By | Ramesh Ranjan | Editor www.humanengineers.com
Most of us spend around 10 hours a day for work and that constitutes around 70% of our waking time and around 50% of our most precious period in Life. Hence the state of happiness at the workplace determines the state of our happiness in Life to a large extent. If you are unhappy at work its likely to spill over and extend to your home and social surroundings as well. Hence it is paramount both to the employee and the employer that Employees stay Happy at Work.
In addition to Happiness there are health related issues connected to work. Most of the work /jobs these days are desk centred and sedentary. Sitting at the Desk 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48 weeks per year for 35 years takes a heavy toll on our health.
Rebecca Hasson, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health, says “this much sitting could increase risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and even cancer”
Due to hectic work at office and increasing traffic which adds to the misery of commute time, employees have very little scope for exercising or relaxation. What if organisations provide opportunities for exercising & relaxation at work. What if “work itself becomes a source of fun”.
More and more progressive organisations are realising this. Leaders are beginning to realise that they have a responsibility to take care of the emotional & physical health of their employees. Hence they are creating time, space and opportunity for employees to have fun at work.
Flash Mob and Dancing at the workplace is becoming the norm these days especially at the workplace in India and other countries. Whether it’s the fad towards Bollywood or simply that Indians love to Dance more and more youngsters are taking to Dance and carrying it to the workplace.
Dance is practiced in many forms and for many reasons, including social, educative, political and therapeutic reasons. Research shows dancing can improve your mental health by boosting your overall happiness. Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum.
Dance at Work encourages the following :
Employee Engagement & Connect
It helps to drop inhibitions, barriers, hierarchy, let your hair down and let loose thereby helping in connecting with the cross section of the organisation. Its an excellent way to engage and connect with your employees and keep them charged and motivated.
According to a Standford article “Dancing integrates several brain functions at once — kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional — further increasing your neural connectivity”
Team Bonding & Performance
Every Organisation and Leader wants to build a Great Team, that is working together cohesively, moves in the same direction and works as one Team. Hence if they provide opportunities & time for Social Time off at the work place, it will help in fostering and building a Great Team.
According to Harvard Business Review, “Social time turns out to be deeply critical to team performance, often accounting for more than 50% of positive changes in communication patterns.”
Improves Quality of Work
WebMD advocates that “Dance movement stimulates the body to release chemicals called endorphins, which interact with receptors in our brain to trigger positive feelings within the body. Its scientifically proven that if we feel good physically, we can perform better intellectually and emotionally. Dance will keep your employees’ blood, mind, and ideas flowing, leading to a better quality of work”
Lower Health Costs
Employees who are aware of and who respond to their body’s health needs are better able to work physically and mentally. Dance will get them in a health-oriented mindset. Healthy employees also mean lower health costs.
The Dancing fever is spreading like wild fire all over
Dancing at Work has caught in a big way the world over. If one felt its only in the Metro cities, they are wrong its prevalent all over Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, Noida, Gurgaon, Kolkatta, Pune , London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Singapore, Paris et…..
Its not just the IT folks, its prevalent in IT, Consulting ( PWC, EY, CapGemini, Delloite, ), in Mills (General Mills), Telecom (Airtel, Jio), in BFSI, Financial Organisations, Banks, e Commerce, Diagnostic Laboratories, Hospitals, Airports, etc.
We have Flash Mobs, while working, eating, conference, studying, parking arena, canteen, work area, conference rooms, workshops, airport …… on the conference table, in the lift…..
- It helps Organisations to build an Employer Brand and promote their company as a Great Place to Work for, like American Power Conversion (APC) flaunted it.
- It is a ritual every day, at the start of the Shift at Accenture & during Tea Break at Schneider Electric Factory in Hyderabad.
- Its been used very effectively for Induction Orientation – The 100th Employee of Marketelligent – An or A Gangnam style welcome at Talentica or the Unexpected Welcome of their 200th and 201st employees at Talentica.
- What a way to Recognise & Reward Game Changers. Talentica sprung a huge Dance surprise for their Game Changers.
