A client recently told me about the amazing Halloween celebration they were having for their employees and their families. He made it sound so good I wanted to go, too.
Then he said, “It doesn’t make us more productive, but it is fun.”
I respectfully disagree. I think having fun does make an organization more productive. Fun, done right, is fuel for enhanced performance. Companies that celebrate their employees prove they value them, and a party like he described is such a celebration.
Recently I spoke for Acuity Insurance, consistently ranked one of the best places to work in America. They have a ferris wheel—get this—inside their headquarters. A full size ferris wheel for their employees and families to enjoy, especially on every other Thursday when they host everyone for free food, beer, and fun.
Before I spoke, I got a tour. My guide said, “If we have time I’d like to show you the dungeon.” I thought it was a metaphor for a room with no lights or extremely boring work.
Nope. It is a fully outfitted dungeon. When they added on to the existing headquarters they ended up with an extra room that they turned into a dungeon. Obviously nobody is tortured there, but it speaks to a spirit of whimsey that I think is very cool and fitting for a company where people have fun.
What are you doing that is fun and, that done right, will make you more productive, too?