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Whistle while you work: Mount professor delves into the effects of fun on job satisfaction, performance

September 17, 2018

Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of Marketing at Mount Saint Mary College, presented “Are We Having Fun Yet: What Factors Influence Managers to Have Fun at Work” recently at the Engaged Management Scholars Conference in Philadelphia, Penn.

Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of Marketing at Mount Saint Mary College, presented “Are We Having Fun Yet: What Factors Influence Managers to Have Fun at Work” recently at the Engaged Management Scholars Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. 

 

Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of Marketing at Mount Saint Mary College, recently presented “Are We Having Fun Yet: What Factors Influence Managers to have Fun at Work” at the Engaged Management Scholars Conference at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.

The annual conference was attended by more than 400 professionals from ten countries, and is one of the premier international meeting places to exchange and promote evidence-based management research.

Scardillo’s research focuses on the amount of fun a manager has at work. If the manager is having fun at work, then the employees will also have fun, Scardillo said. This increases employee job satisfaction, longevity, and productivity.
 
According to Scardillo, more than 70 percent of employees in America are dissatisfied with their jobs. But what’s more destressing is that some in that group are so upset that they actively sabotage the workplace, impeding the productivity and job satisfaction of their coworkers.

“If the manger’s not having fun at work, nobody else is going to have fun,” Scardillo explained. 

Employees will follow suit if their managers are having a good time, in a kind of give-and-take feedback loop, Scardillo said. The end result is a more productive, harmonious workplace with less turnover.

“A fun and engaging workplace impacts employee engagement, morale, productivity, and safety,” he noted. 

Also among his findings, Scardillo discovered that managers have fun at work when they mentor. They feel great pride in the ability to pass on knowledge, and also feel a sense of immortality by passing on that wisdom.  

Scardillo is an award-winning professional with more than 30 years of experience in international, national, regional, state, and local advertising, marketing, and sales. His research focuses on improving the workplace environment by creating fun and engaging cultures for employees.