Have fun at work!

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

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Have fun at work!

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

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