Business can be stressful and overwhelming, but things don’t have to be this way. There are few ideas on how to make business more fun.
Fun is a vital ingredient of life, and it’s a critical part of business. Making work fun creates an environment where everyone performs at their best and more importantly, enjoys themselves.Designing a business that fulfils your goals and meaningful in a deeper sense takes real soul searching, but we’ve got many ideas to get you started.
Work fewer hours
If you want to get more done, the obvious way is to work more hours. But this doesn’t work very well. The best minds in our field are not the ones who try to squeeze the most out of every day, but who do their most important work when they feel inspired. And inspiration doesn’t come on command. Therefore, the best strategy if you want to get a lot done is to work as little as possible.
Make what you love
Are you passionate about what you do? Do you love your job? If so, that’s awesome. If your answer is no, it’s time to reevaluate why you are in the business. Is there a way to tweak the direction of your business so that it will be a better fit for you? Is there a different area of your business that excites you more? It may be time for some introspection to see if making this change will bring back that initial feeling of excitement and passion.
The vast majority of people are in jobs they hate. They’re not passionate about what they’re doing, and they don’t wake up every day excited to go to work. But these people don’t have to be miserable in their jobs – if they love what they do, the rest will come naturally. You’ll never find yourself bored at work, because you’ll always enjoy what you’re doing.
In order to succeed in business, you have to love what you do. If you are passionate about what you do, then it becomes easier for you to convince others about your idea or product. Having a loyal base of customers is essential for any business to survive. These customers are the ones who will support and help grow your business.
Measure what matters
In order to make business more fun, you have to measure what matters. For example, you may have a simple scoreboard that shows your company’s financial performance on the wall. But you can also have a second scoreboard that shows your performance in the areas that matter most to you and your business: customer delight, employee satisfaction, and growth. You should measure what matters so that employees understand what’s important.
It’s all too easy to get bogged down in the day to day of running a business. Always take a step back and look at the bigger picture. That way, you will not be easily get bogged down in the day to day running of your business. As a business owner, you’re probably most interested in your bottom line, but it’s not just about profit and loss.
You can measure many aspects of your business, so choose which ones are important to you. You could focus on customer satisfaction, or staff retention. Choose what matters most and make sure you have systems in place to measure these things regularly. Then you’ll be able to see how your business is doing and whether it’s heading in the right direction.
Hire only people you would be friends with
Business is too stressful to be done with people you don’t like.One way to make business more fun is to make sure that you surround yourself with friends. Hire people who you would want to hang out with. Be sure to only hire only people you would be friends with. The reason for this is that you will be spending a lot of time with your employees, so you should enjoy their company. You can also make the working environment more fun by lightening up some of your rules. For example, no one in the office needs to wear a suit and tie. This will increase the chances of everyone enjoying their work, as they will feel much more comfortable at work.
Insist on employee vacations
Employee vacations are essential to keeping a healthy and happy workforce. Employees need time to rest and unwind from the daily grind of their jobs. They also need time to pursue other interests outside of their careers. Insisting on employee vacations is an easy way to make your business more fun. It will help increase productivity and morale in the workplace, which will help you achieve your business goals.
Have fun with customers
In business, you can often be so focused on the outcome that you can forget to enjoy the process. I’ve found that if you focus on the interaction you’re having with customers, it can be a lot more fun. If you can enjoy what they’re saying and how they’re responding to your products and services, it will make your business more fun.
It’s not hard to have fun with customers. Here are some ideas:
- Play games
- Offer a special deal for employees of other startups
- Add little touches that make employees feel good
- Have customer appreciation days when you recognize your best customers
- Have customer appreciation days when you recognize your worst customers, and make it up to them
Promise less than you think you can deliver
We have a tendency to over-promise. On the one hand, we want to impress our clients, so we tell them all the things that we can do. But then when they give us a project, we realize it’s going to be much harder than we thought. We underestimate the time it will take and what needs to be done. So then we’re in a position where we have to scramble and get it done in a rush.
What I’ve found is that it’s better to promise less than you think you can deliver. If you know that something is going to take two weeks, tell your client it will take three weeks. Then if you’re wrong and it takes longer, you still meet your deadline. And if you’re right and you finish earlier than planned, you’ll look like a rock star.
When you promise less than you think you can deliver, it’s easy to get to the end result: superior performance. And when your work is as good as you think it can be, you can’t help but have a good time doing it.
Don’t underestimate the value of having fun. It’s life. It’s what you’re here for. That, and a paycheck. So if you’re going to build a business, why not make it fun? Why not make it as fun as possible? Fun is what happens when we’re making progress towards something that matters. So if you want to make business more fun, make work more meaningful. Make work about building things that matter, with people you love.