Four Ways To Have Fun At Work

Whenever I mention having fun at work, I’m often greeted by raised eyebrows and the odd comment like “Yeah, Right!”

What is it about fun at work that for most of us, just doesn’t sit right?FUNBARBARA

Having fun is a great motivator. It’s a great way to build teams and bring people together. It’s a fantastic way of releasing stress and helping people see the human side to you, and well…it’s just plain fun!

For most of us we spend more time at work than we do at home. More time with our colleagues than our loved ones. More times trying to be serious than smiling and having a bit of a laugh.

Want to inject a bit of fun into your team? Have a look at these 4 tips…

1. Do a fund raiser

If your team is not really used to doing fun activities a good way to kick it off is to have a fundraiser, as people will generally get behind something if it’s for charity. From fancy dress to a pub quiz style event, there’s loads you can do. Ask the team what they’d like to do and who they want to raise money for.

2. Use small team build activities

Team builds don’t have to be formally organised and off the premises. You can do similar activities in the comfort of your own office. It can even be as simple as putting a puzzle on a white board to see who can solve it.

3. Create an incentive / competition

If you have a big project coming up you could make it into an incentive to create that sense of competition between teams.

4. Order in some pizzas

If games aren’t your team’s thing, why not, just order in a pizza one lunch time and just get around and chat?

Whatever you come up with has to be in keeping with your culture for it to work. Ask your teams for some ideas on what they’d like to see happening and how they would like to have fun at work.

I’d love to hear your ideas on how you’ve injected a bit of fun into your work. Let me know by leaving a comment and if you’d like more tips on how to get the very best out of your team and yourself, and work smarter and not harder sign up for my updates in the box at the top of the page.

This post has been republished with permission from Barbara Nixon

Barbara Nixon

Barbara Nixon

Management Development Trainer, Coach and Writer at Barbara Nixon
Barbara Nixon is a passionate learning and development specialist who gets a real kick out of seeing people develop and grow. Barbara is Director of Synaptic Change – a UK based training consultancy that designs and delivers bespoke management development programmes, and then embeds the learning back into the workplace -which is something that she is very passionate about. Although Barbara loves working with organisations and teams she also came to realise that not everyone has access to development programmes at work, and not everyone wants to share their aspirations with their boss – so Managers Mentor was born. An online space dedicated to motivating, developing and supporting others to achieve the success that they’re looking for in their role and career. In her spare time Barbara has 4 kids, grows veg to varying degrees of success and loves to read.
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