1. Gather your co-workers for the “Joy of Work” hour
Everyone must talk about something good at work. Take turns telling stories about the things that make work a joy. Each person should contribute ideas on how to make work more fun.
2. Have a fun recognition program
Fun is not a reward for performance but can be a way to encourage employees to perform. For example, you could create “games” out of productive activity…who can motivate the most patients in a hospital to smile and say something funny to the head nurse. Playful and goal-oriented fun is best.
3. Respond to fun when it happens
Funny things occur all the time, but if you are obsessed with left-brain analytical thought, you might find it hard to stop and respond. Natural spontaneous humor is a blessing. Stop and take a moment to give employees and customers an opportunity to see the fun in the event.
4. Commit to being fun and it will change your approach to work
Start slowly with a few activities and communicate your desire to create a more relaxed workplace. Don’t expect things to turn around overnight.
5. Put fun things and activities in the staff room
This allows people to take their mind off of the seriousness of work for a short period, so they come back to work with a more positive and balanced perspective.
6. Encourage staff to leave work behind at the end of the day
Employees shouldn’t be so consumed with work that it affects their family life and leisure activities. Find fun ways for employees to “unload” at the end of the day or week. Create a ritual like writing a “to do” list and posting it on the board. By doing this, you commit to not thinking about the things on the list until the next day.
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