Small-business Advice: Creating a Happy, Fun & Functional Workplace

Drew Carey tells a joke about work that goes, “You hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called ‘Everybody,’ and they meet at the bar.”

Of course, not everybody really hates their job. In fact, if you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, you might bound out of bed on a Monday morning, thrilled to start another exciting work week.

But Clint Greenleaf, author of the “By the Book” blog at, [reminds] entrepreneurs […] their coworkers or employees may not share quite the same level of excitement and anticipation when the weekend comes to an end.

Greenleaf recommends Roxanne Emerich’s book, “Thank God It’s Monday!”, which he says makes the argument that creating a fun workplace is closely linked with having a successful business.

In essence, Greenleaf and Emerich suggest that if you and your coworkers [and/or] employees enjoy being at work, you’ll do a better job and therefore make your customers more satisfied.

Intuitively, this makes a lot of sense—and remember that keeping your employees and coworkers satisfied and engaged will probably have the added benefit of increasing their loyalty to the company, reducing turnover and making it easier to retain your most valuable team members.

Do you think creating a happy, fun workplace is important for business success? What are some strategies you’ve used to get people excited and energized about coming to work on Mondays?

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