The idea of fun at work refers to both yourself as a leader and the team experiencing enjoyment, happiness, connection, and humour while at work. Throughout our careers, we will spend over 100,000 hours at work. This is a lot of our waking hours, so it’s pretty important that this time investment provides some enjoyment to all of us.
The case for fun at work is very strong. There is a plethora of research and studies that show businesses and workplaces which people find fun are more creative and innovative, experience higher levels of employee engagement (including loyalty, trust, and belonging), and higher levels of productivity. Clearly, it is important for you as a leader, the team and the business to get this right.