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ALA 2010 Presentation by Denise Vallandingham, Youth Services Librarian

ALA 2010 Presentation by Denise Vallandingham, Youth Services Librarian
Boone County Public Library KY

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    • Have fun at work!
      ALA Annual Conference
      Washington D.C.
      2010
      Denise Vallandingham
      Youth Services Librarian
      Boone County Public Library KY
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      1. Give up the notion that professionalism means being serious all the time. Lighten-up and laugh!
      You’ve heard laughter is the best medicine , it just might be true in this case.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      Benefits of laughter:
      Physical Health Benefits:
      Boosts immunity
      Lowers stress hormones
      Decreases pain
      Relaxes your muscles
      Prevents heart disease
      helpguide.org
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      Benefits of laughter:
      Mental Health Benefits:
      Adds joy and zest to life
      Eases anxiety and fear
      Relieves stress
      Improves mood
      Enhances resilience
      helpguide.org
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      Benefits of laughter:
      Social Benefits:
      Strengthens relationships
      Attracts others to us
      Enhances teamwork
      Helps defuse conflict
      Promotes group bonding
      helpguide.org
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      2. Define what’s appropriate in your workplace and what is not.
      This constitutes addressing potentially damaging/harmful humor. This is likely already addressed in your company’s sexual harassment policy.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      3. Organize or take part in a “fun” committee.
      Super Awesome Fun Committee (SAFC) at Boone County Public Library – support staff initiative
      Publicist and Training & Design specialist organize special staff events throughout the year
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      4. Add fun to meetings.
      Start with a humorous story or joke.
      Introduce something like a Nerf football – whoever is speaking holds the ball and tosses to the next speaker, etc. this serves a double purpose – it’s fun and cuts down on cross-talking.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      5. Collect and share your favorite cartoons or jokes.
      Subscribe to Unshelved.com. You get a comic strip emailed to you daily that is sure to bring a smile to your face.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      6. Let customers know you’re a fun company.
      This can mean having fun customer events, giving employees stickers/candy to hand out to children, humorous buttons or magnets for adults.
      You can illustrate this with your attitude without spending a dime.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      7. Gather co-workers for a “joy of work” hour.
      Employees share positive, joyful work experiences and express ideas for ways to have fun at work.
      This would be a great way to start a meeting.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      8. Have a fun recognition program.
      Summer reading program for employees
      Once a month employees share a positive experience they witnessed involving another employee; managers can “publish” success stories via email or newsletter.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      9. Allow yourself to respond to humorous things when they happen.
      This sounds easy, but some people find it difficult to stop their analytical thinking and just enjoy a funny moment.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      10. Commit to being fun and it will change your approach to work.
      Start slowly with a few activities, communicate your desire to help create a more relaxed workplace.
      While changes don’t happen overnight, what you can control is your attitude and outlook.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      11. Make the staff room an enjoyable place.
      Have a basket/area where employees can share treats.
    • Ways you can create a fun workplace
      *Remember, it doesn’t take a manager to create a fun and productive workplace, employees can achieve this on their own.