As the saying goes, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”. However, knowing what job is REALLY right for you can be challenging. People often choose jobs that they think will make them happy based on salary and potential promotion paths, but still end up unhappy.
So what should these unhappy people do? Leave their jobs? Or seek out more ‘fun’ work environments? Well yes, you could do those things, but before doing anything rash, it might be worth taking another look at your current work environment! If you can learn to see the glass half-full and enjoy more moments around the office, you may discover you can be happy right where you are ws3kcwb. Worth a shot right?
So how do we as managers or employees make our workplace somewhere people want to be everyday? Or at least most of the time…
Talk to everyone!
Outside of brainstorming sessions when we’re sharing ideas with our colleagues, most of the time we’re stuck answering emails or performing tasks on our own. Working on lengthy projects alone, or with a fixed team, overtime can cause us to burn out, loose focus on the larger objectives of the task, and even miss out on opportunities. This is when a fresh pair of eyes can be incredibly helpful: shaking things up by inviting a group of fellow employees who are unconnected with a project can be vital to help reveal new perspectives and ways of thinking out of the box.
In general, sharing our thoughts and ideas with colleagues makes our jobs more interesting and sometimes even more fun. You never know, you might discover brilliant ideas and fresh insight from somewhere or someone you wouldn’t expect. That’s why, whenever possible, we should try bringing new brains to the table and see what they can do.
The added bonus? Those employees feel more valued and engaged, and they might go back to their own work with some new ideas!
Create a fun daily ritual!
Steve Jobs used to wake up, look himself in the mirror and ask “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”, and every single morning, Benjamin Franklin used to ask himself “What good shall I do today?”. Anna Wintour starts her day with an hour-long tennis match at 5.45 am, and Tim Ferris keeps his routine as flexible as possible, but he avoids doing phone calls on Mondays and Fridays.
Each one of us, from the most successful entrepreneur to the new intern, have a routine. Why not implement one in our office life, and include our colleagues? We can gather the team together on Friday to have a chat about last week’s achievements, or our feelings about whether it’s better to have a long black americano or a short, espresso on Monday morning. Over time, team huddles or social activities can help us make friends outside our team, that we may never have met otherwise.
So, let’s all take a break and enjoy a shared experience with colleagues outside of our team! Stepping away from our work can fuel creativity by relaxing the mind and allowing us to think in a different direction. A quick activity with a new friend could be life changing!
Enjoy extra activities!
Missing those field trips from your high school days? Well, maybe it’s time we bring them back! In addition to being unquestionably more fun than sitting in an office, field trips push us to think differently by seeing and doing. Whether you check out that new exhibit at the Natural History Museum, go to an escape room, or play laser tag, getting out the office can be both rewarding and more productive in the long run. In general, extra activities with our colleagues can be vital to creating the best office environment. All these social-exercises can help us test our biases and open our eyes to new ideas or considerations that are not otherwise apparent.
While it may not always be possible, let’s try to find moments to leave the office behind and apply real-world context to the topic at hand! Work is a big part of our lives, and finding ways to make it fun and interesting will make it more enjoyable and make us more creative!
How do you engage in productive fun at your office? Let us know in the comments!