Unhappiness in work is a common theme amongst many people I meet. It’s usually not about the pay or hours, but instead their managers, team, and overall culture of the organization. For many, however, they’re not at the point where they are actually ready to pull the trigger on quitting or looking for a new position. Many comments I hear are, “I’m not interested in proving myself within another company…I’ve built relationships with clients and it would take me years to do if I moved to a new spot… I like what I do, it’s just so negative around here.”
When I think of someone who has figured out how to make work FUN and retain members of the team, I think of my dentist. Yes, I said my dentist! Most people really don’t look forward to their dental appointments. I’ve realized the reason I actually am excited to go is the EXPERIENCE I have. My dentist is actually a past president of the “Optimist Club” in my town. It makes sense though, when you witness the genuine camaraderie he has cultivated with his team of assistants and hygienists. The office exudes laughter, kindness, and a sincere interest in the lives of the dental team and their patients. Recently, my hygienist started a morning “word of the day” ritual. The office looks forward to the new word each day and she attempts to find words you can’t believe exist. The most recent is higgledy-piggledy. If you are interested in whether I am joking or not, Google it!
The point being, we all have the choice to simply “exist” in our current circumstances expecting someone else to make us happy…or we can choose to become a positive influencer in our work by cultivating a sense of fun.
I would love to hear stories from anyone who has put in place fun ideas at work. The best ones will be featured in upcoming “Inspiration of the Week” Gems!
Make it a great day!