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

September 08, 2017

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” on Thursday, September 7 on campus.


Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of marketing, kicked off this semester’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series with “Are We Having Fun Yet: What Factors Influence Managers to Have Fun at Work” on Thursday, September 7.

According to Scardillo, more than 70 percent of employees in America are dissatisfied with their jobs. But what’s more destressing is that about 13 percent of that group are so upset that they actively sabotage the workplace, impeding the productivity and job satisfaction of their coworkers.

There are plenty of reasons why one might not enjoy his or her job, but the underlying one is simple, Scardillo explained: managers are not having any fun.

“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.

In his recent study of more than 300 employees of an advertising/marketing firm – including more than 100 managers – Scardillo found six important factors that influence managers’ enjoyment of their work: mentoring, new challenges, empowerment, peer/co-worker relationships, meaningful work, and fun activities like company lunch.

He is looking forward to delving deeper into the matter in follow-up studies, Scardillo concluded.

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.

The goal of the college’s iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and outreach services. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.

The next iROC is Thursday, September 21 at 4 p.m. Victor Azuaje, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, will present “The Latin of the Medieval Papal Chancery and the Venezuelan writer José Antonio Ramos Sucre.” The talk will take place in the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center at the Mount, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. It is free and open to the public.