Can work and fun coexist? End the eternal debate, and have fun while still being professional and productive! They work in harmony better than you may think.
In this video, Dr. Melissa Gratias from Productivity Psychologist, LLC will show you how to turn work day drudgery into productive fun.
Don’t want to watch the video? The transcript is below.
Hi, this is Dr. Melissa Gratias with Productivity Psychologist, LLC, and the purpose of this video is to help you have more fun at work, because when work is fun it’s easier to be productive. In the type of environment where you enjoy your work, your colleagues, and what you’re doing, things are more productive and fun.
So, here are a few tips for you…
Three specific ones to help you inject more fun into your work.
First tip. Every project, especially one that is going to go on your calendar, needs a name. Your project needs a good name, even more so when you’re pulling in bunches of people to work together, don’t name your project “Project Floosy WhatsitsTo Confirm and Configure the ABC Convector”, that’s boring. Name your projects after military operations. Go online and Google “military operation name generator.” There are a lot of them, and it’s really fun. The good ones will take you through a few questions. For example, is this a land, sea, or air operation? Then it gives you a randomly generated military name. Isn’t it much more fun to have Operation Red Phoenix or Project Silver Sword on a calendar rather than “let’s configure the ABC convector”? Name your projects after military operations to have a little bit more fun at work.
Second thing is to compliment at least one person every day on a specific aspect of their work. Compliment one person with whom you work every day on something that they’ve done. Something they do regularly or did one time. Find something nice to say about a person’s work. Here’s what that does. It’s twofold. Number one, it forces you to look for the good things in your colleagues, and in your work environment. It also makes other people feel really good. When you say thanks to someone there’s an acronym that I recommend using: BET– Behavior Effect Thanks.
When you’re thanking someone or complimenting the good things that they’ve done:
- Tell them what behavior was so great
- The positive effect of that behavior on someone else, the workplace, or the project
- Say thanks
Instead of just saying thanks, tell them what behavior was good and the effect it had. So, compliment or thank one person at work every single day. It helps you and makes everyone feel amazing.
Have fun at work by, first, naming your project after military operations, and, second, complimenting or thanking one person every day.
The third thing is to have fun at work by doing things like having a dry erase board hung up somewhere central where you can write funny or clever things that people say. Every time you look at them they become inside jokes. You’re creating your own culture of camaraderie witha quote board. It’s for funny things people say. It is for nice quotes though, not to say bad things about the powers-that-be or whatnot, but a quote board is a really fun way to build a team. You can be in a meeting and say “Yeah. That’s going on the quote board,” and it lightens the entire meeting. Think about using a quote board to build team camaraderie.
Having fun at work does not mean you’re unprofessional. Do things appropriately, read your environment, and have some fun, because it will improve your productivity and that of other people.
This is Dr. Melissa Gratias with Productivity Psychologist, LLC. You can get these and many other tips on my website melissagratias.com. There are lots of productivity tips, and a contact form you can fill out if you’d like to have a no-cost-to-you conversation with me about what it would look like to receive coaching from me on your productivity and effectiveness at work. Again, this is Dr. Melissa Gratias. Have a wonderful and productive day!
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Dr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.