• Tara Humphrey

Is it really too much to ask that we find our work fun?

Updated: May 15, 2019

Now, while we always strive to successfully deliver the projects, we are involved in and take our work seriously, one value I place very highly in my company is the ability to have fun and enjoy the work we do.

On discussing this topic with some friends and colleagues, I was told; 

“Tara, I don’t believe having fun is in the job description”.  And another said…… “You're just there to get the job done. The reason that they hire you is because work is hard, it’s not fun, or they would be happy to do this themselves…..just think of the money”.

I have been thinking about this a lot, and have been really questioning whether it is really too much to expect to have fun at work?

Now, I believe having fun at work (and by fun, I mean the odd chit chat, smile and a laugh here and there), offers the opportunity to improve: • Relationships • Morale • Productivity • Staff retention • Job satisfaction • Recruitment  • Creativity • Wellbeing

For a lot of us, we spend the majority of our week away from our families, together with the complex networks we are working within, I believe it’s sooooo important that we find work we enjoy and experience a little fun along the way.

A smile and a good laugh can really make the difference and for me personally, when I am happy, here is where I do my best work.

Here are my tips to lighten the mood and bring some much-needed enjoyment to our working days.

1. Bring the biscuits. Meetings are always better with biscuits. 2. Acknowledge the positives before jumping into all the challenges. 3. Smile, say hello, thank you, and goodbye – Basic manners really…..  4. Put the radio on... (we are big fans of Kiss FM in our office and love a bit of old school R&B) 5. Share a funny story. If you need one, check out my Diary of a CEPN project manager where I shared when I was mistaken for an Ethiopian wearing a dress in the colours of my tribe! FYI – I’m not Ethiopian, and the dress was just a regular wrap dress from Hobbs. 6. Move around. When I’m working in the office, I try to cycle to work which is a great way to get the endorphins flowing and helps me to arrive at work and home in a good mood. I also have a Fitbit, and in the quest to hit my 10,000 steps per day and 250 steps per hour, when I can, I get up and walk around. Exercise we all know is a great mood lifter.

I count myself as very fortunate to have a company which I love and I am passionate about, and I have reached the conclusion that actually;

- It isn’t too much to ask that our work be fun  - It doesn’t take a lot to create a fun and enjoyable environment  - When the work stops being fun… it may be time to try something different

Now… I would love to hear your views on this topic….

Do you think work should be fun and if so, how do you support this?