Berrett-Koehler publications are available through most bookstores. They can also be ordered directly from Berrett-Koehler: Tel: ; Fax: ; www. Please contact Berrett-Koehler: Tel: ; Fax: Orders by U. Thanks to Laura and Kristen who listen to my kooky ideas, and no thanks to Kristen for tick tocking me into doing this one. Thanks to Berrett-Koehler for taking a chance with us, and a special thanks to Steve and Valerie. Writing this book has been an educational experience for me; I will never look at writing and publishing in the same way again.
Thanks to my wife, Gayle, and my boys, Michael and Derek, who have had to put up with my brutal travel schedule as well as most of my free time being spent on writing this book. You have been patient and supportive, mostly, and I appreciate it. And boys: you finally got your names in a book! Thanks to my business partner, Patrick, and my coworkers, Lucy, Tom, and Dana. And a special thanks to Kristen who has been my coach and mentor. Thanks for the ice chips. To the team at Berrett-Koehler Publishers for your belief in fun as important, for your willingness to be unconventional in the process of birthing this book, and in recognition of your talent.
Thanks for being visionaries. To my partner in crime, Dave, for pursuing an idea and making fun of me even in my most insane moments. Thanks for being a catalyst. To Megan for believing in the book and bringing your spirit of fun into our lives. Thanks for being an architect. To my mother and father for your unconditional love and support, which sustains my spirit for fun.
Thanks for being risk takers with me. To all those fun-loving individuals in workplaces across the nation who generously shared their ideas with us and now with you, the readers. Thanks for being fun. The secret to having fun in life is to surround yourself with fun people. My love and appreciation to all of my friends, family, and colleagues who make fun with and of me, keeping my life filled with laughter and joy, and particularly to Preston for his steadfast friendship.
Thank you for being my teachers, for helping me learn how to lighten up! We believe that fun at work may be the single most important trait of a highly effective and successful organization; we see a direct link between fun at work and employee creativity, productivity, morale, satisfaction, and retention, as well as customer service and many other factors that determine business success. We wanted to help people see that link, so we decided to conduct an international survey to collect real and relevant stories of what actual businesspeople are doing to create fun workplaces.
The results have been phenomenal.
We received responses from individuals at many levels of the corporate hierarchy, who work within companies of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries. The responses revealed that many successful companies have made fun an integral part of their corporate culture.
Fun has become an organizational strategy—a strategic weapon to achieve extraordinary results in areas of corporate life ranging from training sessions to meetings to hiring practices. Humor consultant and bestselling author C. Metcalf wrote in HR Focus February that humor is a vital, critical element for human survival, and we often forget about it, and set it aside.
We are told that laughter, fun, and play are unadult, unintelligent, and nonprofessional. Nothing could be further from the truth. One of the first indicators of the onset of most mental illness is a loss of the sense of joy in being alive. Fun and humor help individuals through crisis and change.
Organizations that integrate fun into work have lower levels of absenteeism, greater job satisfaction, increased productivity, and less downtime. As cited in HR Focus in February In the nine months that followed a workshop conducted by C.
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Metcalf at Digital Equipment Corporation in Colorado Springs, twenty middle managers increased their productivity by 15 percent and reduced their sick days by half. Employees from the Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver who viewed humorous training films and attended fun workshops showed a 25 percent decrease in downtime and a 60 percent increase in job satisfaction.
Fun and the energy it creates are contagious. By far, the most intriguing part of the hundreds of surveys we received are the many stories of the ways that individuals and companies incorporate fun into the workplace. We wrote Ways to Have Fun at Work for everyone who works: from line employees to managers, from contract workers to senior executives. The book is designed so that you can open it to any page and find valuable ideas to use immediately.
We have organized the book into seven sections to facilitate your finding a fun idea to suit your particular work situation or need. At the end of each section, we present an in-depth case study, which we call a Fun Focus, that illustrates the theme of the section. The sections are as follows:. Training: Learning the Fun-damentals. Recognition: Say It with Fun.
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