In case you don’t know, tomorrow, Saturday, January 28, is Have Fun at Work Day! If you aren’t working on Saturday, go ahead and pick another day to celebrate!
As the old adage states: “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!” That saying has become more relevant throughout the years as the concept of “company culture” becomes more ubiquitous. You may be wondering: how do you determine a company’s culture? Well, you can determine a lot about a company’s culture by visiting its website or social media sites, but some of the main things to look for when interviewing with the company is: how are the employees treated, does everyone seem to have a common goal or mission, and – perhaps most importantly – do the employees look satisfied?
According to a Glassdoor survey, company culture is one of the top five biggest considerations job seekers take into account when accepting a job offer. A study from The Columbus Dispatch claims that 64 percent of millennials would rather make $40,000/year at a job they love versus $100,000/year at a job they dislike. That being said, company culture and being happy with your career is very important in today’s world!
We recently spoke with our Vice President of Human Resources, Gail Berrier, to get her perspective on company culture and how to start having fun and enjoying work! Read her advice below:
-Be Yourself. It’s important to act professional while you’re at work, however that doesn’t mean you need to be pretentious. Let your personality show and just be yourself. It will help you relax more and be able to enjoy yourself at work.
-Have a sense of humor. Sometimes crummy things happen at work that you have no control over. Don’t let little things get you down. There is always a silver lining and a lot of times there is a bit of humor in bad situations. If you can find the humor, you’re on the right track!
-Work-life balance is key. Have you ever heard the phrase: “Don’t take your work home with you”? Well, it’s true. Stewing about something that happened at work when you’re off the clock is not a great way to approach life. It’s OK to vent to someone after work, but when you’re done leave it alone and don’t think about it until you’re back in the office. (Also, if you can, try not to check your emails when you’re not in the office!)
If you follow these three tips, every day at work can be Have Fun at Work Day!