What’s fun got to do with it?
There are frequent themes that crop up when people come to me looking to create a change in their career.
Wanting greater flexibility and to do something that they really connect with tend to be the top ones, but as we explore a little further, another theme repeatedly emerges.
It’s one that is raised in a slightly tentative voice, the thing they almost don’t mention, yet as soon as they do, realise just how important it is to them: “I’d like to have more fun at work”.
In my experience, the phrases ‘having fun’ and ‘at work’ are not used together often enough, and my clients seem to reflect this. It’s as if it is a silly expectation or something that is considered unimportant or inappropriate. Yet not having any opportunity for fun within your work can be hugely de-motivating, and if someone feels this way year after year, is it any wonder that they start looking for a change?
This theme is naturally a big concern for these individuals, but it is also one for the people and organisations they work for.
There is evidence that shows how having fun and experiencing positive emotions at work has a lengthy list of benefits…….here goes: it increases people’s happiness, helps to protect them against stress, enables higher productivity, promotes exploration, enhances creativity, supports learning and builds individuals engagement and company loyalty.
Phew….and hurrah, fun at work is good for people and for business.
If you were in any doubt about what fun has to do with it – say it out loud – EVERYTHING!
So what does fun at work mean and who is responsible for creating it? Continue reading