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Shemarq's avatar

When you are at work, is it ok to have fun sometimes?

Asked by Shemarq (1494 points ) December 23rd, 2009

I am a firm believer (as a supervisor and manager myself), that employees work better and are more productive if they are allowed to have some fun as well. Sometimes if everyone is getting really stressed out, I’ll do something that will give everyone a break.

If I would have thought of it, I would have done something like this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWhUeAy35qc

How do you feel about this? Do you think that when you are at work, no goofing around should be tolerated or being done in moderation is ok?

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JustPlainBarb's avatar

I think it’s great to be able to kick back sometimes and have some fun with co-workers at work. It’s a good way to blow off some steam, get to know each other better and it could even help building stronger “team” relationships. I’ve always found that it’s easier to work with people when you know their “personal” side and not be all business all the time.

Tveg's avatar

It’s not only ok, it’s great for morale! I’ve had so many laughs while in the cockpit!

smashbox's avatar

I would love it, that is way too cool. What a great workplace!

I personally, wouldn’t work at a place, where there, was no goofing around, unless of course it was a nuclear plant.

Shemarq's avatar

@JustPlainBarb You are absolutely right. If people feel comfortable around each other, they work better together.

@Tveg I agree with you. It is great for morale. When you spend so many hours with the same people or environment, all work and no play is depressing!

@smashbox Its funny you said that about the nuclear plant. My dad was a nuclear engineer and he told me about things they would do. Nothing of course that would put anyone in any danger though.

CMaz's avatar

Sometimes? It would be nice to get some work done around here.

smashbox's avatar

@Shemarg, as long as they don’t act like Homer Simpson, I guess the world will be okay, if they play around a little, in the nuclear plants. lol

stratman37's avatar

Thank God, yes.

jamielynn2328's avatar

Sometimes it feels like humor is all we’ve got at the office. Our boss doesn’t mind if we are laughing and joking around as long as the work is done on time. And of course, it always is. No one calls in sick. Everyone is happy. I love my job.

downtide's avatar

I think fun at work is a necessity. A work-place with no fun has demoralised staff, and demoralised staff are less productive. I worked for years in sales and there were games and contests going on in the department all the time.

lfino's avatar

We all get our work done, but we still manage to have a lot of fun in and around work. Today I didn’t expect to get much done, and as the two of us in our department were sitting, and not doing anything but eating cheese popcorn, my boss called me into this one room where I keep a lot of what I’m working on right now. I thought, “oh crap, I have to work”. He actually had a projector set up and he had Elf Bowl projected on the wall and the three of us competed in Elf Bowl. We spent the next hour and a half playing that game. Elf Bowl, for any of you that don’t know what that is, is a computer bowling game with elves that moon you, their heads fall off and bleed, they tell you that you suck, etc.

stratman37's avatar

We used to scare each other at the place I worked a while back – great fun!

deni's avatar

absolutely. with my job (granted i am not a professional or anything) if i can’t have any fun, i don’t want to be there. in turn, i don’t work as well, i’m less pleasant to customers, i’m less pleasant to my coworkers, i’m lazier, etc. if i’m having fun i don’t mind getting my work done because i’m in a good mood and why not. just today i was skipping through the store because everyone was in a jolly mood and i was dancing and all i wanted to do was help people figure out which camera was right for them :’)

CMaz's avatar

Sounds like someone got laid. ;-)

deni's avatar

@ChazMaz HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA i love you!

CMaz's avatar

I am right aren’t I?

Don’t answer that. :-)

deni's avatar

@ChazMaz As always. you can put 2 and 2 together like no one i ever did see before :p

CMaz's avatar

And you didn’t get strep throat! Yea!

john65pennington's avatar

Sure it is, even cops have fun times. for years we have played the game of who has the hot dog? it began years ago, when a stuffed hot dog and bun fell off a city bus.it was a toy, like a stuffed animal. not knowing the owner, we just picked it up and began our game. the object is not to be the officer that finds the hot dog in the back seat of his patrol car. at the end of thirty days, the officer with the hot dog left in his back seat, had to buy coffee and donuts for the entire shift he was working. that hot dog was passed through many police cars. especially, toward the end of the month. this was just a game we played that helped with the stress of the job. we had fun and it hurt absolutely no one.

downtide's avatar

@john65pennington I’m glad it was a toy hot dog, not a real one. It would have got a bit messy after being passed round like that. :-x

SABOTEUR's avatar

I don’t know how “ok” it is, but I have fun at work whenever I can.

Sing silly songs, dance a jig, tease my co-workers and supervisors, wrestle imaginary demons.

I don’t care. I’m the best at what I do, though…no one can challenge my expertise, so they’ve learned to tolerate (or choose to overlook) my “peculiarities”.

If there were moderators at work, though, it would be a different story.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It may be all right for some people, but I’m just there to earn a living and have no desire to socialize or waste my employers paid time. If others want to act that way and their supervisors have no problem with it, fine. As long as those who choose to work rather than fool around are not discriminated against.

stratman37's avatar

dickpunches all around!

lfino's avatar

I hope to never be at a job just to earn a living. I see ‘having fun’ as a mental health break. I work at a non-profit, and there are times when I feel like I haven’t looked up in days from my computer, and go home and still continue working into the night. It’s just part of what my job entails, although it’s not like that every day, just during a certain part of the year. If I finally get to a point where I’m not exactly working, I feel like I’ve deserved it. My boss knows he can count on every one of us in our department to do our job and do it well, and he’s never said a word about any of us screwing around. Having fun is something I feel is necessary any time you can find it or create it!

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