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Creating a Happy, Fun and Functional Workplace

By: Aaron-- 2009-10-12 2:10 am --

Drew Carey tells a joke about work that goes: "You hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called Everybody, and they meet at the bar."

Of course, not everybody really hates their job. In fact, if you're an entrepreneur or business owner, you might bound out of bed on a Monday morning thrilled to start another exciting work week.

But Clint Greenleaf, author of the By the Book blog at Inc.com, admonishes entrepreneurs to remember that their coworkers or employees may not share quite the same level of excitement and anticipation when the weekend comes to an end.

Greenleaf recommends Roxanne Emerich's book Thank God It's Monday!, which he says makes the argument that creating a fun workplace is closely linked with having a successful business.

In essence, Greenleaf and Emerich suggest that if you and your coworkers/employees enjoy being at work, you'll do a better job and therefore make your customers more satisfied.

Intuitively this makes a lot of sense. And remember that keeping your employees and coworkers satisfied and engaged will probably have the added benefit of increasing their loyalty to the company, reducing turnover and making it easier to retain your most valuable team members.

Do you think creating a happy, fun workplace is important for business success? What are some strategies you've used to get people excited and energerized about coming to work on Mondays? We'd love to hear your ideas in the Comments section below.