Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.
- Randy Pausch
In our connected world with constant emails and social media, it is easy to never truly break away from work. Given that, you better have fun along the way. Or what’s the point of all this work?
Having fun is not only good for your health, but it makes your team’s discretionary effort rise. The catch to having fun is…as a leader, you can’t force it.
This week’s tip is to give your team a set budget to plan something fun together.
Don’t put tons of criteria around it. It could be a happy hour, a lunch, a secret costume for team members to wear… whatever makes the team tick. It is a mistake to choose the events and outings for the team members.
Let them own it. And go along for the ride.