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Making fun of work
Fun at work has a significant impact on staff motivation, team building, innovation and productivity. But not all organisations have the workplace flexibility of those profiled in the article, Making Fun of Work, in the February/March issue of globalhr. Many companies have customer-facing staff who need to reflect their brand, and while scooters may well be fun, they will not fill a customer with confidence or trust in your ability.
But the good news for staff who face customers is that there are other ways for companies to create a fun work culture: corporate clothing and uniforms play an important part in communicating brand values, making staff feel valued and instilling confidence in the service they are providing. Looking good is intrinsically linked to feeling good, and positive mind-sets make for a happy and motivated workforce.
Chief Executive, De Baer Corporate Clothing
I read Simon Kent's piece on inpatriation in the February/March issue with interest. Fascinating isn't it that firms assume people moving to other countries need support, yet those moving into their own can fend for themselves.
I represent the Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI), a network of 270 moving companies worldwide that collectively handle a significant proportion of the world's corporate moves. We work with people who are experiencing the trauma of relocation and something that is often overlooked is the simple, yet totally disabling, homesickness. Homesickness is a strange syndrome. It can affect anyone of any age and seems not to b