Have fun on the job, but get work done
FUN is one of the most underrated business tools we own. When you create a fun working environment, it leads to happy, loyal and more productive employees as well as an innovative organization that attracts new opportunities.
It is well documented that laughter releases endorphins, and that leads to a sense of well-being and optimism. Now apply this to the workplace as one California researcher recently did. His study showed that people who enjoy a little fun and humour on the job tend to be more creative, are more effective at decision making and get along better with others. These employees also chalk up fewer absent, late and sick days.
Are there risks associated with having more fun in the workplace? Sure there are, and they should not be overlooked. The main issue is that because everyone has their own definition, what may be considered fun to one person could be decidedly unfun to another. There is also the risk that jokes will get out of hand or cross appropriate boundaries. It should be clearly spelled out that humour must be free of prejudice, racism or sexism and should never hurt the feelings or damage the character of a fellow co-worker.