Employee Engagement Factors: How to Have Fun at Work

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By: Nate Riggs

Are We Having Fun Yet? What Factors Influence Managers to Have Fun at Work?

According Anthony’s research, he discovered that 73% of Americans do not like their jobs. Of that 73%, 13% actually sabotage the workplace. Throughout his presentation, he goes on to explain how today’s workforce has an extreme increase in the reliance on technology. This results in discouraging managers from using their abilities to think critically and problem solve.

The end result? Managers are not having fun. Therefore, if managers are not having fun, then most likely other employees are not having fun either.

Problems that result from not having fun at work:

Although there may be a variety of different problems that stem from not having fun at work, Anthony explains three core problems that exist today:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Workplace safety
  • Job satisfaction

It’s very evident how much of an impact that unsatisfied employees can have on a business. But one of the questions that I asked Anthony is what exactly does fun look like?

What is fun at work?

In today’s business environment, there are a variety of different factors that could be considered “fun” at work. However, Scardillo’s research indicated five different factors that will stimulate a fun working environment:

  • Mentoring
  • Challenging work that makes an impact
  • Empowerment
  • Peer/coworking relationships
  • “Fun” activities

Of the five factors listed in Scardillo’s research, mentoring seemed to be a large topic of discussion around employee engagement factors. A large amount of research exists on mentoring but what his research found was that mentoring is a consistent feedback loop.

The more fun that the manager is having, the more fun his/her employees are likely to be having. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if employees are having fun, their manager(s) are most likely having fun too.


About Anthony Scardillo – Doctoral Candidate, Case Western Reserve University

Anthony Scardillo is an award-winning marketing and advertising professional with over 30 years of experience in the field. His related experience includes international, national, regional, state and local advertising. 

Currently, Anthony is completing his Doctoral of Management degree at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on improving the workplace environment by creating fun and engaging cultures for employees.


About NR Media Group LLC

NR Media Group LLC is an inbound marketing agency and HubSpot gold partner located in Columbus, OH. We help a range of clients adopt and execute HubSpot’s marketing software to attract visitors, converts leads and close more customers.



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