Delaware's Fun Department shows that entertainment in the workplace is good for business.
Look out: The Fun Department is coming. Is that a good thing?
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Nor might they want to stack plastic cups. That’s why the Fun Department offers a variety of activities, and attempts to reach diverse populations. Trivia might be fun for one while it reduces another to tears. Watching a co-worker get ambushed can be joyous, unless you’re the schmuck getting ambushed.
“We stay sensitive to these issues,” says Doughty. “Everybody can have the shared experience.”
Should the Fun Department be considered a viable tool for corporate training and morale building? Some clients think so. The good manager will know her employees and determine if such jocularity would be welcomed.
Funsters insist that levity can be productive, and their track record seems to back up that philosophy. Staffers say the scheduled merriment is inspiring happier, healthier, more productive work environments. That, they add, boosts bottom lines and supports corporate culture. And all this for less than the cost of a monthly distribution of donuts.
The caloric intake is less. And the fun stuff is great, for most. Others still prefer a nice cruller.