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Make Work FUN:
139 Ways to “Lighten Up” Your Workplace
By Ann Fry and Terrill Fischer
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TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION AWARD IDEAS IDEAS FOR THE BREAKROOM CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES COMMUNICATION IDEAS CONTESTS ENVIRONMENT IDEAS IDEAS TO PROMOTE IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY IDEAS TO LIGHTEN UP MEETINGS OUTSIDE EVENTS RELAXATION OPPORTUNITIES TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES STRESS STOMPERS JUST PLAIN FUN IDEAS ANYTIME! ABOUT HUMOR UNIVERSITY ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND HUMOR UNIVERSITY FACULTY ABOUT THE PUBLISHER 3 4 5 5 6 7 8 10 11 13 14 14 15 16 17 21 22 22 22 Page 3 .
but other times they have those terribly serious days. “we don’t stop playing because we grow old. The most important thing is to have fun with these ideas and later on share them with some of your serious friends or co-workers. They drag an overcast day. They have an occasional good mood or creative day sometimes. Whatever kind of humor impairment.INTRODUCTION We’re glad we got your attention. around with them. Now this may be shocking news for you. This doesn’t mean you should settle for only the ideas that are comfortable to you. Please note that not all of these ideas are going to be fun for you. Try a couple that feel risky. we all know people who need to “lighten up”. Some are best for individuals. but -. That’s a bad combination. though. You might surprise yourself. Or humor. if not a dark cloud. some for groups. In this guide to humor you will find many. many devices that work well. If you implement one or two of these ideas a week for the next six months. and quite possibly the way you live. some for entire companies. We all know people who are terminally serious. No humor available. Maybe they’re just humor challenged. You’ll like some more than others and some will suit your style and situation better. Remember. Black hole serious. Then there are those people who try very hard at humor but have no sense. we grow old because we stop playing!” Have fun!! Terrill and Ann Page 4 . you can improve the way you work.some of them are you.
give the employees a special gift. have a contest to see who can identify the worst customer of the week. They can wear the stickers or collect them on a sheet they post over their desk. 4.” Person Overboard Award: Reward employees who go “over and beyond” for their customers. etc. gifts. Finger-Painting Murals: Put up a large piece of Kraft paper in the breakroom. Worst Hairdo Day: Give out an award for the worst hairdo of the day. IDEAS FOR THE BREAKROOM 8. and a plaque with their name as “Employee of the Month. like an appointment at a Spa. 6. Page 5 . “Good job” Stickers: Have staff give stickers to their supervisors when they do a good job and vice versa. The winner gets a free bottle of champagne and you experience improved morale because your staff is working to please you and to win the award. like a candy bar with their checks. puzzles and small area games like ring toss in the breakroom for entertainment. Employee Dollars: Award an “employee dollar” to employees who do something special or exceed company expectations. 5. dinner. Awards for Worst Customers: If you have difficult customers. Games in the Breakroom: Keep board games. (Let everyone know ahead of time to wear their worst hairdo. The “Person Overboard Award” is a life-saving ring. 2. Great stressreliever and creative. fun outlet. set up finger-paints and let ’em rip. Payday: Give out more than just paychecks on payday . 7. 3. Each month the employee with the most dollars gets movie tickets.AWARD IDEAS 1. 9.) Pass out Special Fortune Cookies: Have them specially baked and include fortunes that are special to your company – a great way to announce promotions. which the president presents to an employee at a special ceremony.
Let people make sandwiches whenever they’re hungry. so why not celebrate the anniversary of when people were hired. 16. Celebrate Hiring Anniversaries: We celebrate birthdays. Percussion Instrument Day (or String Instrument Day): People bring in their favorite percussion instrument (or string instrument) and there is a “jam” session in the breakroom for 15 minutes in the afternoon. 18. Video Games: Have a play station or video game system.they need it because they’re never home long enough to have a party of their own. Games 14. It fits many categories – e. the most frequent flyer miles or most car miles . CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES 15. by having a little party. fellow workers. communication (deals are often made this way). or Candy Bar Parties): Food always lightens up a serious occasion . Make them feel special for being with the company.10. loaves of bread and knives in the breakroom. Peanut Butter and Jelly: Put out huge vats of peanut butter and jelly.make sure it’s “safe” food and doesn’t create “ptomaine poisoning”. Sing a few carols and give each other a small present or stocking stuffer to break up the summer routine. These get people laughing and put them in a good mood. can include individual choices or games for two. celebration. Ping Pong Table: Have a ping pong table or two available for 13. etc. 12. stress stomping. A great way to spend a break. Road Warrior Celebration: Throw a party for the person with Page 6 . Pizza Parties (or Bagel Parties. Candid Camera shows and other short-segment videos. Top it off with barrels of Oreo cookies. They can be aggressive or not. TV and Videos: A great idea is to have funny videos like Three Stooges. Christmas in July: Celebrate a little holiday cheer with your 17.g. 11. playing.
