A footy tipping competition is one thing, but an office dog is taking fun at work to a new level.
Dexter, Red Balloon's office spoodle, is the living embodiment of the gift company's commitment to having a sense of humour at work.
If the employee is happy to be at the workplace and having fun at the workplace then they eagerly go to work, they have less sickies and time off and, more importantly, they're about 30 to 40 per cent more productive
"He runs about the office for most of the day and you can take him for a walk at lunchtime if you want," said Corporate Engagement Specialist James Wright.
"If you're lucky he'll sit at your feet underneath your desk on a cold day."
The company's Sydney headquarters also offers "love sacks", Pacman machines and foosball tables and, if the company hits its targets this year, all 53 employees will be rewarded with a trip to the Kokoda trail.
It might sound like a joke but that's the point. It's part of a greater focus on entertaining and engaging staff in the workplace. In other words, making work fun too.
An organisational learning lecturer at UTS says research shows having fun at work greatly improves productivity.
"If the employee is happy to be at the workplace and having fun at the workplace then they eagerly go to work, they have [fewer] sickies and time off and, more importantly, they're about 30 to 40 per cent more productive," Tony Holland said.
Dr Holland said employers could get a major return for making a relatively small investment in fun.
"It attracts good employees, they readily work there, they'll probably work for slightly less remuneration and they'll probably stay there for longer," he said.
David Koutsoukis calls himself a leadership philosopher and he teaches employers how to build team cohesiveness by increasing laughter in the office.
He says employers should strive for both a daily dose of fun (a joke or piece of trivia) and a weekly dose of fun (a morning tea or tipping competition).
Sydney company Priomha follows a similar philosophy, offering employees one Friday off a month to do an exciting activity with a group of colleagues. Recent outings have included go-karting and a MasterChef-style challenge at a professional cooking school.
"It's also a great way of getting ideas off people," said Brendan Poots, the founder of Priomha, a sports hedge fund. "It breaks down all the barriers."
Many workplaces are also moving away from the traditional corporate design and striving to add more spice to their office space.
Google has long been seen as a global leader in office innovation.
The Sydney Googleplex has a beanbag-filled meeting room, cubby houses, a games room, a masseuse and a free cafeteria.
Businesses are beginning to acknowledge that the tasks workers are doing should drive the environment they work in, interior designer Matthew Sheargold said.
Mr Sheargold is responsible for the design of RedBull's Sydney offices, which has a games room, rooftop bar, basketball court, DJ decks and even an indoor cricket pitch.
He says activity-based working is the new model for workplace design.
"It acknowledges that people have different tasks throughout the day and for different tasks you need different environments. So there might actually be 10 different environments for 10 different tasks."