January 28th was National Fun at Work Day. Many people spend a good portion of their lives at their workplace, so why not try to enjoy it? While looking to find fun things to do at work today, let your imagination be the leader. Make sure whatever fun and exciting things that you choose, that you have your boss’s approval. Better yet, get your boss involved in the fun.
There are a lot of things you can do to make your work day fun, but it doesn’t have to be all in one day. Some of these things can be done periodically to make each day a little interesting and entertaining.
Teammate Trivia: A great way to learn about each other is through a trivia game. Request some interesting trivia facts about each co-worker and create a puzzle in your next newsletter with the object to match the little known trivia facts to the correct employee. Give prizes for the most correct answers or the first person to complete the matches correctly.
Mascot Madness: Create a mascot for your department and adopt it as your representative. Take it to meetings, dress it up for holidays, take it on special adventures. You can go the extra step and kidnap another department’s mascot and hold it for ransom, complete with a ransom note and photos of it tied to the train tracks.
Volunteer for Fun: Getting your company to volunteer in your community is a great way to get your name out there. Allow for paid time off for thoe who want to do community service or host an event to raise funds or awareness. For example, invite employees to wear something pink one day and have the company donate $1 for each person in pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Seasonal Sounds: For a simple seasonal theme day, choose a musical era, play music to the mood for the background effect, and wear the clothing of that genre. Here are some fun examples:
- Fall into the Fifties- sock hop attire, jeans, poodle skirts
- Spring into the Sixties- love beads, tie dye shirts
- Seventies Summer- jeans, smock tops, band t-shirts
- Summer Jams- shorts and sunglasses with Jimmy Buffet or Beach Boys music
Surround Yourself with Things that Bring You Joy: Decorate your workspace with things that have meaning in your life, such as:
- Family or pet photos in unique frames
- Plants or fresh flowers to cleanse the air
- Bright colors that make you feel good
Does your company celebrate Fun at Work Day? What are some of the things you do every day in your workplace that make mundane days lively? Share with me in the comments below or tweet me!