As this article states, former UF PhD student in Management, Erin Fluegge Woolf did some research as part of her dissertation and concluded that employees allowed to have a little fun on the job not only accomplished more work but showed a higher level of creativity and were more willing to help their coworkers.
I wholeheartedly agree with her conclusions. I am glad my work environment is such that we joke, laugh, have office parties and talk to one another on a daily basis. We also have a casual dress code outside the classroom. I love my job, my coworkers, students and the department as a whole, because it's like family and when you feel like part of a family you are happier and you function better. Take that away and turn employees into robots and productivity goes way down as does morale. Morale and productivity go hand in hand.
Right now on many parts of campus, morale is low. We can thank the budget cuts, bad supervisors, a President who I would is practically invisible to the staff on campus, and a whole host of other things. What we need is morale.
I say kudos to Dr. Woolf on her research and hopefully what she revealed to us will make its way to the highest levels of our institution as a wakeup call.