Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work

  • 3h 32m
  • Leslie Yerkes
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2001

Leading-edge organizations have discovered that fun, both as a value in the corporate culture and as a set of behaviors in daily practice, can translate into bottom line success. By harnessing the power of fun, companies find they can better retain employees and customers, motivate teams, improve productivity, increase innovation, and create a sense of community.

Leslie Yerkes details precisely how eleven successful companies—including Southwest Airlines, Pike Place Fish, Isle of Capri Casinos, Employease, and Prudential—have integrated fun into improved results across the board. Drawing on these success stories, Yerkes illustrates the eleven principles of what she calls the “Fun/Work Fusion.” From capitalizing on the spontaneous to hiring good people and getting out of their way, these principles will inspire you to inject a sense of playfulness and joy into your workday.

Disposing of the Myth that fun and work are mutually exclusive, Fun Works will motivate you to unleash the power of fun in your workplace. Yerkes shares real-life examples, strategies, ideas, resources, tools, tips and techniques that will help any company in any industry become a place where people love to work.

About the Author

Leslie Yerkes is President of Catalyst Consulting Group, an organizational development/change management consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio. A juggler with a history of bringing fun to the work she does, Yerkes devotes her practice to meeting the needs of Fortune 500 companies, start-up organizations and non-profit groups. She is the coauthor of the bestselling 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work.

In this Book

  • Give Permission to Perform
  • Challenge Your Bias
  • Capitalize on the Spontaneous
  • Trust the Process
  • Value a Diversity of Fun Styles
  • Expand the Boundaries
  • Be Authentic
  • Be Choiceful
  • Hire Good People and Get Out of Their Way
  • Embrace Expansive Thinking and Risk Taking
  • Celebrate
  • Conclusion—Opening Our Minds and Letting Fun Happen
  • The Fun/Work Fusion Inventory
  • Other Voices Stories of Fun at Work
  • Resources for Fun Things to Do and Read
  • Fun/Work Fusiontm Resources