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spike bullet December 2004 - Make it Lighter

Make it Lighter (Fun at Work) 
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color bulletMake it Lighter

There are plenty of ways to add "light" to your workplace in the form of fun and enjoyable events to balance the shortage of light from the sun at this time of year

When people enjoy their work, the time seems to fly by.  That's why so many workplaces promote holiday parties - they make people feel good!  People who feel good, work better and get along better with others.  

Imagine getting up every day excited about what you face at work that day!  Your own individual positive "light" helps keep the mood upbeat.  Whatever you can do to help yourself feel good at work, helps everyone else.  

Decorated holiday tree w/flashing lightsAs we head into December, may people find they can let their creativity show as they decorate their office with tinsel, shiny balls, glitter strings or other bright, shiny objects.  These also help reflect the light and add a bit of sparkle that will tickle the fancy of those who come by.

Others wear brighter, livelier colors that have the same effect.  Battery-powered low voltage light strings are often allowed in workplaces where adding electric lights may be a problem.  

Individual homeowners and entire neighborhoods light up their homes for the holidays, which provide enjoyable scenery on the drive home from work on those dark evenings. 

Some people find that practicing with the company singing group, church choir or local community group provide the extra uplift they seek at this time of year.  

Many organizations choose to help others at this time of year.  They may have auctions of holiday baskets with proceeds going to charity.  The group effort of working together to achieve something worthwhile helps pass the time quickly, and the excitement of winning something pretty carries over in a positive way to other work throughout the day.  Certainly the good feelings associated with helping others reminds us of how prosperous we are and provides another reason to be grateful.   

If you are a boss, how about declaring a "silly day" when everyone can just relax and be silly?  Radical?  You bet!  For those courageous enough to try it, you will reap major benefits by giving your employees the opportunity to relax and get to know you as a person instead of just "the boss."

Dennis Bakke, in his book Joy at Work, likes to ask the question, "What is the most important factor that makes a workplace rewarding satisfying, exciting fun?"  Typical answers include:

  • Good friends
  • Good environment
  • It's challenging
  • I get to do what I'm good at
  • Fair play
  • I learn a lot
  • Doing something worthwhile
  • I'm needed
  • I'm thought of as a person
  • Winning
  • Being part of a team
  • Significant responsibility.

What would people at your workplace say makes it fun?  Share the answers in your department or company newsletter.  Encourage people to make suggestions for making it even more enjoyable this month. 

At your staff meetings during the winter, how about dedicating 10 minutes to the subject of having more fun at work?  Then, start implementing those suggestions.  You may be surprised at how it changes the work dynamic in a positive way.   

Dancing Santa ClausWishing you a December of light and laughter! 

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  • Get Weird! 101 Innovative Ways to Make Your Company a Great Place to Work, John Putzier.  AMACOM, 2001.  ISBN: 0814471145
  • Work Like Your Dog: 50 Ways to Work Less, Play More & Earn More by Matt Weinstein and Luke Barber Villard Books; (June 2002) ISBN: 0812991990
  • Managing to Have Fun : How Fun at Work Can Motivate Your Employees, Inspire Your Coworkers, and Boost Your Bottom Line, Matt Weinstein.  Fireside, 1997 ISBN: 0684827085 
  • Joy at Work: A CEO's Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, Dennis Bakke. PVG (March 30, 2005).  ISBN: 0976268604

world wide web - articles  Articles

  The Lighter Side  

Hoping means seeing that the outcome you want is possible and then working for it Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.

Where there is life, there is hope Marcus Tullius Cicero   

You gain strength, courage and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." Eleanor Roosevelt  

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us Helen Keller  

There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun Josh Billings   

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.   Anonymous   

The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds    Albert Schweitzer   

In order to laugh, you must be able to play with your pain  Annette Goodheart  

Nothing is quite as funny as the unintended humor of reality   Steve Allen   

He who laughs, lasts Mary Pettibone Poole 

In order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles David Ben-Gurion  

The most important medicine is tender love and care Mother Teresa  

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