Does workplace fun matter? Developing a useable typology of workplace fun in a qualitative study

Chi Hong Simon Chan

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A fun work environment is a positive atmosphere for organizations to attract and retain employees. This study identifies the significant factors of workplace fun and develops a useable typology of workplace fun activities in the hospitality industry. A qualitative case study with grounded theory approach was used by conducting interviews with ten hotel human resource (HR) practitioners in the People's Republic of China. The results identified four "S" s of workplace fun factors, namely: (1) Staff-oriented workplace fun, (2) Supervisor-oriented workplace fun, (3) Social-oriented workplace fun, and (4) Strategy-oriented workplace fun. This study provides a roadmap to guide future hospitality management research in workplace fun domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-728
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • Hospitality industry
  • Qualitative study
  • Useable typology
  • Workplace fun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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