Teams and a Fun Working Climate: How leaders can make it happen

Prof. David Allen, Warwick Business School, looks into the benefits of fun in a working environment, how to create the right factors that lead to it, and how to ensure that fun doesn’t prevent a drop in performance and professionalism.

In the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that aspects of human nature such as relationships were important motivating factors for employees and their managers.

Companies and organisations have now grown to acknowledge that people have similar needs and emotions at work as in their non-working lives. Consequently, the notion of enjoyment in a corporate setting has become more acceptable.

A healthy team with low a low staff turnover rate creates a good basis for a positive working atmosphere. Fun in the workplace too can foster more positive attitudes, help teams become more cohesive, and help people deal with or recover from stressful work experiences while also developing stronger relationships.

How managers and leaders can encourage a fun atmosphere at work

Professor David Allen, Warwick Business School, looks into the benefits of fun in a working environment, how to create the right factors that lead to it, and how to ensure that fun doesn’t prevent a drop in performance and professionalism.

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How managers and leaders can encourage a fun atmosphere at work
Prof. David Allen, Warwick Business School, looks into the benefits of fun in a working environment, how to create the right factors that lead to it, and how to ensure that fun doesn’t prevent a drop in performance and professionalism.

How leaders can create fun in the workplace.Download the Research Pod

How leaders can create fun in the workplace: The latest in an ongoing series of Council on Business & Society Research Pods – condensed learning capsules inspired from internationally published research in the fields of CSR, management & leadership, HR, sustainable finance & reporting, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices.
Learning Objective: Understand the benefits of encouraging a fun atmosphere in the workplace, and implement ways to achieve this while ensuring that team performance is not negatively impacted.    

Related research: Michel, J. W., Tews, M. J. and Allen, D. G. (2019) “Fun in the workplace : a review and expanded theoretical perspective“, Human Resource Management Review, 29, 1, 98-110. Tews, M. J., Michel, J. W. and Allen, D. G. (2014) “Fun and friends : the impact of workplace fun and constituent attachment on turnover in a hospitality context“, Human Relations, 67, 8, 923-946.

Prof. David Allen, Warwick Business School

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