Business is supposed to be fun…
- Posted by Sue
- On 11th June 2020
We don’t get much time on this planet so it begs the question why would anybody waste their precious time running a company that they don’t find fun.
In actual fact if you don’t find it fun maybe it’s time you made a change and the choices you have are put up with it, shut it down, sell the business or find a way to make it fun again.
I’m sure you have experienced businesses where there’s not a smile to be seen and if you were to ask the question who died the answer would inevitably be no one. So why the long faces and what could be done to raise a smile and get everybody enjoying the process.
I once read a book which I highly recommend written by an Australian dentist Paddi Lund. Over time he had grown to dislike his business and it showed. He realised for his own sanity that he would either have to sell the business or change it.
He made the decision to change it.
His practice had a name change to ‘The Happiness Dentistry’ and set out to make it just that. He built his practice around the principles of great hospitality.
He got to know his patients, he purchased an expresso machine so he could serve fresh coffee or patients were able to choose from eighty different types of tea, he also started baking what is known as dental buns on site which are given to every patient. Just some of the spin offs from this activity are;
His staff retention is superb, he has a waiting list of months for new patients all from referral and he made five times more money than he used to all this by injecting fun into his practice.
Happiness in business breeds success.
So, if you ever find yourself not having fun in your business make a conscious decision to find ways to make it more fun. Pizza Friday for the team, everybody has to tell a joke in team meetings, celebrate when someone hits a goal, have rewards for team members behaving and living your company values.
Transform the experience of your business into one of happiness and just watch what happens to the productivity and the effect that has on your bottom line.
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