Make Work More Fun: Ditch The Crap
Recently I came across a very simple but powerful post on LinkedIn. It reminded me of pioneering organizations we've visited. Unfortunately, it's an approach that's often-overlooked.
Whatever management book you read, or TED Talk you watch, or (virtual) conference you attend, you will be bombarded with tips on improving your business, career or life. Do this, do that, start this, start that.
If you followed all this well-intentioned advice, you'd be kicking off initiatives every hour of the day. Not a good idea.
Ditch the crap
Instead, try stopping things—to progress. It's true in many aspects of life, but especially when making work more fun.
The most successful workplace experiments often focus on not doing something. For example, we've visited organizations that ditched 95% of their rules and policies—and flourished as a result. There's even a company which based it's entire way of working on the concept of 'less is more'.
Here's a starter list of inspirations to liberate yourself at work:
- Stop going to boring, useless meetings
- Stop making rules
- Stop emailing
- Stop telling people how to do their job
- Stop making decisions for others
- Stop wasting time on annual budgeting
What's not to like here?