But you must stop the story when you arrive at your destination.19. The smell of popcorn alone will put them in a better mood. Give a Standing Ovation: Alleviate someone’s stress or pain by gathering a group of co-workers and give that person a standing ovation when they come into a room. different meat. Build a "Submarine Sandwich Day": Have everyone bring a COMMUNICATION IDEAS 23. 24. especially on late workdays or when people put in a lot of overtime. and tell them that they can use at least one anytime they want to have it their way. “My Way.” 26. The goal is to build the perfect sub that everyone can enjoy consuming.” Make coupons that say “my way”. riding in the elevators. going up or down the stairs. Argument: You use a set-up with two straight messages followed by a third that is humorous and unexpected. 22. 25. it has a full automation system to tell you when something is wrong. cheese. spread. Storying Around: Tell stories walking down the hallways. quarters. but it won’t tell you when you’re lost. Watch their face light up. 21. Lemonade/Popcorn Service: Serve these free. You can pick it up again when you leave. and other goodies for everyone to snag when it busts open. You could even hang a piñata for everyone to take a whack at and have it filled with candy. Ice Cream Service: Bring in your favorite ice cream server to serve cones of ice cream for afternoon breaks. For example. 20. etc. “Rule of Three” Approach to the Benefits of Your 5 Page 7 . Watch how no one will give away their last coupons because they want to save it for something very important. “This car gets great gas mileage. National Tortilla Chip Day: Have a Mexican fiesta where everyone brings in a Mexican dish. My Way Coupons: From the song sung by Frank Sinatra. Give each employee 3 of them. This is great for enhancing your story telling ability and adding humor and adventure to everyday situations.
you’ll feel better every time you pass their desk knowing you made them happy.) 33. 28. or make a mistake on something. like clean language required. clean joke telling. Joke-a-thons: Plan running joke contests or have a “live” openmike style “joke-a-rama”. messages (e. Warning: Make sure you set rules for non-offensive. them on their desks. try making up ridiculous. Graffiti Board in the Bathrooms: A graffiti board can be set up CONTESTS 35. “I can do the stupidest thing. Email Pal: Have an arrangement with a funny friend to send each 30. jokes. Pencil Power: Sharpen people’s pencils anonymously and leave 34. 31. have that person pass it..g. Pass around a Compliment: Whisper a compliment to one person. creative excuses for your mistake. Have it 32.” 36. Guess what. “help. other fun emails during the day just to keep spirits up. Laugh Track: Record a laugh track on your voice mail. Creative Excuses: When you are late for a meeting. It lightens up their day. etc. Funny One-Liners for Your Voicemail: Make sure your voice 29. Just be willing to take responsibility. (Be careful to set rules here. before the message. for people to write funny sayings. Flower Power: Buy a flower and anonymously place it on someone else’s desk just to make them feel better—to boost their self-esteem. What have you got to lose? It’s better than beating yourself up. See how it sounds when it gets to the last person and also see how it’s made many people feel great to hear it. Stupid Human Tricks (a la David Letterman): The winner could Page 8 . etc. wear a hat that says.27. etc. no sexual jokes. It’s bound to be contagious. They’ll really appreciate the secret angel in the office. mail has a funny message for anyone calling in. I’m trapped…”). come on first.
