52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook

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We spend a lot of time at work, so why not have some fun while we're there! Get 52 ideas for having fun at work and use one idea every week of the year! Download this employee recognition ideas eBook from Baudville.

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  • 1. Fun@at Work52 Ways toHave Fun at Work

2. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 1HoW to use tHis eBookIn a given year, we spend nearly 2,300 hours at work. Why not have some funwhile were there! Add some fun to your working hours with the 52 ideas in thiseBook.Weve compiled our favorite fun activities and celebrations from customers andour own experiences and organized them into four different sections:1. Real Fun for One Fun at work starts with you!2. Phenomenal Finds Tips to create a fun culture that attracts top talent.3. Fantastic Team Tips Ways to have fun as an entire team.4. Official Celebrations Ideas for celebrating holidays throughout the year.You can use the 52 Ways to have Fun at Work eBook in several different ways.Either refer to it as a resource when you plan team events and celebrations, orintegrate the ideas into your everyday work culture. Select a new idea or activityevery week for your team, and watch how the fun you have together translates intoincreased camaraderie, trust, and productivity.Regardless of how you choose to use this eBook, we hope the ideas will serve as astarting point to your own fun at work ideas. Share your stories, tips, and ideas onthe Baudville Facebook page and get ideas from other fun workplaces, too! i never did a days Work in my liFe.it WasCheers! all Fun.aBout BaudvilletHomas a. edisonBaudville, the place for daily recognition, continues to be the leadinginnovator in day-to-day recognition solutions. Baudvilles day-to-dayrecognition solutions appeal to todays increasingly diverse workforce withcontemporary designs and relevant messaging, motivating and engagingworkplaces world-wide. Baudville has been declared one of the best companiesto work for in its area and strives to create the ultimate work experience forits employees. For more tips and ideas to create a positive culture, visit theBaudville Recognition Resource Center on Baudville.com. 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 3. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 2real Fun For one1. Fun Catches OnDont wait for fun to come to you. Consciously choosing your attitude and behavior to embrace enthusiasm, joy, and fungenerates positive energy around you and directly affects the mood and productivity of the workplace. Fill a tackle box withsmall tokens of praise, recognition tools, and fun stuff. Cast out an item when you see a deserving colleague. Items include: AGumbyfigureforsomebodywhohasshownflexibility. Apairofcheapsunglassesforabrightidea. Arubberballforsomebodywhohasbouncedbackfromachallenge. Funsizepiecesofcandytosweetensomeonesday2. Put Your Signature on What You DoApayrollofficerpersonalizedherjobofdeliveringpaychecksandmadeitmorefunbydonningarhinestonecrownandasashasshebecamethePayrollQueen.Sometimesshewroteapersonalnoteonthecheckstubandsometimesshejusthand-deliveredthepaychecktoeachworker.Shesaidshehadsomuchfungettingtoknowthepeoplewhodependedonherservicesthatshewouldnevergobacktoafacelessjobofpaycheckdistributionagain.How can you personalize your services?3. Create a Commuter Kit Stockyourcarwithsomesoothingmusic,abubblepen,aclownnoseoranaudiobookwithstoriesornewlanguages. TryCommutaerobicsanddogluteandarmsqueezestoupbeatmusicorisometricexerciseswithyoursteering wheelwhilestuckintraffic. Giveyourselfapeptalkthecarisagreatplacetogetcenteredandreadyforthedayahead.4. Practice Fun ShuiBeorganizedtogetenergizedandmakemoreroomforfuninyourlife.Createorganizationalsystemsthatworkforyou. AGumbyfigureforsomebodywhohasshownflexibility. Apairofcheapsunglassesforabrightidea. Arubberballforsomebodywhohasbouncedbackfromachallenge. Funsizepiecesofcandytosweetensomeonesday 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 4. