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Creating a Fun Workplace... 13 Ways to Have Fun at Work!
There are 3 ways to motivate people to work harder, faster and smarter:
In today's workplace, threatening people has not been effective. Paying them lots of money (even if you can afford it) has only shown short-term success. Only number three, making their workplace enjoyable, has a track record of effecting real change. It is time managers learned how to create an atmosphere that is challenging, creative and fun for employees as well as for themselves.
HOW FUN IS PRODUCTIVE
Imagine a work world where people love their work environment, and they are calm, stress-free and happy all day long. People who are in good spirits are more likely to be productive. Their mental attitude produces increased oxygen, endorphins, and blood flow to the brain, which enables them to think more clearly and creatively. They are more relaxed, more accepting of others, and more likely to share their sense of humor.
Laughter creates a bond that brings others together; people like to be with employees who are having fun. Creativity, intuition and flexibility are key to successful operation of organizations today. In stimulating environments, employees enjoy their time at work and they will also excel at work. Attracting customers is easier in an environment of hospitality. A fun workplace is not only more productive, but it attracts people and profits.
A TEST: IS YOUR STAFF SUFFERING FROM TERMINAL SERIOUSNESS?
Scan your workplace and take note:
Do you regularly catch people laughing or smiling at work?
When something funny happens do people stop and appreciate it?
Does your organization have fun activities at least monthly?
Do you have tools (fun giveaways, draws) to invite employees to participate in having fun in your environment?
Are managers usually optimistic and smiling at work?
If you answer no to two or more of these questions, your staff probably suffers from “terminal seriousness,” which is negatively affecting morale and productivity.
More Benefits of Humor in the Workplace
Dr. Norman Cousins said, “Laughter is an igniter of great expectations.” Children laugh an average of 400 times a day and that number drops to only 15 times a day by the time people reach age 35. Preschoolers must know something we don’t. Laughter releases endorphins (a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine) into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise. Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing and invigorating cells. It also increases the pain threshold, boosts immunity, and relieves stress.
Humor also levels the playing field to create an atmosphere that encourages honest dialogue, open communication, and increased risk-taking. Creating more equality in power or control shows people respect and builds pride in their work.
This is just a sampling of the benefits of having fun in your workplace. Hopefully now you are convinced you could use a “fun injection” in your own place of employment.
Help people belong to your organization and not just work there by giving them a way to solidify and build rapport.
THIRTEEN STEPS TO CREATING A FUN WORKPLACE:
1. Give up the notion that professionalism means being
serious all the time.
2. Define what fun is in your workplace and what it is not.
3. Organize a “Fun Committee” for dreaming up fun “stuff” to do during and after work.
4. Add fun to meetings.
5. Collect and share your favorite cartoons and jokes.
6. Let customers know you are a fun company.
7. Gather your co-workers for the “Joy of Work” hour.
8. Have a fun recognition program.
9. Respond to fun when it happens.
10. Commit to being fun and it will change your approach to work.
11. Put fun things and activities in the staff room.
12. Encourage staff to leave work behind at the end of the day.
13. Encourage employees to develop their own style of having fun.
Remember that employees create fun in the workplace, not managers. It’s a manager’s job to orchestrate fun activities (and not get in the way of them).
Jody Urquhart helps professionals create meaningful and fun work environments. For more information call us at (877) 750-1900 or see our website at www.idoinspire.com