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7 Tips for Making Your Business More Fun

Use these guidelines to change your approach to work 

July 16, 2018

Are you having fun with your remodeling business? Do you see reviewing metrics like doing an interesting crossword puzzle, or more like the stress of doing your taxes?

When you enjoy something, you are happier (and that makes the people around you happier as well). On the other hand, if you find a task painful, you generally don’t perform as well.

Rethinking your approach to certain tasks allows you to look at your entire business through a different lens. This concept applies not only to numbers-driven aspects of the business, but to company culture as well. 

Having fun with your team strengthens company culture. Fair & Square Remodelering, near Minneapolis, sponsors regular activities for employees, including outings to a local market and time spent with other craftspeople learning how they work. 

Some ways to increase the fun:

1. Make it a game — Challenge yourself to complete simple tasks more quickly and efficiently. Can you create an estimate in 30 minutes rather than two hours? Is there a way to review a P&L statement in five minutes rather than 30? Can you build a deck in a day?

2. Create a team spirit Some people would rather play a team sport than a solo one. When it comes to tasks that no one likes, the adage that “misery loves company” is certainly relevant, but you can adapt that concept to, “misery with company reduces the misery.”  How can you foster a team spirit so that the less-than-pleasant work itself becomes a bonding experience? 

3. Make it visual Most of us are visual thinkers. The more visual you can make the business, the more interesting and fun it can be. Use more diagrams and visual techniques in everything you do.

4. Get alignedA team that rows together is more fun and productive than one that plays tug-of-war against itself. You can achieve alignment in interesting ways: For example, try posing these questions to the leadership team and then discuss the answers.

a] What is one word to describe our company?

b] How far are we from the edge of the cliff?

c] Would you invest in this company? Why or why not? 

5. Be a giverThe joy of giving can come back to you in many ways. Think of the various recipients of your giving: clients, prospects, past clients, employees, trade contractors, and suppliers. Find a way to help all of them.

Rethinking your approach to certain tasks allows you to look at your entire business through a different lens

6. Say noTurning down a potential problem client will provide you with an immediate sense of relief, and save a lot of pain later.

7. Create funWhether it’s team-building activities in the office, like a chili cook-off or assembling a cycling team (complete with jerseys), you can strengthen your company culture with an endless list of fun initiatives.

Having fun is a choice that requires little energy but brings in returns that far outweigh the investment. 

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