“The key to business success is a happy and healthy workforce who are prepared to be innovative and think differently. You’re going to get happier, healthier, more innovative workflows if you encourage people to enjoy themselves.” – Alastair Campbell
It is no surprise that successful people want to work in a place that values fun. Top talent often have the pick of the lot when it comes to finding a workplace that suits their needs. If you are looking to attract top talent to your business, and away from your competitors, you need to provide a work environment that puts fun at the forefront. When workers find joy in the workplace, they are far more likely to put in the extra effort when it matters most.
Finding Joy in Work
“The jobs I enjoyed the most are the ones I had the most fun in, not just because I was messing about, often the work can be very hard and very serious. The idea that somebody making a joke is a waste of time because ‘We’ve got to get on with this’ is not true. When things are getting too serious, humour can get you out of all those situations.” – Michael Fenton Stevens
We have all heard the phrase, “Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Top performers are looking for an environment that brings them joy. Great employees want a workplace that values their performance without inundating them with additional stress. When we create fun workplaces that are filled with laughter, high performers can thrive. When employees enjoy coming to work every day they are far less likely to look for employment elsewhere. When you retain high performers for years, you can ensure success in the long run.
Freedom to Perform
“The jobs I enjoyed the most are the ones I had the most fun in, not just because I was messing about, often the work can be very hard and very serious. The idea that somebody making a joke is a waste of time because ‘We’ve got to get on with this’ is not true. When things are getting too serious, humour can get you out of all those situations.” – Paul Boross Humourology
A workplace that puts a value on humour is often more accepting of high performers that want to try new things and innovate. When a high-performing employee takes a risk, they have the potential to innovate the entire sector. They also have the potential to fail massively. A workplace that puts people first allows high performers to be creative and try new things without the fear of failure. If innovations don’t work, a great workplace can inspire workers to laugh it off and try again.
A Life Full of Fulfillment and Fun
When top talent feels valued in the workplace, they are far more likely to buy in to the business for the long term. In addition to a feeling of fulfillment for a job well done, they will feel valued as a person. Humour has a way of bringing humans together and the connections created from shared laughter in the workplace can help retain top talent for their entire career. When your top talent has fun at work, they will help build a culture that will continue to attract more high performers. Humour can help start the cycle of a great workplace culture that continues to feed itself with top talent.
If you are looking for more ways to bring in the best to your business, tune in to the Humourology Podcast to hear how industry leaders use humour to build their businesses better.
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