December 2004 - Make it Lighter
Make it Lighter
There are plenty of ways to add "light" to your workplace in the form of fun and enjoyable events to balance the shortage of light from the sun at this time of year
When people enjoy their work, the time seems to fly by. That's why so many workplaces promote holiday parties - they make people feel good! People who feel good, work better and get along better with others.
Imagine getting up every day excited about what you face at work that day! Your own individual positive "light" helps keep the mood upbeat. Whatever you can do to help yourself feel good at work, helps everyone else.
As we head into December, may people find they can let their creativity show as they decorate their office with tinsel, shiny balls, glitter strings or other bright, shiny objects. These also help reflect the light and add a bit of sparkle that will tickle the fancy of those who come by.
Others wear brighter, livelier colors that have the same effect. Battery-powered low voltage light strings are often allowed in workplaces where adding electric lights may be a problem.
Individual homeowners and entire neighborhoods light up their homes for the holidays, which provide enjoyable scenery on the drive home from work on those dark evenings.
Some people find that practicing with the company singing group, church choir or local community group provide the extra uplift they seek at this time of year.
Many organizations choose to help others at this time of year. They may have auctions of holiday baskets with proceeds going to charity. The group effort of working together to achieve something worthwhile helps pass the time quickly, and the excitement of winning something pretty carries over in a positive way to other work throughout the day. Certainly the good feelings associated with helping others reminds us of how prosperous we are and provides another reason to be grateful.
If you are a boss, how about declaring a "silly day" when everyone can just relax and be silly? Radical? You bet! For those courageous enough to try it, you will reap major benefits by giving your employees the opportunity to relax and get to know you as a person instead of just "the boss."
Dennis Bakke, in his book Joy at Work, likes to ask the question, "What is the most important factor that makes a workplace rewarding satisfying, exciting — fun?" Typical answers include:
What would people at your workplace say makes it fun? Share the answers in your department or company newsletter. Encourage people to make suggestions for making it even more enjoyable this month.
At your staff meetings during the winter, how about dedicating 10 minutes to the subject of having more fun at work? Then, start implementing those suggestions. You may be surprised at how it changes the work dynamic in a positive way.
Wishing you a December of light and laughter!
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