The Era of Workplace Fun, With Dr. Bob Nelson

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on November 9, 2021

According to Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America,” 81 percent of workers in companies on the list report that they work in a fun environment. In fact, they found that “fun” is the most significant variable separating those companies who make the list from those that do not.

Fun is the secret sauce every business needs to better engage and motivate its employees today. But we’re talking more than just ping pong tables in breakrooms and fun slides. Scores of companies like Zoom, Pinterest, Bank of America, Zappos, Honda, Microsoft, and many more, have nailed exactly what managers and employees alike can do to lighten the tone in the work environment and allow employees to have more fun at work.

With the COVID pandemic winding down, employees of all types and levels are looking to have fun more than ever before. Perhaps that is why Deloitte has labeled the 2020s as “The Era of Workplace Fun.”

Dr. Bob Nelson specializes in employee motivation and recognition. Joining Adam, he shares why it’s essential to create a “fun” atmosphere in the workplace.


  • Why a fun workplace requires more than a breakroom Ping-Pong table or free soda in the fridge;
  • Proven, easy-to-use strategies and best practices from leaders at Fortune’s best companies, including Cisco, Salesforce, Hilton, Adobe, and many others;
  • Tactics anyone can use to bring more joy to their work and make tasks more fulfilling;
  • How to engage the newest generations—Millennials and Gen Z, who make up the majority of the workforce—as well as older and burnt-out employees;
  • And much more!

Ready to have some fun? Tune in!

About This Guest: ()

BOB NELSON, PH.D., president of Nelson Motivation Inc., is the world’s leading authority on employee recognition and engagement. He’s worked with 80% of Fortune 500 companies, is a Senior Fellow for the Conference Board, a top thought leader for the Best Practice Institute, and was named a top-five management guru by Global Gurus. Fondly known as “Dr. Bob,” he has authored over 30 books on employee motivation and engagement, which have collectively sold over 5 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. He is co-author of the new book Work Made Fun Gets Done! Easy Ways to Boost Energy, Morale, and Results.