Summer is finally here. Yes, she’s a bit late in some parts, but we’ll forgive her if she starts behaving properly from here on out. (I’m assuming summer is of the female persuasion since summer is so darned beautiful. . .and warm…and bright…and smells really, really nice. But I digress.)
From the archives, here are a few fun at work ideas that lend themselves nicely to the quieter pace (for most of you at least) of summer:
1. Hold a family open house. Not just a barbecue or social event, but something that allows family members to see the inner workings of your workplace. The family is part of your employees’ support team. Winning over the hearts of employees’ families can turn employees into raving, loyal ambassadors for your business.
2. Go on a field trip. Summer is the perfect time to take the team on a creative walkabout through a zoo or park. Use a walkabout as a chance to give employees a break, build teamwork and spark creative ideas.
3. Set up an ice cream sundae bar every Friday afternoon.
4. Two words: stealth disco. Two more words: goofy fun. And yes, stealth disco exists. Here’s how it works: Someone video tapes a fellow employee (under the pretense of doing a survey or interview) while someone else stealthily disco dances in the background unbeknownst to the person being recorded. Compile a collection, edit and screen to uproarious laughter – especially if you get your senior managers involved.
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off contest. Have employees share what their ideal day of hooky would look like; a great way to generate some laughs while learning something about your teammates. Put names in a basket for a draw and the winner gets to live whatever their Ferris Bueller’s day dream off is.
6. Ugliest/tackiest Hawaiian shirt day/contest. Does it get more fun than that? I don’t think so.
7. Fishbowl Fridays. Everyone’s name goes into a fishbowl, then draw a name to see who gets let out of the fish bowl one hour early on Friday afternoon. Keep going until everyone’s had an early catch n’ release.
8. Employee appreciation day. Summer’s a great time to acknowledge employees with a special event or hand out something like company water bottles or stress balls.
9. Community charity events. Summer’s also the ideal time to get out of the office and clean up a local park or give back to your community. Great team building, great marketing, and if you get folks out of the office for an afternoon, a great perk as well.
10. Team lemonade stand contests. Each week a different team sets up and markets a lemonade stand in the office. Proceeds go to your social fund, project or charity of choice. The team that demonstrates the most creative approach to marketing, raises the most bucks, or has the best tasting lemonade wins the coveted Lemon Masters of the Universe trophy, which includes your company kicking in extra money for that team’s charity or project of choice.
Copyright Michael Kerr. Michael Kerr is one of Canada’s most requested motivational keynote speakers and business trainers. He is the author of Putting Humor to Work and Inspiring Workplaces. For great ideas and inspiration be sure to sign up for the weekly e-zine, Humor at Work.
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