Celebrating ideas for success
Planning for ongoing fun and celebration at work, with your family or friends, is a great way to floss as a group. These ideas are known to improve relationships, increase creativity, make people feel appreciated, and build an invisible web of goodwill.
Most of the ideas below come from a survey of the most popular ideas used in medium and large organizations in North America. All the ideas have been truly tested and, more importantly, they have been accepted with joy and appreciation and have produced positive results for the organizations that tried them. Use these ideas or let them inspire you to customize your own for your group setting. Most of them cost little or nothing and take practically no more time than informing people about what is happening. You can incorporate them into your day or use them to plan a special event. The most important thing is not just to talk about these ideas, but to put them into practice.
A. Fun rituals:
1. Champagne celebration: Maybe the office just got that great account that’s been fought for a long time, or maybe the division just had a productive week together. Why not celebrate the joint work — for whatever reason — with some champagne (or sparkling grape juice if you prefer)?
2. Applause from Kazoo: At Apple Computers, during a quarterly meeting, they handed out kazoos to the whole group. Instead of clapping clapping (how did it happen!), They hummed their recognition with kazoos. How about trying sliding whistles instead of mallets for formal gatherings? In fact, how about asking for a standing ovation? . . right now ?!
3. Nose: There are a variety of rubber animal noses and red foam or plastic clown noses — bring them and use them for staff meetings, hard times, on Fridays, etc.
Four. Laugh one day: Bank of America’s corporate office issued a “Laughter Challenge a Day” to all of its Northern California employees. Throughout the month of April, employees were challenged to bring a joke or cartoon every day to share with their co-workers. Those who successfully completed the Challenge received a Corporate Challenge t-shirt and a book, published internally, with the best responses. [It’s important to note the spirit of the “challenge” NOT the “competition”. They weren’t looking for the best jokes to “win”, but simply the willingness to participate. Thus everyone wins, even the employees who did not bring in jokes, but who nonetheless got to hear them.]
5. Thanks in advance: We sure enjoy and deserve to celebrate and be recognized for our contributions when we retire. But why wait? How about a party and celebration on the first day of incorporation of a person to your company / organization? What a great way to set the tone and include them as a member of the team.
6. Contests: Try them at lunchtime or at social events: Balloon Shave, Lip Sync, Air Band (or Air Orchestra), Worst Hair Day, Giant Bubbles, Golf Course.
7. Secret friend: Have everyone in the office / organization / division / etc. write their name, address, phone number, date of birth (actual date of birth for those who have nothing to hide!) and a short list of things they like (such as: flowers, sports, chocolate, funny hats , publications, exotic cards, music, etc.). Fold and slip on a hat. Then each person chooses a sheet, making sure no one has chosen their own name (if so, all sheets go back in and try again). Once all the tickets are distributed and they all have someone else’s name, the fun begins! You are the secret friend of the person whose name you have chosen. Throughout the Secret Pal experience (we recommend at least three months), your “mission” is to do creative, spontaneous, fun, and encouraging things for your partner … all anonymously, of course. You can send flowers to your home; leave a note on their desk about how much they enjoy working together, or admire their professional competence, or appreciate their contributions to the organization; Or, maybe you just send a Valentine’s card in September with a note that you couldn’t wait until February to send your love. The important thing is that it is fun and uplifting, and that it is impossible for your partner to guess who their secret friend is. And of course, the extra special fun is that while you are a secret partner to your lucky partner, someone else in the group is your secret partner, and they are doing fun things for you! At the end of the predetermined time period, hold a public event where secret friends are revealed.
B. Theme days:
1. Clothing: Hats; socks (just one? don’t match?); tacky tourist; ugly / tacky tie; colliding clothes; have a casual dress day once a week / month. (It’s a way of acknowledging those “secret identities” that we all seem to have; the sides of ourselves that our friends see, but that our co-workers, who, let’s face it, we can spend more time with, rarely get to see) . In Hawaii, even TV news anchors sometimes wear Aloha T-shirts instead of “business clothes” during broadcasts. It is a true nod to the playful spirit and joie de vivre that we all carry within; certain colors (for example, one color, or just one color family, ebony and ivory, etc.); Inside out; crazy t-shirts; Pijama; eccentric accessories.
