Are we having fun yet? A consideration of workplace fun and engagement

Source: Guest Editor(s): Sharon Bolton and Maeve Houlihan, Employee Relations, Volume 31 Issue 6, 2009
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A review of contemporary debates on fun at work reveals a predominantly prescriptive focus on attempts to engage employees through fun activities that oversimplifies the human dynamism involved in the employment relationship. The editorial suggests that we need to consider the motivations, processes and outcomes of managed fun at work initiatives and to consider employees’ reactions in terms of “shades of engagement” that detail how people variously engage, enjoy, endure, or escape managed fun.

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