When it comes to staff morale in the workplace, research tells us that the workforce is not in the best of shapes.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, stress and anxiety accounted for 44% of all work related ill health cases, and 57% of all working days lost due to ill health in 2017/18.

These are quite staggering statistics. Plus, add to this the fact that over 163 million annual leave days went unused in 2017, it’s clear UK employees are working harder than ever before, but potentially, at the expense of their own wellbeing.

The seeming rise in ill health and mental health concerns means that the importance of striking the right balance between work and personal life has become increasingly important to HR teams and office managers. No-one wants to be constantly ‘switched on’ when it comes to work – everyone needs time to relax, switch off their emails, turn off their phones and simply not worry about the concerns of the business world.

Research has continually shown that staff with a better work-life balance are happier and more productive. And, organisations can help with this by doing something simple like offering vouchers or gift cards for leisure activities – and a trip to the cinema is something everyone can enjoy! Plus, a trip to the cinema isn’t just a fun experience for everyone; it’s also a supremely cost-effective way for companies to make sure that their staff have a more balanced life and, perhaps more importantly, feel valued, too.

Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve put together seven reasons a trip to the cinema is fantastic for boosting workplace morale and helps to improve your staff engagement.


Sometimes, it can feel like we’re all living life on repeat: home, work, home, work, home, work… It can often just feel like an endless cycle.

The rat race consumes us and the monotony of it can become frustrating; but a mid-week evening outing to go and see the latest blockbuster or hit movie can offer some much-needed respite.

Offering staff the opportunity to do this at the company’s expense is a fantastic way to boost morale. Plus, it demonstrates a recognition for their efforts in the workplace and help them to feel like superstars. So, win-win!


For over 100 years, cinema has offered escapism in its purest form – and it continues to do this today! Viewers become engrossed in the storyline and forget all their own concerns.

No emails, no ringing phones, no nagging customers, managers or colleagues. Even if the film is fast paced, a trip to the cinema is very relaxing for all concerned.

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An added benefit of the escapism cinema offers is that it also reduces stress.

Stress is one of the biggest killers of both productivity and staff morale in the workplace. Left unchecked, it can build up in all of us without warning, leading to more serious health problems. So, it makes sense that offering an activity which gives people the chance to reduce and release their stress is fantastic way to help protect their mental wellbeing.

Spending time away from the causes of stress is extremely beneficial for both physical and mental health.

Whilst it may not seem that much on the surface, a night out really can make a huge difference to people’s quality of life in the workplace.


Everyone gets a boost from spending time with loved ones. Be it family or friends, surrounding yourself with people you care about and enjoy spending time with is a great way to recharge your batteries.

A trip to the cinema is something everyone can look forward to, a fun night out, but it offers more than an evening together; it offers a shared memory and something to talk about for a good while afterwards, too.


There is nothing like a little incentive to push people to work harder and offering cinema ticket discount vouchers as a reward to staff who perform particularly well is a fantastic way to ensure you get the best out of your people and improve staff morale. After all, if one member of the team comes in to work telling their colleagues about the great night they had, it will also inspire others to do the same!


Cinema-based rewards and other non-cash incentives offer a much deeper value to people. By giving the gift of cinema, you’re giving people plenty of choice as to how they use their reward. They can choose who they go to the cinema with, they can choose what film they go to see, and when they go to see it. This makes cinema ticket vouchers a particularly attractive incentive and something that every employee will want to work towards.


The bottom line is that, when staff are happier and feeling less stressed, they work harder. In turn, the business becomes more productive – it’s pretty simple, really!

Cinema ticket vouchers are a great way to motivate staff, no matter what age, sex, race or religion as there is always something to suit everyone (even if it means waiting a short while for the film you want to see to hit the big screen). They are cost-effective for the business and can make a real, tangible difference.

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