer together more frequently than before the Covid-19 pandemic. The company now has two cricket teams, in Delhi and Mumbai, and three football special interest groups, in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, said Kaustubh Verma, managing director of BCG India.

held sessions on book club readings, chair yoga and quizzes on reflection, said Adarsh ​​Mishra, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).

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Tech Mahindra recently invited Viswanathan Anand to his office and the employees had the chance to play chess with the champion. “We have also introduced programs like the TechMighTea which virtually connects random associates and invites them to share a cup of tea while interacting with each other,” said Harshvendra Soin, Global Director of Human Resources.

Employee engagement is more crucial now
Over the past two years, employee engagement has been more crucial than ever in helping employees adapt to the new normal and maintain high morale, said Pavitra Singh, CHRO, PepsiCo India.

Companies such as MG Motor and Zepto have launched Fun Fridays in the workplace. It involves team games and physical activities such as planks, stand-up comedy, and musical performances.

At Pepperfry, co-founder Ambareesh Murthy plays bass in the company’s band, Contraband. Similarly, CK Venkataraman, general manager of Titan Company, sings in the company’s band. Both companies have fairly regular musical performances.

Others, like Cashfree, encourage employees to vacation together as a group. The fintech company has set aside budgets for employees from all teams to travel together. Almost 90% of the 500 employees left for leisure trips to destinations such as Coorg, Goa and Sakleshwar, said Sapna Sukumar, head of human resources.

Titan Company has arranged relocations for employees to destinations such as Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar, Gangtok and Leh.

Workspace that transforms into an entertainment space

The office space, which is now seeing more footfall as employees return to the workplace, is heavily used for programs aimed at in-person engagement.

MG Motor has set up a sports corner at its Vadodara plant, which employees can use for recreational activities such as football, table tennis, chess and carrom.

Pepperfry has set up relaxation corners in its Mumbai office where employees can take time to go on the treadmill or the bike machine. There are also other nooks and crannies where they can go to relax, hold meetings or even work alone.

PepsiCo India, which opened a new office space in Gurgaon, invited employees to experience the workspace with a scavenger hunt.