17 Terrific Tips to Create Office Fun
17 Terrific Tips to Create Office Fun
Promote camaraderie, better communication, and a generous spirit by adding amusing activities, mental challenges, and charitable acts to your office routine. Here are 17 ideas to get things going in your office.
- Name that tune, singer, movie, or commercial. Pick a random time to play part of a song for the whole office for people to identify either the song name, who sings it, or what movie or commercial it comes from. First to respond by e-mail gets a prize.
- Crossword or jigsaw puzzles. Hang a giant crossword puzzle in the breakroom or set up a table with a challenging jigsaw puzzle for people to work on during breaks.
- Ping Pong ball toss. Line up some buckets at a challenging distance. Have teams or individuals try their skill at throwing ping pong balls in the buckets. Winners get prizes.
- Win a day off. Sell raffle tickets to win a free vacation day. This is usually a big fund raiser!
- Competitions for departments or individuals. Holiday decorating, zany hat, or ugly sweater. Employees vote and prizes are awarded.
- Character contest. Department teams compete for the best ensemble character costumes. Star Trek, Star Wars, The Flintstones, Beverly Hillbillies, Disney princesses – you get the idea.
- Diversity Day. People bring in traditional foods for a luncheon. Ask folks to talk about their culture and traditions.
- Bake-off. Contestants bring in baked goods and employees pay a nominal fee to taste the goodies. Create different categories for cakes, cheesecakes, pies, and cookies. Employees vote for the best in each category and prizes are awarded.
- Hidden story or fact. Insert a weird story or fact in the text of an all-office e-mail. First person (or more depending on office size) to find it wins a prize.
- Pancake breakfast. Owners and managers cook breakfast for everyone.
- Hoops contest. In a safe place, hang a nerf ball basketball hoop. Schedule a time for a shooting contest. Prizes awarded.
- Silent auction. Request donated items to be auctioned. Employee-made arts and crafts, gift baskets, certificates donated by local businesses, and car washing by a coworker are some auction item ideas. Place the items in an area where they can be viewed, usually two or three days. Suggested minimum bids should be set by the silent auction coordinator and posted on the bidding sheets. At the end of the auction time, the winners are announced, money is collected, and donated to a charity.
- Easter egg hunt. Fill hollow plastic eggs with kooky prizes or money. Hide them all over the office. Set a start and finish time for employees to find the eggs.
- Scavenger hunt. Teams are given lists of items to gather during a specified time period. First team who has collected all the items wins a prize.
- Kooky course. Teams are given a list of weird stuff to do and asked to take pictures or videos as proof. Cackle like a chicken in front of a specified public place, anyone? Good outdoor activity.
- Talent contest. Set up categories such as singing, musical instruments, Origami art creation, or dancing. Audience votes for winners.
- Penny war. Raise money by having the most positive number of pennies in a department penny-war box by the end of the day. Here are the rules. Cover small cardboard boxes and cut a coin slot in the top. Each department sets out their money box in the morning. Employees put pennies in their own department box. Employees from other departments drop silver coins into others’ department boxes. The silver cancels out the pennies. For example, a dime cancels out 10 pennies and a quarter cancels twenty-five pennies. If your box has a quarter and twenty-five pennies, your box total is zero. The department with the most positive pennies wins. All money collected from the boxes goes to the department’s charity of choice.
Emily Huling, CIC, CMC helps the insurance industry create top-performing sales, service, and leadership organizations. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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