The hypothesis: if it’s fun, people will do it.
Experiment #1: most people know that it’s better for your health to climb the stairs rather than take the escalator or the elevator. Yet only a few people actually follow that advice. Is it possible to get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do.
Find out for yourself in this short video clip
Experiment #2: even though a rubbish bin may be in clear sight, many people still don’t throw their litter in the bin. By making it fun to do, is there a way to get more people to throw their trash into the bin rather than onto the ground?
See the results here in this short video clip
These two social experiments demonstrate that it IS possible to persuade people to do what you want IF you can make the task or job more fun. So, what does that mean for your workplace? If you are a manager or supervisor, no doubt there are certain activities in your department that everyone hates doing … in fact, you might think that getting them done is akin to pulling teeth! Is there a way to make those responsibilities more fun? One manager at a client company told me that he had a lot of trouble getting his field reps to attend the mandated twice-yearly safety meetings that were required by industry legislation. That was until a new trainer came on board. Suddenly, not only were his employees attending the meetings without complaint, but they were also talking positively about the sessions. The big difference: the new trainer had turned the safety meetings into a series of Jeopardy games, and what was previously a tedious task was now fun!
What are you doing in your workplace (or what could you do?) to bring the same sense of fun and excitement to an activity that people normally resist or dislike doing? I’d love to hear from you.