Did you know that January 28th is National Fun at Work Day?
This may not be the most commonly known holiday, but it can be a great reminder to consider the culture at your workplace and the benefits of ensuring that employees are enjoying (at least part) of their work day.
HR experts like author Bob Nelson (1001 Ways to Motivate Employees) and columnist Steve Strauss, both have a myriad of reasons why employers should incorporate some fun into each work day, including:
Concerns employers may have
Many find it counterintuitive to incorporate fun into the workday as a way to increase productivity. In fact, they worry it will drastically reduce outputs. Some other top worries include:
Tips for HR managers and employers
Clear Path HR consultant Kelly Auld highlights some things employers should consider:
Some additional tips:
How we have fun at Clear Path
We believe in incorporating fun into our workplace so much that we included "Having Fun" as one of our nine corporate values (see our full list here). Here are the describing statements regarding this value:
Putting this value into practice, we enjoy several special events throughout the year, including a Tubing Night, a team lunch each month with a different theme (Oktoberfest, Winter, Summer BBQ), participating in charity events like the Terry Fox Run, and celebrating birthdays and successes at our monthly team meeting.
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This blog post is part of an ongoing series where we feature one of Clear Path's incredible team members and help you get to know them a bit better.
The January spotlight is on HR Consultant Jennifer Ferron
Fun fact about you? My musical taste is eclectic. I've been to concerts for everyone from Anne Murray to The Good Lovelies to Green Day to Hedley to Reba McEntire to The Dixie Chicks to Bon Jovi to Pink to Roger Waters from Pink Floyd and many more.
Hometown? Sudbury, ON (a.k.a. "Home of the Big Nickel")
Where did you go to school? Laurentian University
Dog person or cat person? Both
Favourite movies? Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, Ghost, The Help, Anne of Green Gables
TV shows you never want to miss? The Good Wife, Parenthood, Bones, Biggest Loser, Hell's Kitchen
Books you are reading right now? The Heist (Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg) and Unleashing Team Potential: Lessons for Managers from My Canine Friends (Sylvia Plester-Silk).
Who are your favorite writers? My best childhood friend, who writes the most beautiful letters, in a time where the art of letter writing has been all but lost! In terms of authors: I'm a murder mystery series junkie - Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton.
Who is your favourite fictional hero? Anne Shirley
Oddest question you were ever asked as an HR professional? At times, I've been asked for advice for which I've truly had no words... I once had a manager tell me that they weren't sure what to do about the fact that used condoms had been found in the office septic system during a routine cleaning (for a system that was solely dedicated to our office).
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Good food, good company, good weather!
Which living or deceased person do you most admire? My grandparents - all four immigrated from either Europe or the East Coast of Canada at a very young age, learned the language, forged a life and raised a family under circumstances that current generations could hardly imagine. I have nothing but respect and admiration for them.
What is your greatest extravagance? A lazy day of marathon TV watching or a getaway vacation!
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Silence. In the words of Sara Bareilles, "Say what you wanna say!"
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to eradicate mental illness.
What would you pick for your last meal? Anything cooked by my family!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Long-lasting, meaningful relationships with family and friends, despite many years and miles between us.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A dog or a cat, for certain! Eat, sleep and play all day - those buggers live a charmed life!
Where would you most like to live? Closer to family & friends.
What is your personal motto? Be yourself - life is too short to be anybody else!
Your favourite saying? Common sense is not common!
You can learn more about Jennifer on her Clear Path bio page.
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