When I start to build a new team, one of the earliest tasks is to list our team objectives. Before any other suggestions make it on to the list, I write down number one:
1. To have fun
Over the years, I have been challenged by some senior executives on this. They seem to think that I cannot be taking the business seriously. On the contrary, I am VERY serious. If we are having fun in our work, we deliver better, with better quality. Our customers appreciate this, and we will gain more business. If we were miserable, we would deliver badly, or, at best, in a mediocre way. This would not be good for future business.
So, take it to the work place and have fun!
When people said, “I enjoy my work,” I usually do a double-take on them. I want to see if they are saying it as if they meant it or were just being politically correct.
If indeed truly meant it, these people are the lucky few. According to the Gallup poll, reported by the Washington Post, only 13% people fall into that category worldwide.
In fact, the article went to say that majority of the folks surveyed (63%) are not motivated about their work and 24% are truly unhappy and unproductive. That is a pretty convincing 87% if you ask me.
What is wrong with that picture? Here are a few of my thoughts:
- unhappy work creates unproductive people
- root causes in education, recruitment, or both
- wastes and inefficiencies equate lost of profit
- definitely rooms for improvements
What do you think?