42. she gets a gift certificate to Victoria’s Secret and if a man wins. Take pictures of them in action and post on the bulletin board or print in the newsletter. Stupid Idea Contests: Have a contest where you award the lamest idea for how to improve a work situation. best dancer (individual). Have a contest for the funniest memo of the week. best dance couple.” a list of items to collect. Funny Trash: Have a contest where everyone rummages through their trash and comes up with the funniest thing they threw away. Doughnut Ring-Toss: A novel way to play the ring-toss game 39. to say what they need to say in the funniest way they can. “I had the stupidest idea. Give them 15 minutes and reward the person/group who collects the most. he gets one too. The winners get a free doughnut each day for a week. The winner has to wear a hat that says. serious memos invite employees 41. If a woman wins. breakroom and have a 15 minute dance party. 40. 38. Page 9 . 44. Paper Airplane Contests: Let people (individually or in groups) create the most aerodynamic paper airplanes possible and fly them to see which go the distance. Have winners in a variety of categories . Winner gets a free latte. most original. post them on the bulletin board and have contests to see who can identify the most people from the pictures.worst dancer. Appropriate prizes might be a photo session with a top photographer or an awesome picture frame. Dance Contests: Bring in a boom box. Wear Your Underwear on the Outside Day: Pretty self- explanatory. The prize could be tickets to the local comedy club. Baby Picture Contests: Have everyone bring their own baby picture. Scavenger Hunt: Pit individuals or teams against each other with 43. Funny Memos: Instead of dry. etc.37. and you get to eat the doughnuts. but only if you play on a clean surface. Prize can be a model airplane kit. move the tables in the 45.
Music: Pipe in music in the common areas and in the work areas. select their colors. ENVIRONMENT IDEAS 48. Paper Clip Art: Create chains and pieces of art with just paper clips. They can post a written description on the bulletin board anonymously. Dress Down Friday (or Monday or Middle of the Week): Who says it has to be Friday? The point is people act different in casual mode than on “suit” days. with a situation that the company recently dealt with and have a fun afternoon event of skits or plays that employees put on. Prize is a gift certificate to Office Depot or 7 Office Max. Decorating Allowed: Let people decorate their cubes/offices. ideas. Have a contest. Of course you want to get the input of the bosses when making decisions just as the bosses should get the input of their employees. etc. etc. Have plants and flowers all around these areas to give a sense of aliveness.Bosses/Employees: For one hour/day the employees tell the bosses what to do and the bosses become employees. Role Switching . Let the staff select the styles of music they desire. Daydream Contest: Have people share their most outrageous daydream (if they dare). 49. Let them cover their walls.) bright colors to liven up the environment. It’s a great way to have closure on a difficult time and a great way to hype something new. The way a person feels about their environment makes a huge impact on their productivity. 47. Perhaps there can be a music selection committee. Suggestion Box: Have a suggestion box that really collects “fun 50.” Read the top three ideas at a staff meeting. 51. 54.46. An alternate suggestion is to let Page 10 . Common Areas: Paint the common areas (reception area. Plays and Skits: Take an issue that needs to be resolved or play 52. conference rooms. break room. to 53. make them individual to their personal taste.
57. learn to roll with the punches and laugh and have a great time. environment. Feng Shui: Hire a Feng Shui expert to consult on furniture placement and design decisions. and create an amusing headline and story that you can share with your co-workers or staff. If anyone is caught whining in these areas they have to put a dollar in the Whine Pot. Improv Games: Unless every move or conversation of your day is planned. 56.) 60. 55. Have people call you by your alias when that bad side of you shows up to provide some levity.humoru. Improv games help you be more spontaneous. let the humor consultants (at www. Assess the Humor Quotient or Laughitude of Your Workplace: Hire a humor consultant to survey your staff on their humor attitudes. 61. etc.com 59.individuals have music in their own cubes/offices – radios or CD players. (This is great for creative thinking. Transform an Object: Take an ordinary object and transform it into something else by telling a story about what else it can do or using it in a creative way. where whining is off limits. Page 11 . This Japanese art of “placement” is built on the belief that energies flow best in certain patterns and directions.comedysportz. you’re improvising all day long. You can find a list of improvisational games on the web at www. No-Whining Area: Create Whining-Free areas around your work IDEAS TO PROMOTE IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY 58. Once a quarter the money is used to have a wine and cheese party. Develop an Alias: Create an alias or evil nickname for the unpleasant side of your personality. Once the survey gives you data on how “lightened up” your employees are. Create Funny Headlines: Look at what’s going on at work that is major news.com) write your improvement prescription and coach you to greater results.