- Its been used very effectively for commemorating milestones, anniversaries etc. be it the 6th Anniversary Celebrations of Infosys SEZ, Hyderabad, the Independence Day celebrations of Tech Mahindra or the way LinkedIn Danced it way into a New Office.
- CapGemini went further and set 2 Guiness World records.
- No, it is not Michael Jackson or Farah Khan or any great dance guru for that matter. Guinness World Record awarded the record for the largest Bollywood dance lesson to an institution which is not even remotely connected with dancing. Yet, this unlikely source did so and with style. It is Capgemini , a software & IT player in the country. 4272 employees came together to create this record becoming also the first organisation in the world to create such a record . Capgemini creates a Guinness World record for Largest Bollywood Dance Lesson on 22nd January 2016 in Bangalore.
- Again it celebrated its 50th Anniversary by setting a Guinness World Records title for their unique initiative “ROAR – The Fit India Movement.” ROAR (Run Over Another Record) saw over 4,930 Capgemini employees across seven cities in India perform 15 different fitness routines to a 6-minute instructive fitness video playing simultaneously. Employees across Capgemini offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata participated in the record for ‘The Most People Exercising to a Fitness Video at Multiple Venues’.
- Cognizant Bangalore @ MBP F2 used Dance as an Outreach Theme – to make difference.
- Spice Jet uses Dance to connect and engage with Customers to celebrate Holi. Walmart also uses Dance to engage with its Customers
- If you thought that Policeman have a drab duty and are all serious, look at how the Policemen have fun Dancing on the Street while on duty.
- Be it the Navy or the Army , dance is the way to de-stress and relax.
- Principal, teachers and some students surprise everyone at the school If every Principal was so cool school would be so much fun, learning would be fun.
- Why should employees have all the Fun. Dancing is not just for the employees. Bosses too can dance and can even do it better
- What can be a better therapy than Dance. Nurses and employees of Medical City Children’s Hospital and Make-A-Wish surprised 11-year old Alex Kiker patient with her wish to stay in a bungalow over the water with a flash mob dance
- Dance has been used a Correctional Therapy in Prison to reform Prisoners Prisoners in Philippines dance away to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
- Employees of Walmart even used Dance as a way of staging protest.
Dance at Work Leads to Success
As Richardson Branson, Founder & Head – Virgin Atlantic, famously said (and he indeed lives by the principle) that if you find and create happiness, success will follow!!
“I’m a big believer that if you find happiness, then success will follow. Happiness encourages good life decisions, bolsters wonderful relationships, and opens up doors to great opportunities.”
This phenomena of Dance at Work cuts across languages, geographies, religion, cast, creed, hierarchy, domains and is all pervading. It has the power to unite all and make work as a source of fun.
It shows that Dance is the hidden language of the SOUL!!
PS: Visit http://www.humanengineers.com for the latest updates on Talent Showpiece, where Dance & Fun @ work are showpieced. If you think your organisation is having some great practices in these areas, please share it with us for us to showpiece.
Ramesh Ranjan is the Founder & Chief Editor of Human Engineers an organization formed to help Organization’s to “make the most of its People”. He is also the Content Management Partner for NASSCOM – IIM Bangalore Leadership Resource Centre. He is also a visiting Professor at WE School & Narsee Monjee Institute of Management, Bangalore.
He is a certified CEO / Leadership Coach, Mentor for Startups, Blogger & a Speaker. In a career spanning nearly 3 decades, he has been Head of HR and held leadership positions in India & globally in organisations like Schneider Electric India, American Power Conversion (APC), Chevron Texaco/Caltex India, Praxair India, Co Systems India, Indian Herbs & ITI.
He was the Vice President & Honorary Secretary of the National HRD Network, Bangalore Chapter. He was a member of the India HR Council of the AMCHAM, New Delhi, Panelist on the Roundtable of HR Directors of Petroleum Companies, ISP Mumbai and Member of the India HR Council of Conference Board.
He strongly believes that HR is not for faint hearted professionals. He believes that “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going” and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org