The "Fun" Factor in Today's Workplace
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. What wrong with having fun … nothing, not even if you're at work!
The workplace at the end of the Century is anything but dull. Gone are the dramatics associated with corporate politics, white button-down shirts or blouses, and the staunch quiet, labor-intensive drudgery associated with the '80s. In today's labor shortage, if companies are going to nurture the worker and retain he or she in the business on a long-term basis, then companies should put the word "fun" in all its activities.
Although it is certainly not the norm across the board, research by human resource experts shows that an exciting and energizing atmosphere does much to further a company's initiatives. Some businesses, for example, go to extremes with rock-climbing walls, while others feature darts, pool tables, a "quiet room," and even soothing, indoor waterfalls that sound like you're in the rain forest.
Boundaries must be established, but the trick to promoting a fun workplace is letting employees decide what they want to have.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.