I wrote in an email to a colleague today that the work we had just completed had been fun. I meant it, yet as i wrote the words i felt a jarring semi-cringe that this isn’t the sort of word i should use when communicating about er grown up stuff, like, you know, strategy and transformation and other grown up words.
But i ignored the semi-cringe of dissonant colloquialism and sent the email anyway. However, it did make me think.
We spend 90,000 hours at work. Why is our work not more fun? Why did i feel for a split-second that the use of the word may not be appropriate.
For me, if myself and the people i work with have found the work we are doing fun, then surely there can be no greater plaudit. The Business of Fun for me is about thinking the following things at the end of a project:
- I have enjoyed working with the team
- its been hard work
- We worked on something that we thought was worthwhile
- We had some challenges but overcame them
- We feel like we’ve learnt something
- We’ve been really engaged in the work
- We feel please with what i’ve produced
None of the above is frivolous, all the bullet points above are aspects of doing good work!
So Fun = Good work.
My aim is to continue having fun at work and to make sure those that i work with have fun to. because i know if its fun then its good work.
The next question is, how can you put in place an environment to increase the ratio of Fun:Not fun work? I’ll probably explore this in future posts.