Playing with Dolls at Work: A Wacky Workplace Morale Booster

Playing with Dolls at Work: A Wacky Workplace Morale Booster

Mickey Mouse doll

Mickey Mouse doll

For about eight years, I worked in one big room with the most wonderful group of people ever. It was like one big family — and a real blessing after ten years of bad jobs.

We all worked hard, so we decided to liven up the workplace.

We ordered a package of silly-looking, three inches plastic dolls in various colors – naked with a

John Smith doll

John Smith doll

bald head and painted eyes — from Oriental Trader — and gave everyone one. The dolls were flexible, so the limbs could be manipulated.

Then we held regular contests (usually for holidays) and asked everyone to dress their figure in a costume (created at home) and bring it to work to display anonymously on a designated day.

Surprisingly enough, nearly everyone participated — men and women, supervisors and non-supervisors. Many times, contestants added props, backgrounds and signs to enhance (or explain) their entry. One supervisor always typed a poem on a sign next to his entry.

While we might not’ve been highly imaginative at work — this group excelled at creative play!

Bumble bee doll

Bumble bee doll

A rotating team of judges determined the winner for each event and made signs designating a winning category for every entry (kind of like when little kids all get a trophy at beginner’s sports). Some examples of categories were: Most Unique, Cutest, Most Creative, Best Use of Styrofoam (one man included a styrofoam base in every entry), Most Clever, Best of Show, Best Use of Computer Graphics (for the background), etc.

For a modest investment (less than a dollar a piece for the dolls when you buy in bulk), you, too, can bring employees together to share a silly experience and create a workplace morale booster!

Hanukkah doll

Hanukkah doll

Baby Jesus doll

Baby Jesus doll

Leprechaun doll

Leprechaun doll

Praying doll

Praying doll

Santa on a Motorcycle doll

Santa on a Motorcycle doll

Singing Christmas tree dolls

Singing Christmas tree dolls

Santa in the Chimney doll

Santa in the Chimney doll

 

Pumpkin doll

Pumpkin doll

Teepee doll

Teepee doll

Candy bar doll

Candy bar doll

Witch doll

Witch doll

 

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One Response to Playing with Dolls at Work: A Wacky Workplace Morale Booster

  1. Carolann says:

    What a cute idea. It’s nice to know you had a wonderful job with folks you loved to work with!
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