301 Ways to Have Fun at Work
NON FICTION BOOK REVIEW
Title:301 Ways to Have Fun at Work;
by: Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerks; Berrett-Koehler
Publishers Inc.; ISBN: 1-57675-019-1; paperback,
250 pages, US$14.95, CAN$21.95
Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Reading this book could just turn out to be the second
best fun you'll have between the covers."
Are You Having Fun Yet?
Now come on folks, work is not supposed to be fun, is it? Well, nobody told the
authors, or Berrett-Koehler, the publishers.
Also left in the dark were those of us who have discovered that fun at work lowers
tension and raises productivity.
The secret is out-of-the-bag in this 250-page manual for business funatics. The
detailed index also catalogs the represented companies and their methods.
Refer back and the authors anecdotally describe the proposition, in practice.
Fun at work is not limited to the small-business, work-from-home crowd. Farsighted
major corporations apply this principle as an integral part of the workplace, and
an important ingredient in employee relations.
Enlightened corporations have discovered that an environment which incorporates
light-hearted breaks in the routine fosters a very special collegiality that cannot
be attained in any other way. The result is reduced turnover and increased output.
This "keep it loose" principle is used by businesses ranging from Disney and
the Cleveland Indians to the international business consulting firm, Arthur Andersen
Applied zaniness has a solid psychological grounding which the authors examine
in detail. They define the boundaries beyond which the practice becomes
Hemsath and Yerks collate the application of the fun philosophy into pragmatic
free-standing sectors of the book. This enables the reader to leap between sections
that provide the "how-to" of applying fun in the Work Environment, Communication,
Training, Meetings, Recognition, and Team Building.
Each sector is supported by the philosophy, methodology, and tools required
to be effective. Anecdotes of actual applications illustrate the principles in action
Berrett-Koehler have a well-earned reputation for publishing innovative work in the
category of business, non-fiction. This book is a product of their underlying philosophy.
Dave Hemsath and Leslie Yerks are experienced in the use of fun at work. They
represent a growing number of authors and consultants who are responding to the
demand for new and more effective work practices.
It will become clear to the reader that the authors applied their philosophy
wholeheartedly in the writing of this most informative volume. They enjoyed
themselves, and you will too.
Reading this book could just turn out to be the second best fun you'll have
between the covers.
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