Have Fun at Work

What's Fun for You?


Companies need to enjoy what they’re doing, make their work worthwhile for employees, and celebrate successes in order to truly thrive. In this post, Dina Dwyer Owens explores fun in the workplace and encourages leaders to give it a try. Dina was CEO of The Dwyer Group for fifteen years before becoming Co-Chairwoman. Now she spends her time promoting the The Dwyer Group’s company culture and code of values, seeking out acquisition opportunities for complimentary service brands, and speaking on local, national, and international stages on behalf of the company. She is the author of Live R.I.C.H. and Values, Inc..


If an outsider was to look at your organization and its leadership, would ‘fun’ be a way they’d describe you? Why or why not?
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Dina said that fun comes in many different ways: handing out bonus checks, having cookouts, serving the community, and more. What does fun look like in your organization?
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Part of fun at work is celebrating your successes. How does your team currently celebrate when you reach goals or meet other significant markers?
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Serving people in the community can be fun because it allows your co-workers to interact with each other and gives everybody a sense of doing something good and significant. What are some ways your team could get out and serve people in the community? How do you think those kind of service opportunities would be received by your employees?
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Dina said fun also means that the leader may sometimes need to be vulnerable. She talked about the time she went on Undercover Boss as a chance to get outside her comfort zone and show her company that she was a real and authentic person.  

How do you feel about the idea of getting outside your comfort zone every once in a while?
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"Undercover Boss" may or may not be an option for you. Are there other things you could do or say at work to help people see you as a real and authentic person, rather than just a “boss”? If so, what are they?
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What value do you think fun brings to your organization? If you have an example to illustrate your thoughts, please share!
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With all that goes on at work, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Wouldn't fun be too much to add? No. Thriving in business can, and should, be fun. Our work will be better when we celebrate. Our people will be happier when we bless them. Our companies will be stronger and better when we make them places of generosity, service, and enjoyment. 


This post was taken from the 5-part course, Stick to the Basics. To view the entire course, click here

Content for this post and the entire Stick to the Basics course was based on Dina Dwyer Owens' book Values, Inc.: How Incorporating Values Into Business and Life Can Change the World.  Find about more about Values: Inc. or buy a copy here