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Impact Makers

100 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer McClureWebsite

The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


067: How to Make Work Suck Less By Making It Fun with Jeff Harry

Especially with the pandemic, the great resignation, quiet quitting, and all the dramatic shifts the whole world is currently experiencing, a lot of companies are struggling internally. Left unattended and this could lead to a toxic culture. 


Obviously, hard conversations have to be made because you can’t just ignore those issues happening collectively. And one of the ways to address this among many other issues is to ensure a happy, safe, and fun culture – and make work suck less. 


In today’s conversation, Jeff Harry talks about how he takes positive psychology and plays to tackle some of the most challenging issues that a lot of companies are currently struggling with so they can make work suck less.


With a mechanical engineering degree, Jeff ended up doing team building and special events for the top tech companies in the world. He realized how people were struggling with having difficult conversations, especially dealing with that one person at work that ruins work for everybody else.


He created Rediscover Your Play as an experiment to explore how we can address issues like toxicity in the workplace, toxic masculinity, and having difficult conversations – through the lens of positive psychology and play. 


Show Highlights:

  • The two questions to ask your leaders to understand your company culture
  • The difference between forced fun and introducing play in the workplace
  • Why allowing yourself to get bored is the key to unlocking creativity and innovation 
  • How to address quiet quitting through play 
  • Why psychological safety is required before introducing fun or play into the workplace 
  • The reason why meetings suck, and what you can do to fix it
  • How what drove you back when you were a kid can really answer questions like "How do you want to show up in the world?"
  • How to cultivate the next great idea
  • How to add more play to your grown-up life


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Supporting Resources:

Workplace from Meta 

Rediscover Your Play 

Jeff Harry on LinkedIn

Play-Well TEKnologies - Teaching Engineering to Kids

Gary Ware - Breakthrough Play 

Impact Makers Podcast Episode 67: Building a Culture of Mindfulness and Supporting Employee Mental Health with Headspace CPO Désirée Pascual

Braver Angels


Lauren Yee - Cultivator of Curiosity


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