Anthony Scardillo, assistant professor of marketing, will kick 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 at 12:45 pm.
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.
According to Scardillo, nearly 70 percent of employees in America are dissatisfied with their jobs.
“The reasons are many, but the underlying reason is that managers are not having any fun,” Scardillo explained. “A fun and engaging workplace impacts employee engagement, morale, productivity, and safety…creating a fun atmosphere at work is accomplished only when management is having fun. The thinking is that if management is having fun at work, then employees will have more fun in a give-and-take feedback loop.”
In a presentation based on his dissertation to the Association of Marketing Theory & Practice Association, Scardillo will discuss six important factors that influence managers’ enjoyment of their work: mentoring, new challenges, empowerment, peer/co-worker relationships, meaningful work, and fun activities.
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.