PEOPLE WHO HAVE FUN AT WORK are more productive, more creative, and report higher levels of job satisfaction, according to recent research. And they tend to stick around longer too—a key competitive advantage in today’s tight job market. In short, fun in the workplace goes right to the bottom line.
As coauthor of 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work, Dave Hemsath was among the first to show how fun could be beneficial to all types and sizes of organizations. The idea has caught on, and people are clamoring for more ways to make their workplaces fun places to be. His new book, 301 More Ways to Have Fun at Work, builds on the success of the earlier book by applying the concept to new areas of business life, showing how to inject an element of fun into hiring, customer service, events, sales and marketing, leadership, and corporate culture.
Like the earlier book, 301 More Ways to have Fun at Work offers practical advice for creating a work environment infused with the spirit of fun. It’s a comprehensive resource for building and maintaining a productive and satisfying work environment that inspires camaraderie among employees and loyalty to the organization. And also like its predecessor, each chapter includes dozens of real-life examples of how individuals and organizations have put fun into the normal course of their work.
Throughout the chapters, a series of "Fun Facts" and "Fun Quotes" provides humorous and interesting information about the effects of fun on workplace performance, and "Fun Resources" direct readers to useful sources for products and services that increase the fun quotient in the workplace. The book also includes "Dave’s Hierarchy of Fun," a lighthearted but thoughtful discussion of the factors needed for establishing and maintaining a fun workplace.
Entertaining and accessible, 301 More Ways to Have Fun at Work legitimizes the issue of fun as an organizational strategy and has a good time doing it. Hemsath’s infectious enthusiasm guarantees that readers will enjoy themselves as they discover how to make their workplace more enjoyable. He clearly shows that creating a fun atmosphere in the workplace not only makes working more pleasant, but also increases productivity, morale, and retention.
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About the Author
Dave Hemsath is co-owner and founder of Business Outreach Books in Cleveland, Ohio. He is famous for implementing several of the fun ideas contained in this book in his own office as well as in the offices of his customers and suppliers. Some of his favorite fun ideas involve food (belly-buster taco pizza), drink (beer), and music (rock and roll) to loosen up a stressful workplace. He feels strongly that if you are not truly enjoying your work, you should find something else to do.
Read an Excerpt
Fun at work—is it an oxymoron or the newest business management trend?
We believe that fun at work may be the single most important trait of a highly effective and successful organization; we see a direct link between fun at work and employee creativity, productivity, morale, satisfaction, and retention, as well as customer service and many other factors that determine business success.
We wanted to help people see that link, so we decided to conduct an international survey to collect real and relevant stories of what actual businesspeople are doing to create fun workplaces. The results have been phenomenal. We received responses from individuals at many levels of the corporate hierarchy, who work within companies of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries. The responses revealed that many successful companies have made fun an integral part of their corporate culture. Fun has become an organizational strategy—a strategic weapon to achieve extraordinary results in areas of corporate life ranging from training sessions to meetings to hiring practices.
Humor consultant and bestselling author C. W. Metcalf wrote in HR Focus (February 1993) that “humor is a vital, critical element for human survival, and we often forget about it, and set it aside. We are told that laughter, fun, and play are unadult, unintelligent, and nonprofessional. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the first indicators of the onset of most mental illness is a loss of the sense of joy in being alive.”
Fun and humor help individuals through crisis and change. Because they facilitate the release of tension, fun and humor increase employees’ ability to cope with stress on the job and to remain flexible, creative, and innovative under pressure—central features of a strong, resilient corporate culture.
Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity, and less downtime. As cited in HR Focus in February 1993:
In the nine months that followed a workshop conducted by C. W. Metcalf at Digital Equipment Corporation in Colorado Springs, twenty middle managers increased their productivity by 15 percent and reduced their sick days by half.
Employees from the Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver who viewed humorous training films and attended fun workshops showed a 25 percent decrease in downtime and a 60 percent increase in job satisfaction.
Fun and the energy it creates are contagious. By far, the most intriguing part of the hundreds of surveys we received are the many stories of the ways that individuals and companies incorporate fun into the workplace.
This book is essentially a compilation of these fun and inspiring stories.
Table of Contents
Introduction: FunOne More Time
Dave’s Hierarchy of Fun
Hiring & Retention: Fun-atics Need Apply
Corporate Culture: Fun-R-Us
Leadership: Fun From the Top Down
Customer Service: Priority Fun
Sales & Marketing: Fun Sells
Events: Gone Funnin’! Be Back Soon
The Twelve-Step Method to Fun: A Quick Review for the Fun-Impaired Workplace
About the Author