301 Ways to Have Fun at Work

301 Ways to Have Fun at Work


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301 Ways to Have Fun at Work by Dave Hemsath, David Hemsath, Daniel McCullen

"Fun at Work" sounds like an oxymoron, but it may be the hottest new trend in business
— Features ideas generated by companies around the world that have successfully instilled fun into the workplace
— Written not just for managers, but for anyone who works in an organization

The most successful organizations add a healthy dose of play into their daily or weekly routines. In fact, research has shown that when people actually enjoy their jobs they're more creative, more productive, and more committed to doing their job well. Companies like the Colorado Health Sciences Center and Southwest Airlines attest to the positive effect of fun at work. Both trace increased job satisfaction and decreased employee downtime to concerted efforts to make fun a part of their corporate identity.

With 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work, Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerkes offer a complete resource anyone can use to create a dynamic workplace that encourages and inspires fun-and-games camaraderie among employees. It combines thorough research with practical hands-on suggestions, and features hundreds of ideas real companies have used to lighten up the workplace.

When the authors surveyed over 1,500 individuals from organizations worldwide, they received enthusiastic responses that yielded a broad range of ways to spice up the workday. People loved to share how they have fun at work. The suggestions in the book include humorous training films, dress-up and dress-down days, silly job titles, awards for people who go "above and beyond the call of duty" when a coworker is on vacation, "ritual dances" at the completion of a project, a fashion show when it's time to choose a new uniform — even foam dartfights after meetings.

Designed to be read straight through or picked up and browsed for just a few minutes, 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work also features sidebars, fun facts, fun quotes, and fun resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576750193
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 1,308,525
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hemsath is a self-proclaimed expert on fun.

Yerkes is President of Catalyst Consulting Group, an organizational development/change management consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is chocked full of real examples of fun at work, but because of the way it is put together I found it very hard to read through. Because of the difficulty in reading I was not very 'inspired' about fun at work. I am happy to have it in my library so I can reference it when I am working on a specific item. This book is more suited as a reference for a more mature fun work environment. The last section on, 'A twelve-step method to fun' would make a good presentation, and the material at the end certainly can help some of the more focused 'fun managers'.