By John Carroll
Well, the New Year is in full swing now. So … are we having fun yet?
In the business world, we’re notorious for putting fun last on our list of priorities for the new year and as a result, never getting to it. We are so busy throughout the year trying to meet our sales, revenue, expense, quality and customer satisfaction goals that we don’t set aside time to have fun.
And that needs to change.
- Are you having fun yet? If not, here are some things to consider in order to put fun back into your work and workplace. Put fun first on your list of priorities, and the rest will start to fall into place.
- Laugh more. Laughter is a great medicine for what ails you and your workplace.
- Ring the bell. Celebrate successes, both large and small, and be spontaneous with recognition, praise and “thank you.”
- Get the team involved. Schedule off-site, team building activities with employees, partners, customers and suppliers.
- Release your inner child. Don’t be so serious all the time. Let others see the lighter side of your personality.
- Make the moments count. Live with the 3E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
- Find your happy place. Meditate, take mental health breaks, or extended lunches in order to refresh and re-energize.
- Get to the gym. Make daily exercise an integral part of your work-fun activities.
- Keep things in perspective. Your work is a means to an end, not the end!
Regardless of where you are in your career, if you’re not having fun – what’s the point? Life is too short to not enjoy what you are doing, so find a way to put fun back into your work or do something else.
The negative trends in business as a result of continued downsizing, restructuring and economic uncertainty have taken a huge toll on the workplace, and the workforce is tasked to do more with less. We need to find ways to reduce stress, improve productivity, while keeping our morale and energy levels up.
Putting fun back into the work is a great place to start. So, what are your thoughts on putting fun into your work and workplace in 2015?
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John Carroll is a business & leadership strategist who works with business leaders to help them ‘achieve the results to move beyond their vision.’ He is a best-selling author, educator, blogger and speaker. Email John at firstname.lastname@example.org.