Today is official Dance Like a Chicken Day. But if that doesn’t get you clucking, maybe the fact that it’s also Receptionist Day will get a better reception in your office. In addition to thanking your receptionists for all the great work they do, it’s also a good day to take stock of how welcoming your business is at every point of contact and how a bit of humor might help.
Here’s a list of some of the fun, wacky, offbeat, unusual, strange holidays and theme days for the month of August. Celebrating these, recognizing these theme days is a very simple way to bring a little fun and humor into your workplace and create some rituals and traditions to help strengthen your workplace culture. For some ideas on how to make use of some of these fun holidays go to: Ways to Celebrate Fun Holidays in the Workplace
World Wide Web Day
Spider Man Day
Respect for Parents Day
Arlo Guthrie once famously said, “Just because you’re trying to save the world it doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun.”
In fact, if you are trying to save your small part of the world I’d go a step further by suggesting that adding a little fun will not only ease your stress associated with saving the world, it might just help you accomplish your mission as well.
Which is why I’m always happy to stumble upon examples of traditionally serious organizations taking themselves a tad less seriously. For example, as part of an annual tradition, Calgary aldermen broke out into a five-minute elastic band fight at a city council meeting, as a fun way to end their last meeting before adjourning for a month-long summer hiatus.
Every time I visit Las Vegas I am in awe how the city functions at a seemingly high level despite having some of the most liberal laws in the country.
The CEO of AFA JCDecaux arranged a rather outrageous stunt to make a point to his employees about effective communication in the workplace. Over the course of a few days he arranged for his IT manager to intercept everyone’s internal e-mails and post them by regular, good old-fashioned snail mail. So a few days later each employee received a surprise, in the form of a honking huge whack of mail. Outrageous? Maybe. But the point was made, and the use of e-mail in their office plunged dramatically as employees opted to either pick up the phone or get off their chairs to talk to colleagues.
Here’s a list of some of the fun, wacky, offbeat, silly holidays and theme days for the month of February, 2016. Celebrating these or recognizing these theme days is a very simple way to bring a little fun and humor into your workplace. For some ideas on how to make use of some of these fun holidays go to: 22 Ways to Celebrate Fun Holidays in Your Workplace
I had the tremendous privilege of being granted a private tour recently through the Innovation Gallery of Milliken’s world headquarters, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
It’s that time of year. Another scenic cruise around the sun has finished, and everyone now turns their attention to the new year with new hopes, new dreams, new goals.
In a study of more than 50 large companies by the Ferrazzi Greenlight consulting company, “observable candor” proved to be the behavior that best predicted high-performing teams. Here are some ways you can encourage more open and honest conversations in your meetings: