Mandatory Fun Isn’t Fun (Here’s What to Do Instead)

Mandatory fun is something we’ve all experienced at work.  Although it usually starts out with honorable intentions, research shows that mandatory fun can be quite, well, unfun. Research from Barbara Plester and Kerr Inkson’s book Laugh out Loud – A User’s Guide to Workplace Humor suggests that overly-curated events can be less fun and intimidating… Read more


The Boss Dances Like a BOSS!

This isn’t your standard dance video, more of an awesome story. From the YouTube description: California Conservation Corps members Antwon McCoy and Leonard Patton aren’t just hard workers. They are also very good dancers who have taught their big nature nerd/mountain man boss (John Griffith) more than a few dance moves (song is Ay Ladies… Read more


Why I Was Fired

For the last work picnic, management had decided that due to liability issues, we could have alcohol, but only one (1) drink per person.  I was fired for ordering the cups. (via bits and pieces)… Read more


Spice Things Up at Work

Here are a few suggestions on how to stir things up at work: Page yourself over the intercom. (Don’t disguise your voice.) Send email to the rest of the company telling them what you’re doing. For example “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.” Insist that your e-mail address be: Put your… Read more


The Mind of a Funsmith, an Interview with Bernie DeKoven

Bernie DeKoven, Master Funsmith and author of,, and, has over 40 years of experience with games and play for both kids and adults.  I sat down with Bernie to talk about the value of play, not only in the workplace, but in life in general. You can listen to the interview below… Read more

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