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 3real Fun For one5. Fun Catches OnDont wait for fun to come to you. Consciously choosing your attitude and behavior to embrace enthusiasm, joy, and fungenerates positive energy around you and directly affects the mood and productivity of the workplace. Fill a tackle box withsmall tokens of praise, recognition tools, and fun stuff. Cast out an item when you see a deserving colleague. Items include: Color-codedfilefolders Stackingbaskets Moldedplasticwall-mountedaccessoryholders ColoredpaperclipsandcreativePost-its Color-codeyourcalendartoseeataglancehowbalancedyourscheduleis Addfuntimetoyourcalendar Wall-mountedshelvingtoalleviatedeskclutter6. Send Out Sweet Sensations Putacandydishonyourdesk. GiveanotewithLifesaverstosomeonewhosavedtheday. PassalongaPaydaybarwithacashbonus. GiveaBabyRuthforhittingahomerunfortheteam. PresentaScorebartosomebodywhoscoredabigsale. PassalongaNestlCrunchbartosomeonewhosunderadeadlinecrunch. OfferaMoundsbartosomebodywhohasmoundsofpaperworktodo.7. Music Soothes the Savage SharkBringaportablestereowithheadphonestoyouroffice.Musicplaysapartinourmoodsandcanaffectouremotionsandcreativity.KnownastheMozartEffect,musicfromtheBaroqueperiodhasbeenshowntocalmpeopledown,helpwithproblemsolving,andboostcreativity.ResearchersattheUniversityofIllinoisfoundthatwhenworkerslistentothemusicoftheirchoicewhileperformingadministrativetasksormorecomplexanalyticalwork,theirproductivityincreased.8. Lighten Up Your PresentationsByusingothermethodsofedutainment,audiencememberswillfindyourmessagemorememorablethantheusualtrainingtedium.Presentyourinformationinafunformatsuchas: Askit Apuppetshow Adanceroutinetogoalongwithathemesong ArapsongorideassungtothetuneofTheTwelveDaysofChristmas 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 5. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 4real Fun For one9. Surround Yourself with Things that Bring You JoyDecorateyourworkspacewiththingsthathavemeaninginyourlife,suchas: Familyorpetphotosinuniqueframes Plantsorfreshflowerstocleansetheair Brightcolorsthatmakeyoufeelgood Personalizednotecards10. Be the One for FunChampionthecauseforcreatinganenjoyableworkplace.DukeUniversitycitedthatjobsatisfactionranked#1amongthekeyfactorstolivingalonglife.Sohavesomefun! Makeagameoffillinginyourowncaptionsonemployeephotosplacednearthecopymachine. Onedefensedepartmentmanagerlightenedupmeetingswitharaffle.Prizesincludedcalendars,panicbuttons, PocketPraise,andspecialtreatstocelebratemilestones. Yourlaughteriscontagiousletthemhearyouroar.Goodmoodsaffectothersinapositiveway.11. Create a Home Away From HomeIfyouworkinawindowlessoffice,trybuildingafakewindowusingPlexiglasandmolding,thenslideindifferentscenerypostersbehindthePlexiglastochangewithyourmoodsorseasons.Letyourpersonalityemergeanddecorateyourcubiclewithyourownpersonalflair. Bringinalavalamp Coveryourfloorwithahand-woventapestry Hangbeadsacrossyourdoorway12. Become a Fanatic About Looking for Humor Turnonyourlightenupradartoseekoutthefunorfunnyinthings. Useanupbeatscreensaveroronethatfeaturesinspirationalquotesandpictures. Learnhowtojuggletissuesorstressballswhileyoureonhold. Subscribetoadailyhumoroustiptostartyourdayoutontherightfoot. Askyourselfifsomethingwillmatterinafewweeks,months,oryears. 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 6. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 5PHenomenal Finds13. Make a Game of ItChallengeyourselftomakeamundanetaskseemmoreappetizing. Setatimerandtellyourselfyouonlyhavetoworkonituntilyouhearthebell.Challengeyourselftoseehowmuch youcangetdonebeforethetimergoesoff. Combinefunandeffectiveness. Onelandscapeworkerrollerskatedwhileblowingleaves. Challengeaco-workertoseewhocangeneratethemostsalescallsorgeneratethemostincomeinamorning.14. Refresh, Renew, RechargeTakingashortbreakinbetweenboutsofconcentratedworkwillbringyoubackrevitalizedandreadytobeevenmoreproductive.Someexamplesofhowtore-energize: Moveyourbodytogetbloodandoxygenmovingtothebrain. Getoutsideforabreathoffreshair. Grabahealthysnackinthecafeteria. Addpizzazztoyourbreakroomwithastereo,cartoons,Hula-Hoops,orgiantwhiteboardsforscribbling.15. Bail Out Sinking MoraleThesesimpleideaswillhelpreelinrecruitsandretainthemoncetheyvecomeonboard.TheGallupOrganizationfindsthatlengthofemploymentandproductivitylevelsaredirectlyrelatedtothequalityofthemanagerandtheenvironmenttheycreate.Haveeachemployeefilloutaprofileoftheirfavoritethingssuchasmusic,hobbies,food,color,recreation,andbooksaswellasawishlistofwhattheywouldpreferforawardsatdifferentpricepointstohelpsupervisorsknowwhatmakestheiremployeeshappy.16. Incorporate Laughter into Your CultureLaughterconnectspeopleandrelaxestheirmuscles.Wecantbestressedoutandlaughingatthesametime.Researchhasalsoshownthatchildren,withalltheirenergy,laugharound400timesperdaywhileadults,withtheirlackofenergy,laughonlyabout15timesperday. Startyourmeetingsonahumorousnoteaskwhathashappenedlatelythatisamusing. Grabtheirattentioninapresentationwithahumoroustwist. Addajokeoftheweekoranamusingeventinyournewsletter.17. Teammate TriviaRequestsomeinterestingtriviafactsabouteachco-workerandcreateapuzzleinyournextnewslettermatchingthelittleknowntriviafacttothecorrectemployee.Giveprizesforthemostcorrectanswersorthefirsttocompletethematches.Thisisagreatwaytogetyouremployeesinteractingandlearningaboutoneanother. 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 7. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 6PHenomenal Finds18. Recruit a StudentYourlocalcollegeleisureandrecreationdepartmentmayhavestudentswhoareinterestedindoinganinternshiporclassproject.Someschoolshavecorporatewellness,recreation,oreducationmajorswhoneedsometimeworkingwithbusinessesinthetoplanspecialeventsorfunprograms.Whetheritbeanannualcompanypicnic,holidayparty,orastringofsmallerthingstodotoinfusefunintoyourorganization,theywouldbehelpfulincreatingsomebuzzforasemesteroraone-timeevent.19. The Name GameBuildmoraleandteamspiritbymakingagameofnamingyourteams,departments,products,ormeetingspaces.BaudvillescreativeteammadeagameofnamingtheirmeetingroomsusingtheFishSuggestionSystemthewinningnamesincludedTheThinkTankandTheFishBowl,andenergizingsignsnowadornthewalls.Thisfunactivitywillfosterasenseofinclusionandisagreatwaytogetyourteamthinkingcreatively.20. Going, Going, GoneBecomearesourceforacharitableorganization.Holdanauctionofitemsdonatedbyemployeesandgivetheproceedstoagoodcause. Hostawhiteelephantauction. Holdasilentauctionwhereemployeeswritedowntheirbidonaformnexttotheitem. Hostayardsaleorfleamarketwithemployeebooths. Holdachildrensfleamarketwhereemployeeschildrenselltheiritems.21. Form Special Interest GroupsPeopleliketogatherwithlike-mindedpeopletosharestoriesandexperiences.Useemployeeswhoareexpertsathobbiesorinterestsoutsidetheorganizationtoformspecialinterestgroups.Providinganoutletforpeopletobecreativeanddowhattheirheartdesires,jumpstartstheirpassiontodootherthingswithheart. Abandorchoralgroup Runningcluborbookclub Professionalassociations WeightWatchersgroup Technologyteam22. Crafty ContributionsInvolvetheartisticaspectsofemployeesthatmightnototherwisegettappedduringthenormalworkday.Invitedepartmentstousetheircraftyimaginationsincreativecontestssuchas: Asnacksculpturecontestbuildthetallesttowerusingchipsandcreamcheesedip. Alogo,slogan,mascot,orjinglecontesttodevelopanewimageforaprojectorproduct. Apaintingorcollagetorepresentthedepartmentanditspeopletohangintheirarea. 