2. Food: Eat the other way around; notes on orange peel; bananas for hot dogs; use food colors to change food colors (blue potatoes? purple pasta?); top management can cook and serve food to employees; DIY banana splits; gourmet lunch; Food Olympics …
3. Celebrate: Special holidays; no-birthday; Tuesday; your giggling friends; standing ovations (in meetings, in the cafeteria); crazy awards (to bosses, employees, part-time staff); the first day of work of a person; arrivals at the airport; Christmas in July; summer party on the beach in February; helium balloons (write inside, give them away, decorate or write messages outside); $ 1.00 present anonymous gift exchange; celebrity for a day; decorate your boss’s office …
Four. flowers: Bring them to decorate the office; gift them with a note of appreciation; have a bouquet that someone keeps for an hour and then passes it on to the next person; balloon bouquets …
5. Photos: (baby, pets, cars, children) For the bulletin board; for newsletters; awards meetings; the training room.
6. Special Person Days: Secretaries’ Day Celebrations; Family Day: Bring pictures or bring the family for lunch, have lunch out; special picnic day at the office; Gopher Day: delegate things to people (ie please go to this or that) or, if you walk in and see your shadow, you leave and do not return to work for six weeks; we offer massages on April 30 …
7. Day of being nice to others: (Of course this should be every day!) Do spontaneous and anonymous kind things to each other — eg Clean all the teacups in the staff room; finish a peer report; finish your assistant’s presentation …
8. Apologies: Put up a sheet of paper and ask people to contribute the best excuse they have ever heard or given: being late, returning merchandise, not paying the bill, etc. (use a real one or make one up)
9. Awards: Night Each person is given the name of another person at work. They choose an award title and an appropriate award to go with it. Choose rewards that are optimistic and do not denigrate. Here are some examples of titles and awards:
o Better blow-dried hair … can of salon mousse.
o More cheerful phone voice … new phone handset.
o The kindest morning person … gift certificate for 10 cups of chai at the local tea shop.
o The most legible handwriting … ballpoint pen embossed with your name and company name.
1. Humor area: Create laugh books (people write funny anecdotes and non-toxic jokes; tie them up and distribute them at the end of the term or year); cartoon corner; jokes / cartoons in notes and newsletters; smile more; cartoon treasures or funny magazines in waiting rooms and bathrooms; laughter car; a laughter room; comedy library of books, CDs and DVDs …
2. Games: Non-competitive / cooperative games; charades; parodies; secret word (hearing the word, everyone crosses their legs or looks up or changes seats, etc.); treasure hunt …
3. The great job board: Trade of jobs, clothes, offices for a day. Okay, okay, at least give it an hour’s try. 10 minutes?
Four. Elevators: Smile, introduce yourself to people (you don’t have to meet them either) face to face with others; Have cartoons on the side walls summon an elevated meeting.
5. What is good?: Begin meetings by asking each person “What is going well in your department?”
6. Joy Break Box: Instead of having coffee or tea at 3:15, take ten minutes to do, read, or play something fun (read a novel, flick through a “Far Side” cartoon book, check the movie pages to see a comedy movie later, listen to a comedy tape on your headphones); try to have a rule: “don’t talk about work” on breaks; Create a Joybreak Committee to plan occasional group interactions and activities during break time.
7. Stroll meetings: For gatherings of 2-3 people, go for a nature walk together
(Bring a mini tape recorder to capture ideas and decisions for the minutes).
8. Better mistakes: Stories allot 5 minutes during meetings for people to share recent embarrassing or funny stories from their work or personal life.
9. Wall: Place a large sheet of paper in a common area. Pick a topic and ask people to contribute to it over a period of time. They can draw pictures, scribbles, write words, poetry, paste clippings from magazines, etc.
10. Lunchtime fun: Go out to lunch with coworkers, all wearing funny noses or hats. Give the waiter an outrageously good tip. Sing the waiter a song for doing such a good job.
eleven. No birthday (pick anyone and give them a surprise birthday party)
12. Decorate the boss’s office with streamers, flowers and balloons
13. Way to Go Notes: Have you ever wanted to tell someone what you admire, respect, or appreciate about them, but never did? Create a large envelope for each person at work and place them in a common area. Each week, invite everyone to write specific appreciation notes for their bosses, employees, or even service providers, when you’ve caught them doing something right. Put your notes in the appropriate envelope. After a month, everyone opens their envelopes.
14. Title contest: Post a cartoon without the caption on the bulletin board in the staff area. Invite people to create a new caption that fits the cartoon. As people go through their day, they can read what other people wrote and add to the list.