Do You Work in a Cool Workplace?
CXtex, a New York-based technology company, is a self-describe
“cool place.” With their “work is fun” philosophy, peer
recognition programs, snack stations, relaxation area, start-of
-the-week cheer, in-house rock band and “Junkasaurus Park” (an
area dedicated to their company mascot),it’s no wonder they’ve
frequently made the cut as one of the top-50 places to work in
the United States.
Working in a “cool place” likely means different things to
different people, but I suspect it’s one of many offbeat
metrics you could use to take the pulse of your workplace
culture. Regardless of how serious, intense or “professional”
you think your business is, wouldn’t it be great to say you
worked in a “cool workplace”?
So take a moment and ask yourself, and then the rest of your
team, on a scale of 1-10, how cool is your workplace? Ten
being it’s SO cool the Fonz could work here. So cool it ought
to be illegal. So cool, it’s like penguins sipping frozen
daiquiris while wearing Louis Vuitton Evasion sunglasses cool.
Mike’s Fun at Work Tip
Perfect for the summer season: have a “pass the camera” contest.
Each employee on your team or in your entire workplace is
challenged to take one photo that best captures the spirit of
your workplace culture. It’s a chance for folks to flex their
creative muscles and for everyone to learn what people really
feel about their workplace. Present the final images at a
luncheon presentation, create a photo board of all the images,
and award a prize for the most creative or funniest photo.
Quote of the Week
“You can’t think about the future without having a playful
mind.” Andrew Zolli
It’s a Wacky World
July 13 is more than simply “Embrace Your Geekness Day” (which
would be awesome enough on its own). It’s also “Gruntled
Workers Day”, a day to celebrate happy, contented employees
that aren’t, well, disgruntled! So if you are a happy, good-
humored, gruntled geek, today is YOUR day!
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2011 www.humoratwork.com
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