Fun at Work Speaker Adrian Gostick, in his book, The Levity Effect points to a recent study by William M. Mercer that found that 63 percent of company executives were either neutral on the topic of fun at work or had never thought about it.
Only 8 percent reported that they include fun as part of their values or mission statement, while 8 percent said that they actively discourage the use of fun in the workplace.
Is it true that people who have fun at work actually stay on the job longer, decreasing turnover? Do you really have to ask?
Where would you rather work? A deadbeat, hardnosed, overly serious organization or a fun, uplifting place where people bring their personality to work? Some argue they would rather be productive than messing around having fun.
Yet research shows that a 13 percent increase in morale can result in a 40 percent increase in productivity (from Fun at work speaker Adrian Gottsick's funny motivational speeches). Fun workplaces outrank other organizations on productivity across the board.
In September 2003, the Harvard Business Review reported that executives with a sense of humor get promoted more quickly and earn more money than their counterparts.
The research firm Ipsos surveyed 1,000 employees, and those who rated their manager's sense of humor "above average" said there was a 90 percent chance they'd stay at the job for more than a year.