Consider the amount of time, effort, learning, and practice someone who plays golf, tennis, rides horses or plays ‘World of Warcraft’ devotes to any one of those activities in an effort to be proficient. Is it possible to take the same dynamics of recreation and bring them to the workplace?
This is one of the topics author, speaker and management expert Jurgen Appelo discusses with Ryn Melberg on the latest edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg. The podcast can be heard on Sound Cloud, iTunes, or on the web site, www.rynmelberg.com.
Do Fun and Work Go Together?
Noting that the idea of games and fun at work seemed counter-intuitive, Ryn made the following point. The role of managers is different now than simply assigning tasks to be accomplished. And as Ryn has stressed many times knowledge workers cannot be led the way traditional business was and still is run. A more enlightened and inspiring workplace is one that takes the things that cause people to ‘work’ so hard at games and bring those to the workplace. When people have fun at work it is more likely they will do a better job and feel more loyalty to the employer. Turning to studies from social science, more research demonstrates that when leaders lighten up and allow levity in the office there is less turnover, and healthier bottom line.
One of the reasons people do not like to change is because it is not any fun. Imagine if change management were the equal of playing golf with a new set of clubs, or advancing to the next level of Pokemon? How different would the attitudes of managers and employees alike be in an atmosphere like this? A quick Internet search shows that there are ample exercises for change leaders who want to interject humor into change management exercises.
About Ryn Melberg
Ryn is the host of the popular “Guardian” podcast. It is the only podcast of its kind devoted to the concepts of Agile, Scrum, SAFe, and corporate accountability. Ryn has served as COO, strategic advisor and CTO, helping organizations change their business model to support growth, respond to changing market conditions, and crisis management. Worked for global leaders including but not limited to American Express, JPMorganChase, and Credit Suisse. She combines her financial acumen, operations experience and people/culture leadership skills to operationalize strategic imperatives, often complex and cross functional. Expertise in mergers and acquisitions and successful integration. Change leader with experience identifying cultural obstacles and perception of threatened interests at time of change.