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It isn’t always about the money – sometimes fun trumps money!

Continuing with the topic of fun at work that we started earlier this week (see If it’s fun, people will do it!), here’s another experiment sponsored by Volkswagen.  Again, recall that the premise is that “if it’s fun, people will do it”.

Experiment #2: The question: despite the lack of financial incentive, would more people recycle their glass bottles if it was fun?

As you can see, the answer was once again “yes”.

As a leader, you may not always control the purse strings, but does that mean that you can’t create highly-motivated and productive workplace?  The answer (in case you haven’t figured it out yet :)) is “of course not!”  Over and over again, organizational research has shown that when employees have fun at work, they are more engaged in their work responsibilities and they perform better on the job.

So what are you doing (or what could you do?) to create a workplace that is playful, productive and profitable?  Please share, I’d love to hear from you.

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