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Coaching the Team: Part Four

Having Fun

It’s no secret that people are more productive, dedicated, and generally love their jobs more when they are having fun. Having fun at work is not the anomaly that it once was, either – businesses everywhere are striving to create desirable work-life balance for their employees, which, in many cases, includes making the office setting a more enjoyable place to be. 

As a business owner or manager, how do you ensure that your employees have fun? Do you plan special events, encourage employee interaction, or utilize a social calendar within your place of work? All of these options can be very effective. At the end of the day, however, your attitude and ability to enjoy your surroundings will directly impact how your employees feel about the environment in which they work. 

Read below for tips on how to make “having fun” standard practice within your business setting:

Plan Special Events
Celebrate holidays, milestones and company successes with special events. These events can be as simple as ordering a cake into the office or having everyone meet at a local restaurant. Not only can a change of pace be extremely refreshing, but these types of events also encourage mingling amongst you and members of your team. 

Encourage Organic Fun
Remove some of the pressure of pre-planned events by encouraging organic fun amongst your staff members. Allow your team time to interact with one another and develop a strong rapport along the way. Inter-office friendships are often driving forces behind passion for a job; individuals want to come into work when they look forward to seeing their coworkers on a daily basis.
 
Have Fun
Contrary to popular old-school management strategies, you can maintain your reputation as the consummate professional while still enjoying yourself at work. Don’t be afraid to show your employees your fun side, partake in laughs, and be yourself – all the while remaining dedicated to the job at hand. Your team will follow suit. 
Employees who have fun at work are more likely to be emotionally and behaviorally dedicated to their roles, simply because they possess a heightened admiration for their employers, coworkers, and the organization itself. As a manager trying to make the workplace more enjoyable, it is up to you to create an environment in which workplace fun can develop organically. Plan situations that encourage social interaction and, resultingly, allow inter-office friendships to develop – your employees will take care of the rest. 

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