How did a boring, monotonous job at a Seattle Fish Market turn into a place of fun and positive energy? Through the use of FISH, a four step philosophy to making better workplaces:
choosing one’s attitude,
playing at work,
making someone’s day, and
When Steve Lundin, the FISH Philosopher, put a call out to any aged care provider to use his help to create more meaning and purpose for both staff and elders, Australia’s Blue Care responded, and soon after followed the Play Up program, bringing much joy and laughter to nursing home residents and changing staff attitude through allowing them to have more fun in the day to day care of the elderly. Residents are happier and the staff go home feeling happier too! Play is not often associated with places of work, yet play is what sparks the imagination, promotes team work and fosters creativity. Playfulness can evoke emotional connections with people that can otherwise be hard to reach.