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Fun REALLY Works!

This week, I read a small article in Business Week. The article described a project where they created a "musical" staircase (and painted it to look like a piano keyboard). The idea was to get people to climb the stairs instead of riding on the escalator. It was a HUGE success! Here is the clip on the piano staircase.

Piano Stairs

I then visited the website ( And there are even more examples of fun. I particularly like the bottomless garbage bin.

Bottomless garbage can

For years, we have seen that fun makes a difference. Our customers have seen this in the "Fish! Philosophy" videos as well as our new "Attitude" series with Sam Glenn.

Fun does make a difference and we’ve seen it at work. For example, we found it when we filmed at the company Life is good and at the HealthWorks Kids Museum (which is part of the Tom Peters Re-imagine series). We also found it when we filmed Herb Kelleher and the folks at Southwest Airlines.

So what does this mean for you and your work? I think the lesson is simple. People are motivated by fun anywhere: In the subway, walking in the park, recycling bottles, and even at work. Think about what you can do to make work more fun. How can you engage people? How can you stimulate them to do more by making the experience fun? I know it will make a difference (particularly when times are a little tough) and that you can think of fun things to add happiness to your workday!

Posted under Miscellaneous Thoughts, Training Ideas, HR and Training by Stewart on Oct 30, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Post a comment»

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