Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 21, 2007 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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Leading-edge organizations have discovered that fun can--and does--translate into bottom line success. By harnessing the power of fun, companies find they can better retain employees and customers, motivate teams, improve productivity, increase innovation, and create a sense of community. Leslie Yerkes details precisely how eleven successful companies--including Southwest Airlines, Pike Place Fish, Isle of Capri Casinos, EmployEase, and Prudential--have integrated fun into the normal course of business. This new edition provides updates on how these same companies have grown, prospered, and continued to thrive--in spite of national tragedies, natural disaster, growing competition, and changing economic conditions--in part because of the culture they have created through what Yerkes calls "The Fun/Work Fusion." Yerkes illustrates eleven principles--from capitalizing on the spontaneous to hiring good people and getting out of their way--that will inspire you to inject a sense of playfulness and joy into your workplace. Full of real-life examples, strategies, ideas, resources, tools, tips, and techniques, Fun Works will help any company in any industry become a place where people love to work.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
PREFACE
PART ONECreating the FunWork Fusion
INTRODUCTIONThe Case for Integrating Fun and Work
PART TWOThe FunWork Fusion Principles
PRINCIPLE ONEGive Permission to Perform
PRINCIPLE TWOChallenge Your Bias
PRINCIPLE THREECapitalize on the Spontaneous
The FunWork Fusion Inventory
PRINCIPLE ONEGive Permission to Perform
PRINCIPLE THREECapitalize on the Spontaneous
PRINCIPLE FOURTrust the Process
PRINCIPLE FIVEValue a Diversity of Fun Styles
PRINCIPLE SIXExpand the Boundaries
PRINCIPLE SEVENBe Authentic
PRINCIPLE NINEHire Good People and Get Out of their Way

PRINCIPLE FOURTrust the Process
PRINCIPLE FIVEValue a Diversity of Fun Styles
PRINCIPLE SIX Expand the Boundaries
PRINCIPLE SEVENBe Authentic
PRINCIPLE EIGHTBe Choiceful
PRINCIPLE NINEHire Good People and Get Out of Their Way
PRINCIPLE TENEmbrace Expansive Thinking and Risk Taking
11PRINCIPLE ELEVENCelebrate
PART THREEActivating the FunWork Fusion
CONCLUSIONOpening Our Minds and Letting Fun Happen
Putting Fun to the Test
PRINCIPLE TENEmbrace Expansive Thinking and Risk Taking
PRINCIPLE ELEVENCelebrate
FUNWORK FUSIONInventory Scoring
OTHER VOICESStories of Fun at Work
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
FUNWORK FUSION RESOURCES
LESLIE A YERKES
ABOUT BERRETTKOEHLER PUBLISHERS
BE CONNECTED
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