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Lighten Up!

Mixing business and pleasure is no longer taboo.

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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Have your employees ever come to work to find you dressed like a chicken? If not, you may be missing an opportunity to improve teamwork, increase enthusiasm and lower stress, says Matt Weinstein, a management consultant and co-author of Work Like Your Dog: Fifty Ways to Work Less, Play More, and Earn More (Villard Books). "Laughter and play," he says, "are a common language that cuts across office hierarchy."

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