How do you encourage your employees to have fun at work?

Biz Compass


Susan Fronk
President and chief executive officer, MRA-The Management Association

“Adding light and not heat to a discussion, generously using a positive sense of humor, and exhibiting an unpretentious and team-oriented approach to delivering exceptional customer service all help to create an environment in which employees feel free to foster lighthearted spirit and fun.”


Andres Gonzalez
Vice president, chief diversity officer, Froedtert Health

“Understanding that health care can be a demanding profession, we incorporate opportunities for education, engagement and fun across our health network. Wellness Works, a team dedicated to staff health, builds playful activities and prize drawings into annual health assessments, on-site fitness classes and exercise challenges.”


Leslie Dixon
Chief human resources officer, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

“We actively encourage leaders to celebrate successes and create opportunities for camaraderie throughout the year. Many departments have committees that organize fun activities at work and after hours. Examples of recent fun events at Baird include office “tailgate” parties to celebrate the football season, after-market hours office pingpong tournaments and department outings to Escape Milwaukee.”


Zach Beaman
Founder and creative director, Concept Envy Advertising 

“Our agency office is host to entertainment workspaces, foosball tables and other creative advantages. We also have a dog-friendly office to allow our team members to be distracted by their favorite furry friends throughout the workday. I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand the results of increased workflow and productivity by utilizing non-conventional and entertainment-driven work experiences.” 


Nathan Laurent
Co-owner and regional manager, Keller Inc.

“I don’t micro-manage my employees, which seems to help them be more relaxed and enjoy what they do. Once a quarter, we try to spend a Friday volunteering as an office at places like Habitat for Humanity or area food pantries.”

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