One of my favorite things to do at work is taking the seriousness out of certain situations. This microwave’s note explained it was “not heating food.” I saw an opportunity: “Only heats science experiments.” While I am professional when needed in most situations, I also find the value in providing some humor in otherwise drab, stressful, and boring workplaces. More importantly, work should be like play, in that you enjoy going to work. If not?
Life is too serious. Why not have some harmless fun with your work?
We’re having fun within the Blah Blah chats. The villainess is named the Orthographimancer, after all! We can all pronounce that word (which means “Ortho” or correct, “graphi” or writing, and “mancer” or divination) without missing a beat and others are ever closer after just hearing the word last week. I’m writing with a chaotic mix of serious and silly elements throughout each of the short stories. This is just a pet project for now.
For career-oriented work, occasionally it’s also good to have fun.
Not really at anyone’s expense. Maybe in the approach of setting up personal effects around your computer at your desk. I’ve carried a red nose in my pocket to diffuse overly serious individuals, though I end up laughing with the absurdity of the situation long before the joke lands. It’s usually good for a reassessment pause before resuming at a more casual pace. In that way, humor can help significantly, or it can be subtle.
Not everything you work on is life threatening.
This is truer within hobby work. Since I upload 500 words every day, sometimes that means getting up early or staying up late to complete work in advance, and sometimes that work isn’t the best quality. They might be rush jobs to make sure I don’t skip a day. Even arguably rush job days like today have inherent value. The content can be useful so I approach my work with that attitude first and foremost.
If I can have fun with it, all the better.
That might be one reason why I write with rare rhyming creative alliterative words. When they land particularly well, they’re a highlight for me to return to later. When it’s more forced, well, at least I tried to make the work that I did playful. Along with that, I try to take these playful writings seriously. If I want to write content like this or fiction for a living, why shouldn’t I take it seriously?
To be seen as flippant?
As long as you work hard in what you’re trying to do, be it a pet project or professional policies, you do have a little room for play. One early example I saw was a piece of documentation that showed a screenshot with the security question “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” It was subtle enough to miss, so it wouldn’t offend anyone trying to pretend to be serious performing their job.
Work is just paid play.