Build-in Summer Fun
The official start of summer is next week. For me it triggers memories of being a kid. Splashing around in a plastic pool on the lawn. The smell of freshly mowed grass and Coppertone sunscreen. Being outdoors at dusk waiting to see the lightning bugs come out and sparkle. No homework.
As a responsible, achievement-minded professional it's likely that you've lost touch with all the joys that summer used to bring you. There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. How are you supposed to find room for fun? Your dental office is a place where people need to accomplish work. It isn’t supposed to be an eight-hour-long play date.
Yet research shows that the most productive employees are the ones who enjoy being at work. Having fun at the office isn’t always appropriate, and it certainly doesn’t jive with everyone’s style, but the benefits are plentiful. Improved patient care and service. Increased job satisfaction and employee loyalty. Creativity and profitability! Happy employees are more likely to accept ownership of their responsibilities, and much more inclined to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes. Attracting patients is easier in an environment of hospitality.
You CAN create a more jovial office environment and still mean business in real terms. As with most things, leaders need to set the example - so get back in touch with your inner child and build-in some summer fun. Here are some ways.
Appreciate Good Humor When It Happens
Circulate Fun and Funny Things Daily
Plan a Fun Office Activity at Least Once a Month
Let Patients Know That You Are a Fun Dental Office
Spruce Up the Office
Still, beware: As silly as it sounds, on-the-job fun needs to be taken seriously. It's good only in moderation and in appropriate form (non-sexist, non-racist, non-religious humor). Taken to extremes, it can hinder productivity. But if you put fun into your practice wisely, you’ll build some joy into your day. And the results will have you laughing…all the way to the bank.
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