A recent article in the Jacksonville Times Union was titled:
Having fun at work: Productive or pointless?
As one of the reader comments pointed out, there is more to a positive work environment than supplemental activities designed to make a people happier. In fact, countless studies show that the job starts with selecting people who are already a good fit for the job. The better the fit, the more the employees will ‘naturally’ enjoy the job.
Top performing Florida companies like LBA Group, Chico’s, and LifeSouth use assessment tools like Predictive Index to identify candidates who are likely to enjoy and be productive in their work environment. By hiring smarter, they naturally get higher productivity and lower turnover. While these companies still offer ‘fun events’, employees who are right for the job tend to be happier all the time.
There are several case studies that managers might find helpful at http://www.predictiveresults.com/PredictiveIndex/PICaseStudies.asp