If you look at your new 2015 calendar hanging on your wall you probably won’t see next week’s holiday listed. Sadly, it’s not as well-known as some of the other holidays and observances we celebrate throughout the year. But maybe it’s time we did something about that. Next Wednesday, January 28, is National Fun at Work Day.
Do you think that’s an oxymoronic idea? Work is work and fun is fun but never the two shall mix? No, the two do not need to be mutually exclusive, and it’s actually helpful and healthy to introduce some fun at work. According to Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher, authors of The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up, “If people are having fun, they’re going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis and take better care of the organization.”
They reference the Great Place to Work® Institute which annually polls thousands of employees about their workplace experiences. One of the questions is rating your company on “This is a fun place to work.” The Institute, which also produces Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, reports that 81 percent of employees who work in companies that were rated as “Great” responded that they are working in a “Fun” environment.
Think about that and then see if maybe you want to make a few changes at work. Obviously you still need to accomplish your business goals but maybe you can make it a little more fun for everyone while doing so.
Oh, and should we mention that this Saturday is National Compliment Day? Sure we should, you are so great at what you do that you can handle anything, even late notice.