My friend Patty told me the other day that they were having a mandatory fun day at work, and that it was going to be anything but fun. I never heard of such a thing before. Maybe it’s because I have fun no matter where I am.
I can’t escape the notion of being required to have fun. First, I found it surprising that somebody would get upset because their bosses wanted them to enjoy themselves and get to know their coworkers better. That’s what I strive for every day. I always find time to laugh with my buddies at some point in the day. I couldn’t make it through the workday otherwise.
I also find it intriguing that a person would continue in a job that is so boring or so restrictive that management actually has to mandate its employees to enjoy themselves from time to time. I have never had a job where I didn’t find a way to have fun occasionally.
So here are my ideas on how to have a little fun at work
Get to know your neighbors. Be open. Introduce yourself.
Find one friend who shares your values and another who is a little goofy.
Do at least one thing every day that makes you laugh.
Always take a lunch break and get away from work.
If none of these things works, find a new job.
Take it from FUN!