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: Motivating Employees
with Music and Humor in the Workplace
Employee Motivation in the Workplace
Employee motivation is an important issue. No matter what job you may have, the job may become somewhat boring at times. This may be true because most jobs involve doing the same kind of work every day, and after some time the job is no longer challenging. This could result in being less motivated. You might even be thinking about getting another job.
This may be a major problem for some managers in organizations. What can they do to increase job motivation? There are many possible solutions to this problem concerning motivation in the workplace. One possibility is to make the work environment more fun. In one survey with HR managers, 95% reported that a fun work environment would produce an increase in employee enthusiasm (Ford, McLauglin, & Newstrom, 2003).
How can work be made more fun? There are many ways to make work more fun. However, I suggest that it should be something that is challenging and can foster self-expression and laughing.
Open Mike Events
A unique idea is to have open mike events. These events may be very interesting, as well as challenging. They may foster self-expression and lead to laughing. At least once a week employees could get the chance to perform in an open mike event during a break or during lunchtime. There could be humor and music (including karaoke). These open mike events may make people feel relaxed and happy. They may form new friendships and look forward to going to work. Ford, Mclauglin, and Newstrom (2003) found that 91% of the HR managers in their survey reported that a fun work environment would increase friendships at work.
Ford, R. C., McLaughlin, F. S., & Newstrom, J. W. (2003).
Questions and answers about fun at work. Human Resource
Planning, 26, 18-33.