The TV show Parks and Recreation recently ended and while I was sad to see it go, the final episodes were awesome and very satisfying.
I have admired the show for a while not just for being very funny and moving but also for how much the cast and crew obviously loved their work.
Here are 3 lessons any workplace could stand to learn from the cast of Parks and Rec.
3: Have someone nice at the top
In this clip Chris Pratt talks about the positive atmosphere they had on the set and how that started with their biggest star (#1 on the call sheet) Amy Poehler.
2: Give people freedom to screw up
Here the cast talk about the freedom they have to improvise lines because the set is “a super-safe environment” as Jim O’Heir who plays Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry on the show puts it.
I love that – it reminds me of an article I wrote previously about Why You Should Celebrate Mistakes at Work.
1: Praise each other
Here are two clips from a late night show where the cast plays a game in which they have to toast each other in 20 seconds.
Could your team do something like this?
I think we all know that the world of movies and TV is not necessarily very happy. Just for contrast, here’s a list of movie co-stars who hated each other’s guts.
So to see a group of people who clearly love each other working together to create something amazing is all the more encouraging and I think there are some lessons here for workplaces all around the world.