About a year ago, I was trying to think of ways to make work (and what goes on there) a little more fun.
I wanted to add a little spice to our company culture. (Not habanero-style-burn-your-mouth-off…more like cinnamon: subtle, yet makes a difference.)
During a team lunch, I thought it would be a good time to kick around some thoughts I had. I brought up the idea to put together a fun, unifying, yet easy activity. I also thought that a newsletter of sorts would be a great way to recognize people and have some fun at the same time. The other team members really liked the ideas and we ran with them.
What has come about from those first ideas has turned into a monthly, themed activity. Our team thinks of a theme and then we advertise it around the office. We invite people from the the departments which we deal with the most to participate.
Hawaiian Shirt Day.
International Pot Luck Day.
The Ugly Sweater Contest.
All have been fun and something very different from what the normal day-to-day routine brings. Also, it’s something that people look forward to. The feedback has all been positive.
The newsletter idea was used also. We called it, “The Cube”. We do product spotlights (the serious stuff) and then we have some fun talking about the upcoming activity, random news, beauty tips, whatever (the not so serious stuff). The Cube has been talked about quite a bit and has had a lot of positive reviews. It’s been a nice talking point for a lot of people to bring up things that aren’t really work related and it’s helped to build relationships amongst those people.
Now that it’s been about a year, it’s fun to look back on what a couple of ideas — implemented by a few of us — have done for our company culture to spice it up a bit — cinnamon style.
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