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Remember to Have a Little Fun

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is a fantastic concept, but very difficult to achieve for most of us. Even if you love your job and what you do, the day to day monotony can make your job “work”. Everyone can agree that companies are asking more and more out of their employees, and even on a day off, you still check your emails and take phone calls, that is just the world we are in.

I am lucky, I have a fun job and I truly love what I do. But, I do have to remind myself once in a while to have a little more fun. My office overlooks our racetrack and I can see the horses run in the summer, but most of the time my back is turned doing work instead. I had to put up a sign next to my computer screen to remind myself to turn around and enjoy what I do. I keep a nerf gun at my desk, so if I feel the cube world I live in becoming too serious, I will start a little battle. I even bought co-workers some guns for the same reason. This helps not only breakup the day of work, but reminds each of us to have a little fun.

 

Having fun is infectious, it helps make each work day more enjoyable and also gives everyone a chance to bond and build a better relationship. I can tell when I start having more fun everyone else around me does the same and will share a smile as they are doing their work. I have a different work environment that breeds fun, so it may be a little easier for me to go on the gaming floor, listen to a concert or walk down to the Halloween event, but it is still possible for everyone to have more fun at work.

 

Ideas:

For that copier that is always broken, put up a sign that the printer is renamed to Bob Markey because it’s always Jamin.

Bring in a board game or cribbage board and put a challenge out to the employees to play during lunch.

Change the name plates or add paper nameplates to people in your office.

Challenge someone to a distance shot of throwing paper into the garbage.

 

The little things that only take a few minutes can make your 8-12 hour day a little more fun and help you look forward to the work you do and people you work with.






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