Invent Your Own Buzzwords: Use your imagination to invent 66.62. Fun Committee or Minister of Comedy: Appoint a minister of Page 12 . just visualize them wearing a big diaper or polka dot boxer shorts. Enlist other members who share your quirk.. We call this “mooseticating. e. The National Association of People Who Don’t Know What they Like. and pretend that they know everything for that minute comedy to oversee humor in the workplace and/or select a fun 69. some area. Start Your Own Association: Create your own association that highlights a quirk about yourself. Be on the lookout for words where a second interpretation is possible. After 30 minutes others seek him out and the problem must be solved. They won’t know you’re doing it. Cartoons: Take cartoons and white out what they say and make 68. You might even establish a small hiding room. or even Elvis. Be Each Other at the Office: Pretend to be someone else. and take on the role of someone else while answering your phone. a cab driver from New York. You could be a rich Texan. put on 65. face forward” (I better put my clothes back on!) up your own captions based on your work environment. Hide and Seek: A person with a problem goes into hiding to come up with solutions for their problems. it won’t shut them up. an accent. Don’t only use Dilbert – use any comic strip and adapt it. your own words for the various tasks you do at work. 67. 63.g.g.” 64. Look at the words used to describe situations around your office and think of new terms for them. but it will take the charge off the confrontation for you. Ambiguity in Conversations: Make a conscious effort to find ambiguity in everyday conversations-both your own and others. Be an Expert for a Minute: Each person takes on an expertise in 70. e. credit card machine says to put the card in “strip down. Visualize People in Their Underwear: When you are confronted with someone who is yelling at you.
the Rolling Stone’s song. etc. Sing-A-Longs: How about starting every meeting with a song 74. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.watch and see how well you understand each other anyhow. Wheel of Fortune or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. this is Bob! What a bummer day. BYE!” IDEAS TO LIGHTEN UP MEETINGS 72. 71. Games Show Events: Next time you have a big event or meeting. Accent Interviews: Start a meeting off with pairs of people or Dr. Page 13 . not just management. and right now I feel like a cockroach about ready to get stomped. Props Distribution: Distribute clown noses or Groucho glasses 77. I was late this morning and my boss yelled at me.. Gibberish Meetings: Much of what we say is gibberish anyhow.like children’s songs or contemporary songs or your favorite rock and roll song. interviewing each other using accents. The important trend here is to involve employees. Talk to you later. e.” (With this song you’d not only be singing but also learning a REAL lesson for your personal development). what their favorite midnight snack is. Backward Meetings: Start with the last thing on the agenda and 76. who their cartoon hero is. Complain to Yourself by Leaving Messages on Your Voicemail: Some examples are: "Hi Bob. It provides a fun way to run a meeting and break out of the old routines..committee to plan events for the company. Invite them to find out something about their partner they never knew before.g. Build morale and promote fun and creativity by spotlighting the hidden talents of your co-workers. 75. Spock ears to all employees and have them wear them to the next employee meeting or whenever they need a chuckle. so why not designate a part of the meeting where everyone communicates in their favorite gibberish . e. what their favorite Christmas present of all time was. everyone can sing together . work backward all the way to the opening. create a game show environment like Jeopardy. 73.g.
com. The important thing here would be the element of “surprise” . Take the whole office bowling in the middle of the day. 85. take questions. check out: www. take turns giving others a ride. Bicycle Riding: Ride your bicycle to work or during your break. Or.announce it and do it without notice. 79. Happiness List: When things start to make us upset we must to be able to tap into what makes us happy instead of brooding. or have an outside family event day (as above). Adult Camp Scenario: We have camps for kids so how about a camp for adults for the day. her comments in the form of an aria. Use your imagination on this one.rent out a theater and take the 82. 83.campcamelot. 81. set up a talk show scenario. rent the theater on a weekend morning and invite them to bring their families along. RELAXATION OPPORTUNITIES 86. Movie Days: Similar to above . whole crew spontaneously. etc. Conduct Your Meeting as an Opera: Everyone must sing his or OUTSIDE EVENTS 80. People love it. if you have a bicycle built for two. Talk Show Meetings: Instead of a meeting. Family Day: Have staff bring their families to work for the day to see what they do.78. Make sure everyone gets popcorn and a soda. go to skeleton staff. Work/family balance is the “hot” issue of the new century. Start Page 14 . give the employees the opportunity to “soak” their bosses. Shut Down Days for Outside Activities: Or. Have a host. Dunk the Bosses: Rent a dunking booth for an afternoon and 84. There would be activities for all the adults to engage in to make them feel like kids again. or have a catered picnic in a park. Better yet. For some great ideas on setting this up. but know that it’s a great morale builder.
