Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fun or No Fun?

Helloo0O Ladies and Gentlemen!

Welcome back to Graceland Ontario, your one stop location for success advice. Today, we’re going to be talking about fun and how it applies on the job site.

I just finished What they Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack, the founder of IMG (International Management Group), the largest independent producer and distributor of televised sports media. If you get a chance to purchase the book, it’s money well spent.


But there was a disagreement I had with the book: McCormack says that in his offices, he didn’t allow talking or making friends − works for work, he says.

On the other hand, Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin, a multibillion dollar corporation, used to have end of week parties all the time at his house before the company grew too big to contain his employees anymore (and even now he holds events for managers and recognized employees).

So, fun or no fun? It seems to be a personal decision. When people work, they do need to get work done − fun or not. But to me, letting people have fun, therefore enjoying their job more, will keep those people’s loyalty even if the company has financial trouble. They won't want their job to end (they were having a good time after all) so they're more likely to deal with windy weather with a smile on their face than the person who hates coming to work.

Sure a job is serious… but no one ever said that seriousness was an excuse for making your employees’s life a tragedy. As long as your people are producing and your business is making a profit, why not have an end-of-week party at the boss’s house? You see each other everyday, you might as well enjoy your time together.

See you next week!

Alex H.


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