Updated: Mar 8
Fun… at work? Are you sure?
When was the last time you had fun at work?
When I first wrote this blog back in 2018 I had been delivering some self-development programmes for women as a 'Springboard trainer' These days I am delivering my own programmes online for both men and women who want to work on their self-development.
The 'Thrive' content is different and the participants may be different however the principle is the same. Helping people to be the best version of themselves both personally and professionally.
One of the key discussions I have with people that I work with is around stress, how to stay as stress-free as possible and the best possible ways to manage stress. I help them to find a balance that works for them between work and their home life, one that supports their mental, physical and emotional health.
We all live busy lives, organisations are asking for us to deliver and produce more, with less resource and budget, personal lives are another ball to juggle and it can all become very overwhelming.
It is important to keep that stress bucket empty and fun and laughter can have a big impact.
There is a lot of research that supports that fun at work reduces stress but can also increase morale and productivity.
It is important to have a good relationship with colleagues and balancing out a stressful job or workload with office banter can really help with this.
If you need some suggestions for today then google office dares! I will let you determine which ones are appropriate for your office and the people that you work with!
On a more serious note, for many people, their work is one of the main contributors to their stress levels. We spend a lot of time at work so if the work is not in alignment with our values and the type of work does not fulfil our needs then it can all contribute to the stress that is filling the bucket.
Having fun at work seems impossible.
They wake up in the morning dreading going into work.
They have withdrawn themselves from office conversations and social activities.
The work itself is no longer fulfilling or challenging.
They feel stuck not knowing what they want
Is this you?
Is it time for a change?
If this sounds like you and you feel like you need to pause and reflect on what is working/not working then the 'Challenge to Change your Career' activity sheet may be helpful to you in working out what it is you may want instead.
If you aren’t sure what you want to do and want to be able to untangle the thoughts and get a clear plan of how to move forward then book a free, no-obligation clarity call.
First published Jan 2019
Revised and published Jan 2020