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 8. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 7PHenomenal Finds23. Make a Game of TrainingAdultlearningtheorysuggestsaudiencememberswhointeractandparticipateintheirownlearningretainmoreandengagetheirbrainsmore. MaketeamslikethoseonTheFamilyFeudtocreatefriendlycompetition. SpintheWheelofFortunetoselectprizesforcorrectanswers. Gettheparticipantsmoving,thinking,talking,andcreatingprojects. Giveoutprizesforpositiveparticipation.24. Prime Time PlayersEnlistacreativeanddramaticteamofemployeestocreateanentertainingandeducationaltrainingvideofornewhires.FollowtheleadofpopulartelevisionshowssuchasExtremeMakeoverfordresscodesorTradingSpacesfororganizingoffices.Onesummercampstaffcreatedahilariousvideototraincounselorsontheaspectsofhowtospothome-sicknessandhowtodealwithitusingstaffmembersdressedascampers.25. Local Recreation Departments are ResourcesIfyouneedmoreoomph,props,orequipmentforanevent,callyourlocalparksandrecreationprofessionalswhohaveeventandprogramplannersonstaffwithresourcessuchas: Tables,chairs,themedecorations,andpartyitems Balls,goals,netting,scooters,Hula-Hoop,orothersportsequipment Internsorsummerstaffwhocanpartnerwithyouforaprogram Resourcebooksandideasforfunactivitiesandsocialevents26. Open House TodayHaveeachdepartmenthostanopenhousetosharewhattheydoandhowtheydoit.Often,co-workersdontalwaysknowexactlywhatgoesonandwhodoeswhatinareasoutsidetheirimmediateterritory.Hostinganopenhousecompletewithballoons,treats,greeters,atourofthedepartment,andaninformationsheetabouttheplaceandthepeoplewillhelpbridgetheunderstandingandcommunicationamongstthedifferentareasofyourorganization. 2011 by Baudville, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.baudville.com 9. Baudville 52 Ways to Have Fun at Work eBook PaGe 8FantastiC team tiPs27. Get a Standing Ovation for Your OrientationMakenewemployeeorientationamemorableeventwheretheemployeesarethestars.TheTrainingCoordinatorattheClevelandMetroParksZoocreatedthegameshowWhoWantstobeaZooGuruwithquestionsaboutthezoo,itspolicies,andattractions.Completewithlights,music,anddrama,theattitudesofthetrainerandtheparticipantssetthetoneforalively,entertainingprogramthatheldthenewemployeesattentionandincreasedtheirretention.28. New Hire Head HuntDontwaituntilpeopleleavetogivethemaparty.Hostawelcomepartywhenpeoplejoinandsendthemonascavengerhunttomeetco-workers,learntriviaaboutthem,gathersupplies,andlearntheirwayaroundtheoffice.Endthehuntatthelocaleaterywheremanyoftheircolleaguesarealreadywaitingtowelcomethemtotheteam.Givethemanewnameplateorothertypeofwelcomegifttomakethemfeelhonoredandwelcomed.29. Boost Front Lines & Bottom LinesCreatingsharedexperienceswiththeseFantasticTeamTipsboostsbothmoraleandthebottomline.Researchshowsthathappyemployeeshaveapositiveimpactonanorganizationsrevenuesandcustomersatisfactionbycreatinganatmosphereofopencommunication,recognition,trust,respect,andfun.Bringinaworkplacehelmetoranyotherfunhat.Whensomeonecomesupwithagoodidea,makessomeonelaugh,orworksthroughaproblem,sendtheclevercaptheirway.Usethisasapass-alongpraisetool.30. Fun Feedback and KudosSendsmallTokensofAppreciationgenerouslyandoften.Baudvillehasmanyresourcesforrecognizingthegoodthingspeopledoonacontinualbasis,suchasPocketPraise,CheerfulChangecoins,orencourage-mintcandies.31. Food = FUN HostaregularpotluckbreakfastorBBQluncheontolearnmoreaboutthepeopleandthefoodstheybring.Gowith athemedayorwithfoodfromtheircountryoforigin. Haveemployeessharetheirfavoriterecipesandcompileacompanycookbook. Surpriseyourstaffwithacateredbreakfastorlunch. Hostabakesaletoraisemoneyforacharityorworkplaceimprovement.32. Location, Location, LocationMeetsomeplacebesidestheconferenceroom,suchastheswingsatanearbypark,togainanewperspective.Thestimulithatareinvariable...