irritable co-worker. recharged and less moody. Toys for Desks: Every desk needs at least a couple of fun toys to play with during a tense moment. You could begin experimenting.your own happiness list. wind-up toys -. Cooking Contests: A great team project . 87.” Good luck!! Pets really help us to relax. team concocts a snack or meal to share with others. and Friday’s could be “safari day. You will find yourself becoming relaxed and calmer in the silence. it’s a good 91. while on the phone. division turn off their computers and play a game that everyone can get involved in playing. nerf balls and baskets. with an irate customer or “just because. Buddy System: Assign everyone a humor buddy that you can go to when you need a laugh or a chance to look at something in a more lighthearted way. Siesta Times: A 15 to 20 minute nap on the job makes people more energetic.” Good desk toys include: koosh balls.anything to give you a “laugh break “ or tension break. long massage tables or sleeping bags. 88. Some companies are already TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES 93. impose a vow of silence and allow yourself to be quiet with everyone else. way to lighten the mood. relax. Wednesday be bird days. Pet Days: Bring your pets to work. No Talking Hour: For one hour. Thursday be fish days. 92. Set up a small room filled with soft. Tuesday be cat days. You can even talk to your plants without fear of them talking back. 89. Turn off the Computer: For 20 minutes have a department or 90. allowing this everyday.each week a different Page 15 . Nurture Your Plants: When you care for your plants. It could include things that make you laugh but need not be limited to that. It’s a lot better than dealing with a tired. slinky’s. with some relaxing music and let them have a little peaceful nap. 94. Let Monday’s be dog days.
be shaky. Twister or Knots: Play these human puzzle games with your team. Spontaneous “Shoots”: Bring your Polaroid or digital camera to 100. 105. Water Balloon Fights: You might want to do this one outside excellent stress reduction experience.Create “Ally McBeal” Co-ed Bathrooms: Try it for a day . Beat the “Dead Horse”: Have a toy horse doll which can be used Page 16 . Kindergarten Day: Have a show and tell session during the day where you bring something you want to show your co-workers. 99.95.” They can walk inside or out. Use it anytime someone starts to beat a “dead horse” issue by passing it to them. but you must act out whatever it is you’re trying to express. You could even have someone do sound effects. fearful and act out their stress response. Everyone will laugh. but as in exaggerate” their stress. They can jump up and down. as the “dead horse”. 97. You’ll discover some wonderful fun things about your co-workers. Take 5 minutes to be silent. Murder Mystery: Someone sets up a scenario of a presumed crime. “Stress-out” Exaggeration Day: An opportunity for people to “blow up . STRESS STOMPERS 102. Have fun killing them off. Have one person blindfolded and another person leading that person on a “walkabout. Blind Trust Walk: This is great for developing trust in teams. Add texture by having the person touch certain items along the way. work and take spontaneous pictures of your teammates.not as in firearms. will make for some great stories later on. Sacred Cow Hour: Take all of your so called “sacred cows” and slaughter them in a room designated for it. 104. 96.it 101. 98. Teams work together to solve the mystery. especially when they’re snoozing in a meeting. Silent Tension: Great for team building. 103.
Newscaster: Express your upsets as the 10:00 news headline 108. 107. story. put on a twistee and toss the bags. etc.106. they have to wear kids Band-Aids – neon ones. Have peers play the parts with you and play out the scenario the way the TV cast would. on a court outside. Their stress goes with the bag. or come dressed in your favorite hobby garb. Relay Races in the Hallways: These are great tension-breakers 112. who can walk fastest with their foot in a trash can while holding their office chair. etc. weather report. 110. the traffic.you can do “funny walks”. of the break room or the rotunda of the building for inside play or if more practical. . this is great for building teams and releasing creative thought. Stress Trash Collection: At 4:00. their employees with huge garbage bags. Page 17 . This game helps you highlight the absurdity of your upset. have managers go around to 109. It’s a chance to know another side of your co-workers and what interests them. or Star Wars Day. Don’t hold back. Distribute Funny Band-Aids for Injuries: Whenever someone is injured. How TV Shows Can Help Your Work Day: Pick out your favorite sitcom and plug your stressful situation into it. etc. and your dog. Theme Days: You can have film “noir” day. Basketball: Place a regulation-size basketball hoop in the middle JUST PLAIN FUN IDEAS 113. market report. let it all hang out and then after 15 minutes let it all go and take responsibility. In addition to stomping stress. 111. etc. Blame the President. inviting employees to “trash their stress” into the bags. ones with dinosaurs. 60’s Day. sporting report. fashion report. Then. Include an on-the-scene report. office chair rolling races. Get others to play with you by taking on the various roles of the newscast. Play the Blame Game: For 15 minutes you get to blame everybody and everything that hasn’t gone right for you at work.
