Cartoon Network's, Stuart Snyder was named the “Most Playful CEO” for 2012 and can be seen most days riding an oversized tricycle around company headquarters.
His employees are encouraged to have just as much fun.
One of the core values of the company Zappos is:
“Create fun and a little weirdness”
Now in its second year under Amazon.com, Zappos and their 3,003 employees maintain its zany culture with thinks like:
So…do you have fun at work?
Studies show that workers who have a little fun on the job are:
Experts say just look at toddlers. Toddlers learn best when they are playing, it’s also the best way of motivating them to do something.
The sad thing is that, as we grow up, and progress further in life, we tend to get rid of the ‘fun’ element, thinking it’s ‘not professional’.
But, according to the book The Levity Effect: Why It Pays To Lighten Up:
“If people are having fun, they’re going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis and take better care of the organization.”
The Great Place To Work Institute, a global research, consulting and training firm compiles Fortune Magazine’s annual, “100 Best Companies To Work For” list. Ironically, they're not on the list. SEE THE LIST
Each year, they ask tens of thousands of employees to rank their workplace experiences by answering 57 questions on a variety of factors including whether or not: “This is a fun place to work.”
Their decade of research that shows, that:
Now, skeptics make the argument:
“Well, that just because the company is successful, because of that employees view the company as ‘fun’”
But Amy Lyman, co-founder of the Great Place To Work Institute, disagrees saying it is VERY unusual for a company to be among on the ‘100 Best’ list and not score extremely well on the ‘fun’ question.
She points to the research that shows some very successful companies on the list that are only denoted as ‘good’ places to work. On the ‘fun’ question, those companies only score an average of 52%.