What words would you use to describe your work environment? My guess is that FUN probably isn’t one of them.
It’s called work for a reason, right? Should work also be fun? My vote is yes! Here’s why…
You spend as much or more time with your office mates as you do with your significant other, and you wouldn’t stay in that relationship if it didn’t make you happy.
Imagine waking up each day and actually looking forward to going into work!
Making fun and enjoyment a part of your work culture can drastically impact how you feel about going to work, how you behave when you’re there, how you interact with others, and how well you perform.
Happy people are more motivated and engaged. When people have fun and enjoy what they do, they are more motivated to work harder and to put forth their best effort.
People who love what they do are passionate and dedicated. When you love something, you want to be immersed in it as much as possible because you find great purpose and meaning in the work.
Dedicated employees stick around. This means increased loyalty to the team and company, fewer sick days, and also decreased turnover.
Enjoying work also means that there is better team communication and relationships amongst employees and a greater sense of service to one another.
To ensure that your employees enjoy their work you have to create a culture where fun is supported and promoted in your work environment. (And, here’s a hint: company culture is not optional; it happens either way, whether you like it or not.)
Since employees are coming to work either way, why not make it more fun for them to enjoy and reap all the benefits?
Seems like a no-brainer to me!
If you’re ready to add some enjoyment to your work environment, think about some of these fun-filled tips:
1. Choose Your Energy.
When you wake up each morning, you get to make a choice about what type of day you’ll have. If you want to enjoy your day and have your employees love their jobs, choose a positive attitude and outlook.
Your energy drives your attention, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Choose wisely.
2. Show up!
In other words, when you pass someone in the hallway and ask the obligatory, “How are you?” be prepared to stop and actually listen. It’s not meant to be a rhetorical question!
I’ve always had this silent rule that if I’m within 15 feet of someone I will smile and acknowledge their existence. If I’m within 5 feet, I speak. It’s the small things. Seriously.
When people know you care about them on a personal level, they will treat you more like family.
3. Make someone’s day.
True leadership is about inspiring others. There’s no better way to do that than to share how much you value them and their hard work.
When you take the time to praise someone, compliment them, send a quick note, or even smile at them you can completely change someone’s entire day!
This is psychology in action. When you celebrate people’s successes, you activate what we psychologists call the Progress Principle which states that the single best thing you can do to affect motivation and positive emotion is making progress in meaningful work.
At one company I worked, managers handed out certificates that said, “Caught Ya Doing Something Right.” The employee also got a balloon so everyone could see their win and congratulate them.
5. Promote more fun in the work environment.
This means playing around more yourself AND finding ways to incorporate fun into everyday activities.
You have to model these behaviors to show your employees that it’s okay to have fun, too! Remember, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!”
Here are a few ideas to consider:
• Make meetings less miserable by playing a quick game. Ask an unexpected fun-fact or have someone share their best part of the day so far.
• Install a “Fun Committee” to come up with ideas for how to add more enjoyment to the workplace. This is a 2-in-1 because those who volunteer will enjoy the activity and everyone will benefit!
• Create “Free Time” for employees to work on anything they want. Companies like Google and Zappos have really leveraged this 20% rule to their benefit. Some of their most innovative work solutions are created on these days.
Having fun doesn’t mean nothing gets done. On the contrary, you’ll experience more enjoyment, productivity, engagement, and camaraderie.
If you’re ready to create an environment that inspires your team, schedule a Complimentary Discovery Call with me.
You can also download my free gift, “The Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Managing Your Energy at Work” to learn how to LOVE what you do every day!