Written by Lee-Anne Hunt, HR Dept Ringwood
Yep, I know I’m HR so I probably shouldn’t be writing this but the more businesses (and people) I’m in touch with the more I reflect on what makes a business successful.
All of the successful businesses I know ( including ours) share many characteristics but today I want to focus on one. Laughter!
As a HR professional I have been called in many times to counsel employees/teams because they are having “too much fun”.
I have to ask: “Are they achieving their goals? Are they contributing to the business growth? Are they team players? Are they being appropriate (not bullying)”
If the answer is “Yes” then what’s the problem? I’ve been told “it doesn’t look good to other departments or they’re too loud or they don’t look professional”.
I disagree. There is so much evidence bombarding us that happy employees are more productive and stay longer. It’s time for some of the “old school” to rethink what the workplace looks like.
For our little team at the HR Dept – Ringwood, well, we laugh every day! At ourselves, our families (mainly our kids!) and yes, I admit it, sometimes at the silly things people do at work.
We are happy professionals who are successful. I challenge you all to bring a little happy to your workplace ( and perhaps because you spend so much of your time at work; to your life).