According to the employees that work for firms listed in Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," the most defining characteristic of these organizations is they are all "fun" places to work.
Fun is the secret sauce every business needs to better engage and motivate its employees today. Work Made Fun Gets Done! gives readers simple, practical ideas for instantly bringing fun into their work and workplace. Based on examples from scores of companies like Zoom, Pinterest, Bank of America, Zappos, Honda, Microsoft, and many more, this book provides clear examples of exactly what managers and employees alike can do to lighten the tone in the work environment and allow employees to have more fun at work.
From AAA's "Dump a Dog" program where workers can pass their least-wanted project on to their manager and Houzz's complimentary office slippers to CARFAX's themed-wardrobe Zoom meetings and Google's company-approved Nerf-gun battles and paper airplane contests, you'll find dozens of ideas you can immediately adapt and implement in your own workplace.
Work and fun have typically been considered polar opposites, but this book proves they can be integrated in ways that produce more motivated workers--and exceptional results.
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About the Author
Mario Tamayo, a principal with Tamayo Group Inc., has more than thirty years of experience in maximizing human performance, working with companies such as Genentech, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Petco, and General Dynamics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Era of Workplace Fun 1
Part I Individual-Oriented Fun 11
Chapter 1 Making Your Own Work Fun 13
Chapter 2 Surprises, Morale Boosters & Thoughtful Gestures 31
Part II Leader-Oriented Fun 41
Chapter 3 Management Techniques 43
Chapter 4 Meetings & Office Communication 55
Chapter 5 Recognition 67
Part III Team-Oriented Fun 79
Chapter 6 Virtual Work 81
Chapter 7 Games, Contests & Competitions 99
Chapter 8 Team Building, Teams & Committees 116
Part IV Organization-Oriented Fun 131
Chapter 9 Working Conditions 133
Chapter 10 Office Space & Design 147
Chapter 11 Food 155
Chapter 12 Dogs & Pets 163
Chapter 13 The Arts 170
Chapter 14 Celebrations, Birthdays & Anniversaries 177
Chapter 15 Charities & Volunteering 192
Conclusion & Discussion Guide 201
Featured Companies 207
About the Authors 219