Most of us spend more than 1/3 of our life at work. Knowing that we are spending that much time at work, doesn’t it make sense that it should be fun? In a recent article “Six Reasons Why Fun In the Office is the Future of Work”, a study showed that if associates had fun at work, it benefits the business and associates in the following ways:
- Happy Associates are healthier
- Having fun improves communication and collaboration
- Fun breeds creativity
- Promoting fun attracts an audience
- Having fun improves productivity
- Having fun encourages advocacy
Having fun at work also creates opportunities to build strong relationships with great people. Someone who exemplifies having fun at work and building strong relationships is Don Short. As many of you know, I am a proud parent of an Ohio State graduate, and my daughter Lauren is now in Veterinarian School there. I enjoy watching and rooting for the Buckeye football team. As Don and I worked together, we learned that we differed in college football loyalty. He likes that Team Up North. We talked our smack and eventually wagered that whoever’s team won, the other would wear that team’s apparel all day. Well, Ohio State won, and I still have the picture of Don in Buckeye gear, being a good sport and making the most of that day. It even made the conference call. Good times!
Dale Carnegie said, “People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing.” I have been at Famous now for almost 25 years. I have been challenged, encouraged and supported by many people. The company has set and achieved many goals in my time here. I have been the empowered to help achieve them, allowing me to make a difference. To me, that has been the ultimate fun. It has been a remarkable adventure so far. The Famous culture creates an environment that allows us to be successful and have fun along the way.
Love what you do, and you will never work a day in your life. Have fun.
District Sales Manager/Central District