finger-painting. Aid” the Problem: In addition to this being fun. simple and direct. it’s a commentary to the person receiving it. Personalize New Equipment: Create some humor for all the equipment that you work with. Create a time of day when everyone walks down the hall in a silly way. Internet Bookmarks: Bookmark all the funny sites you’ve found on the Internet so you can take a humor break whenever you feel like it. Silly Walks: On the old Monty Python shows. 116. Bring Your Toddler to Work Day: Everyone enjoys seeing 119. etc. Joke Books: Have joke books around to refer to when you need a 124. 118. Have a Big Band-Aid to Pass out for People Who “Band- 123. or politics. 121. Bizarre Recipe Days: Once a quarter. Watching them interact with their babies is really special. They can follow through with preparation if they want. silly walks. Have Fun Classes Available: Offer classes in face painting. Page 18 . props. or cartoons on them. printer. 122. most bizarre recipe and have them swap with someone else. clowning. You can give them pet names or put your favorite toys. or something similar. we saw a variety of 115. Character Day: Come as your favorite character from a movie. (Similar to Theme Day) 117. A great way to give “feedback” in a lighthearted way. have people bring in their 120. people differently than in their typical work role. chuckle. copier. Hire Kids as Consultants: Talk to kids about how to solve some of your issues at work. One-Minute Parades: Have the staff dress in their tackiest best and parade through the offices. like your computer. TV show. You’ll be surprised at the solutions they come up with – practical. Then vote on the winners. Award prizes for best characters.114. cartoon.
Play Darts: Set up dartboards (the Nerf kind) on various doors or walls throughout the workplace. whistling your favorite tunes. Make Up Your Own First Aid Humor Kit: Fill it with cartoons. Candid Camera Day: Pretend you’re Allen Funt (yes we know he’s dead) and spend one day videotaping people doing funny things around the workplace. Let people shoot the Nerf darts as they pass by. 130. fold it up and stick it in your underwear. Then schedule five-minute humor breaks twice a day. maybe double ropes and jump in. Whistling: Walk down the halls. only you will know it’s there and will laugh when you think of it. 129. Mismatched Socks Day: Everyone wears two different socks. Hopscotch: Set up a hopscotch pattern in the hallway. humorous pictures and fun sayings to keep at your desk. 132. Ceiling Hole Count: If you have those tiles on your ceiling that are full of holes. Have the entire workplace do it one day and everyone can be curious about each other’s words. All day. learn a magic trick that you can show off to your friends and co-workers. 128. count the number on one tile and compare what you get with the next person. Great stress relief. a small piece of paper. 133. Or. unless it’s the week you’re experimenting with the coed bathroom. Word in Underwear: Think of a favorite word. Women can play jacks instead if they prefer. your least favorite if you prefer. Play Jump Rope in the Hallways: Have two people turn the 127. If anyone is caught being 135. Learn a Magic Trick: Learn a simple feat of prestidigitation – in other words. Have a Positive Day: Throw a “Positive Day” where everyone Page 19 . 134.125. 126. rope. See if you agree. write it down on 136. There can be one in the men’s room and one in the ladies room. must maintain a positive attitude. 131. The loser gets a set of math flashcards to spruce up their counting skills. Play Marbles: Put together a marble game on the tile floor of the bathroom.
at a quick team meeting with snacks. Great for connecting everybody in a funny nonthreatening way. 137. Funniest Potato. and Best Use of Potato as an Art Form. Decorate a Potato Contest: Have each employee issued a potato. Honor the winners with a ribbon and a fresh bag of McDonald's French Fries. Page 20 . with general instructions to decorate it however they choose. Once a quarter the money is used to buy pizza or donuts for everyone. Vote for your favorites in 3 categories: Best Potato Pun. 138. The Ugly Sweater Contest: Award three people with the ugliest sweaters. and give it a name.negative they must put a dollar in the Negative Pot.
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