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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Having fun at work: Management Tips

As managers, we can spend more time at work than anywhere else in our lives—so it might as well be a fun place to be. In this week’s first Management Tip, I show you how to help others view their work in a more positive light—by creating opportunities to have fun there.

Too often we equate professionalism with a lack of emotion—and that’s wrong. While we do need to keep a lid on negative emotions, we should unleash any and all positive emotions at work. Positive emotions lead to stronger relationships and more creative decision-making. Having fun in the workplace actually helps us do our jobs better.

There are lots of ways to have fun at work. It can be as simple as sharing an embarrassing story, celebrating important events, playing an occasional game, or watching a hilarious YouTube video. If you actively look for ways to make people smile and laugh, you’ll see the benefits quickly.

The second tip this week follows up by examining purpose in our jobs. One of your core jobs as a leader is to help others see the purpose and meaning in their work. When people believe their work has true value and purpose, just doing their normal jobs can be fulfilling, and even fun.

To be clear, you should care about your team’s productivity, but you should probably care even more about how often they smile. Get started by watching this week’s Management Tips.

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