I have !! Man, the past few weeks have been full of FUN !! And, I work in HR !! How cool is that?
We had our Christmas Party for our store Managers at Star Lanes at Newport on the Levee. There was bowling, eating and billiards surrounded by tons of laughter and stories. It was very casual and loads of fun !!
I also had the privilege of speaking at the chapter meeting of the Greater Cincinnati HR Association (GCHRA) and the event sold out !! Yikes !! The presentation was on Leadership through HR, and I had a blast. Lots of laughter, stories and food !!
Then, this weekend I went to the National Museum of the US Air Force on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base with my Boy Scout Troop. We went through the miles of planes and years of history on a scavenger hunt, took in an IMAX movie and even got to tour through past Air Force One planes. The boys (and certain adults) let their imaginations run wild and pretend we were fighter pilots. We all picked our favorite planes that we just HAD to have !! Again, more laughing, fun and memories.
The ironic thing during all of these activities . . . no one got hurt. No one was upset. No one was negative.
It made me start to reflect about what we do in HR. Is it fun? Do we allow people to play? Or, are our processes more important than people?
Why is this? Is someone playing at work, or having fun that threatening? I’ve said this before. Do you know what happens to kids when they grow up? They become our employees !!
This week start a new practice before people make silly New Year’s Resolutions that they will strive to break vs. keep.
Have fun at work !! Quit looking for others to engage you. Be engaged first yourself !! Fun is different for all of us, but look around at your company’s culture and see if it fosters creativity or compliance – innovation or conformity.
I plan to play more and more and pull others along with me. Let’s see who’s more productive in the end !!