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Let The Games Begin

How to make work fun

This story appears in the March 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Check your calendar, kids, and start 'fessing up. April 1 is International Fun At Work Day, and when was the last time you danced in your hallways or wore a really ugly hat to the office? It's time to cut loose and celebrate at work. Celebrate what, you inquire? Celebrate your employees, celebrate your customers, celebrate failures, celebrate nothing. In case your overworked eyes didn't catch that, we said put down the mouse, get up and do something silly.

Matt Weinstein and Luke Barber have made a career of being silly as co-authors of Work Like Your Dog: Fifty Ways to Work Less, Play More, and Earn More (Villard Books, $22.95, 800-733-3000). Weinstein is also the founder and emperor of Playfair Inc., a management consulting firm that teaches businesspeople such as yourself what comes naturally to kids at heart: how to use laughter and fun for team-building at work.

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