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
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!
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!
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