Fun activities at work: Do they matter to hospitality employees?

Frederick W. Becker, Michael J. Tews

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ABSTRACT: The present study examined the impact of fun activities among entry-level employees in the hospitality industry. Specifically, this research examined the impact of 12 fun activities on employee engagement, constituent attachment, and employee turnover, with a sample of 205 employees from 11 hotel properties in the United States. The results demonstrated that the fun activities overall were significantly related to both engagement and constituent attachment, but not turnover. However, closer inspection revealed that specific activities were related to each of the three outcomes. A key implication is that not all fun activities are equal, and they may impact workplace outcomes differently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-296
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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