Last week featured a pretty heavy topic so I thought it’d be good to turn to a bit lighter topic – fun!
Are you having enough fun? Are you having enough fun at work? Even at the best of times, I’m thinking most of us don’t have enough fun at work.
Of course, first you must agree with premise that having fun at work is appropriate and necessary. Since I’m writing about it, it’s easy to surmise that I’m of the belief that it is appropriate, necessary and important to have fun at work. A lot of folks out there agree with me, too.
According to WebMD, workplace stress raises heart risk for women and stress can “play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.” More than $300B is the estimated cost of stress to U.S. businesses every year.
That said, bringing in cake to celebrate the birthdays for the month isn’t going to magically bring down your blood pressure. Like everything, reducing stress by having fun is something that we should likely think about every day. Yep, having fun is something you should add to the to-do list for your day at work.
As my dad used to say, fun’s fun when it’s fun for everyone which means that you’ll need to figure out what fun at work looks like for you. Just keeping a sense of humor at work is a good start. Here are a few other suggestions mostly -mine because I couldn’t find a nice list to copy and paste here.
- IM your coworkers – yes, I know that we are supposed to all be paying attention during every moment of every meeting; but sometimes it’s fun to reach out and chat with a friend at work.
- Wow – my virtual workplace is showing! If you are lucky enough to work with people who sit near you, go see them! Share a joke or funny story. Get up outta your chair and say hi!
- Check out some comics online. Of course, Dilbert is a favorite – but I also enjoy Randy Glasbergen’s workplace funnies as well.
- Simply smile at people when you walk in the halls. Smiles truly are contagious and how great to be an instigator.
- Plan some fun – grab a coworker and head out of the office for lunch or coffee and get away from your desk and computer.
Brainstorm a little and make your own list. Anything that brings your stress level down a bit qualifies as fun in my book, so get creative. And then go have some fun!
Balancing Work and Play