What if WORK could be FUN?
What a novel concept…and one that rarely occurs. Business and a sense of humour are two things that are traditionally mutually exclusive in our society, but what if…
What IF we could change that?
Think about your own workplace…(ok, I promise this exercise will be quick for those that really DON’T want to envision their place of work!) Go ahead, close your eyes and go there now.
Ok, got it?
Great, now envision having fun there?What would it look like?How would you feel about getting up and going to work? Would you get more done and feel happier about it?
Ok, I’m not a HUGE fan of numbers but these ones are really important:
29% of employers encourage humour as part of their company culture
Of those, only 8% have a policy of using fun to reduce company stress
Now, I’m not a big fan of using a policy to dictate culture…it’s truly there or it isn’t. If it isn’t, you have to use other techniques to develop it vs. mandating it. Having a sense of humour is rated as high as 98% as a quality that most CEO’s look for. My question is, what happened to theirs? The culture is fostered from above and always will be, that’s what leaders are supposed to do but quite often do not.
Laughter, having fun, playing at work have all shown scientifically that people are:
Better Decision Makers
Get along better with co-workers
Sick, late or absent fewer times than people who aren’t having fun.
So if everyone is having fun, being more productive and more creative which impacts the bottom line in a positive way….Why aren’t we having more fun at work?