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What Happened to the Fun?

Loosen up! It is still possible to run a company where cracking smiles and having a blast are part of the daily routine.

This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneurs Start-Ups magazine.

We're no longer allowed to have fun at work. So just shelve those plans you had for your business that included camaraderie and laughter in the office. The Internet bust made one thing clear: Fun belongs at home, and work belongs in the office. Trying to mix the two is what caused the disaster in the first place. So, remember--no fun. Ever.

Or so you've been told. But did the dotcom fallout really put an end to all fun? "I get asked that question all the time," says Leslie Yerkes, founder of Catalyst Consulting Group Inc. in Cleveland and author of Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love To Work. "Ask yourself this question: Did the dotcoms invent fun as a work element? No."

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