Have you ever heard someone refer to themselves as a POW (Prisoner of Work)? Aside from the stark contrast in connotation that the actual use of that term implies, you still have to wonder why someone would continue to subject him or herself to a job that he or she only views as a day-to-day drudgery. Sure, we’re all forced to worship at the idol of the almighty dollar, and that’s what helps us deal with the challenges of our careers. Yet that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy doing so. If you’re a manager or executive, consider this summer your chance to finally help your employees have fun at work. With summer coming to a close, it's time to make sure you've checked everything off your summer bucket list.
Creating the Ideal Atmosphere for Office Fun
Before you start ordering balloons or organizing a book club, remember this: no one likes to feel like they’re being forced to interact. The moment your employees start to feel as though you’re trying to regulate fun is the moment they stop having it. True office enjoyment is something that happens naturally and spontaneously. There are, however, a few things you can do to help provide those moments:
Turning your office into a place where your colleagues actually enjoy coming back to isn’t all that difficult. The key is avoiding the appearance of forced fun. Once you’ve developed an atmosphere or trust and mutual respect amongst your staff, getting them to open up and participate in office activities is easy. Make this your office’s official Summer of Love.
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