Why having fun is serious work!

Why having fun is serious work!

A recent study in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour discovered a link between informal learning (a great way to pick up new skills that improve their job performance) and having fun at work.


Further, the researchers suggested it may not be the fun activity per se that enhances learning, but rather the culture within the workplace that develops when fun is valued.


I recently discussed this important topic on ABC Radio. Our conversation discussing the impact of fun on culture and workplace productivity considerations can be heard here.


Key considerations:

  • the relationship between informal learning and fun activities
  • the importance of managerial support



Tews, M., Michel, J. W & Noe, R. A. (2017). Does fun promote learning? The relationship between fun in the workplace and informal learning. Jnl of Vocational Behaviour 98, 46-55