It’s nearly the end of the first month of the New Year and you feel like you need a break? You’re in luck. Tomorrow is National Fun at Work Day. That’s right, National Fun at Work Day, observed each year on the 28th of January.
No, this is not a joke, but feel to make some tomorrow. Really, can you think of a better day to make jokes than a day with fun in its name? Why do we need a day like this? 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.”
But wait, there’s more. According to Dave Hemseth and Leslie Yerkes, co-authors of 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work, “Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity, and less downtime.”
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.
If you’re finding out a little too late to formally do anything tomorrow to celebrate, you’re in luck. Friday is International Fun at Work Day.