It only takes a minute to add a little fun to something – whether it’s a meeting or even an email to a customer. “People rarely succeed unless they are having fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie

Create dress up days - have fun at work
Create dress up days – have fun at work

Often at work we get so serious we forget a little fun can go a long way. A work culture of all work and no play can leave people feeling empty at the end of the day and contribute to turnover. If you want to get your teams or even your entire company really engaged in the business then create a little fun at work. I’m not talking about playing bongo or something on Facebook, rather just have an ethic of including a little fun in whatever one is doing. This just means taking a minute or two and asking yourself “what can I do to include a little fun?”

Like any work environment it can take some time to catch on and sometimes someone might go too far, but ultimately this will increase productivity and employee retention. As people see others including a little fun, like all good things, it will spread. Often, even business partners and customers will join in the fun as well.

Here are a few examples of including fun at work from various departments.

7 Ways to Make Work Fun

Here are a few examples of including fun at work from various departments.

  1. Marketing Fun:  Have a little fun with marketing.  Add some humor to your marketing effort.  Whether it’s including some fun on your business card to even a banner on your website, customers enjoy the spirit of being fun and so does your staff.
  2. Dress Up Days: At RealTruck, both of our locations have a variety of dress up days from “Don Johnson Day” to “Hat Day.”  Create a few dress up days that are unique to your organization and award prizes for best costume, most original, and so forth.
  3. Rock Star Welcomes:  The business development and customer service departments teamed up to create rock star welcomes.  When a business partner comes to visit, we make it memorable with a bubble machine, cheering, confetti, and even a little gift bag.
  4. Kick Start Meetings with Fun:  Rather than have boring meetings, start each meeting with a little fun.  It doesn’t have to be super grand, just a little fun.  We include anything from a little trivia that is personal about the attendees to having each person share something fun they did in the past week.  You could do two truths and a lie or even some corporate trivia.  It only takes a minute or two with some advanced preparation to liven up any meeting.
  5. Email Fun:  When the opportunity presents itself or you decide to just create it, add a little fun to your email correspondence.  A simple way to improve all your emails is just to add a little fun to your signature.  RealTruck’s President’s standard email reply signature generally includes a funny quote that he changes from time to time.
  6. Fun Trains:  Get a group of people together and create a fun train that walks through the office doing something fun.  You could sing a fun song together or even just quietly hand out treats to people.  Again, you can be creative with this, taking your office environment into account and find unique ways to get several people having fun together.  Share it with others in the whole office or just within a department.
  7. Zany Awards:  Create fun awards that are given out monthly or quarterly for various actions that encompasses some fun.  A few of the awards we have include the “You didn’t miss me because I wasn’t gone,” the “Happiness Delivered,” and the “This Ain’t Peggy” award for attendance.  Creating happiness with a customer and most compliments received are some other great ideas.

Adding fun at the office or shop is pretty easy, it just requires a little creativity and a desire to do so.  The reward is the enjoyment of working where fun is not just once a year at the annual employee party, but rather something that happens every day.


Here are some additional videos with more ways to create some fun at work.

7 Ways to Make Work Fun