I overheard someone say, “Of course work isn’t fun. That’s why they call it work!” I suppose they meant that work is supposed to be burdensome, boring, difficult and laborious. I would like to build an argument that the exact opposite is true.
If you want to get the most out of yourself and the people around you, learn to have fun. Fun feeds creativity. Funs opens you to new ideas. Fun fills you with energy. Fun is a great place from which to work.
Think about leading a high performance team as a leader. Fun brings out the best in your employees. Some of the big companies like Google understand that providing employees with opportunities for freedom and fun at work pay big dividends. Taking a break to take a walk, play a game of ping pong or have a chat with a coworker can lead to breakthrough ideas and more efficient work.
I have often noticed that I had some of my best business ideas when on a hike or on vacation. Getting your head out of the game makes room to see things in a different light. New insights lead to new behaviors.
Here are some ideas for having fun at work:
- Take lunch away from your desk. Choose to eat something interesting.
- Share what you did on the weekend with a few of your coworkers and ask about their weekends.
- Decorate your office with pictures from home. Change them frequently.
- If possible, take time to listen to music.
- Take a few minutes 2 or 3 times a day to meditate.
- Whenever possible talk a walk outside.
- Take your boss (or someone else if your boss is a grouch) out to lunch.
- Consider some random acts of kindness for those in the office
Little changes can have big impact. Keep track of your happiness level and work and work on continually raising it.