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January 11, 2016

The Fun Dept.
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This week's guest is Nick Gianoulis, the founder of The Fun Dept., a consulting and training company that has been featured on CNN, BBC News, Washington Post, TEDx and numerous other media outlets. Its clients range from Fortune 100 companies to those with as few as 10 employees.

Known as “The Godfather of Fun,” he began his company after experiencing firsthand the enhanced culture and business results of fun during his 20-year corporate management tenure with a company that embraced a “work hard, play hard” culture. He is also the co-author of Playing It Forward.

His company has delivered more fun in the workplace than any other company in the world, building brief, consistent and engaging activities into the corporate culture that is more important than ever thanks to the presence of millennials.

He points out that by 2025 millennials will account for 75 percent of the workforce, and this younger generation places a greater priority on fun and work culture than salary. He says, “They want flexibility and fun. So if you want to employ the best and the brightest you need to pay attention to the culture at work because matters for employees, customers and the bottom line".
Episode Segments:
Corporate Talk: Nick Gianoulis
Fun and work are two words that never seem to go together. But Nick Gianoulis and the Fun Dept. are working towards changing that, and want to create more opportunities for people to have fun at work.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Nick Gianoulis
Before reigning over The Fun Dept. family, Nick Gianoulis learned the value of fun at a large, multimillion-dollar company that was big on a “work hard, play hard” philosophy. He brings his rich experience in sales management and operations to what he readily proclaims is his dream job—building the best possible team of people to deliver fun all around the world. Daily, Nick encourages people to do what they do best and gets a kick out of watching the amazing things that happen as a result.

After enlightening the world with the value of play, Nick plans to run a fish taco hut somewhere on the Mexican Riviera. He used to be allergic to seafood but ate so much his body finally learned to love it. That’s just how he rolls.

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