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11 easy ways to make work fun

If you’re employees aren’t having fun, they’re probably not performing at their highest level. So ease up already and try one of these tactics.

How often when you leave your home for the office do you think, “I’m going to have fun today”? Sad, isn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be that way. My company has won Best Place to Work in Houston, and I think a big part of it is that we know how to have fun on the job. And why not? Everyone is happier and more productive when they have fun together. And what some leaders don’t understand is that when people are not having fun, they’re tense. Then as a result of the paralysis, they can’t make decisions—and studies have shown that when you’re paralyzed, you’re incapable of being creative.

Here are 11 ideas we’ve used at Blinds.com. I’m sure you can add dozens to the list:

  1. Have a “decorate your area” contest. Give each employee a nominal decorating allowance and challenge each employee to decorate on a theme. Or encourage departments to develop an overall theme: Our customer-service department hangs extreme sports equipment from the ceiling—reminding us all that we go to extremes for our customers. Our accounting department chose a pirate theme, since they’re always looking for buried treasure.

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