We posed that question to our readers, and you responded. A few of your morale-boosting answers:
“We had a department-wide contest to see which team could build the best race car out of office supplies in two weeks. Then we held the double-elimination drag races in our conference room. We called it the ‘Staples Stock Car Shoot Out.’ There was lots of laughter from participants and spectators. Everybody is looking forward to next year’s race.” — Misty Gray, Administrative Assistant, Round Rock, Texas
“We’ve shown movies and served popcorn during lunch hour. Employees bring a lunch or just let the popcorn be their lunch. We show movies two hours or less in length and use lunch hours on two consecutive days, showing half the movie on each day. We have a classroom which becomes our movie theater, and we try to choose a movie that both men and women will enjoy … nothing heavy or serious.” — Judy Waters, Executive Assistant to CEO, Institute for Supply Inc., Tempe, Ariz.
“Recently, our owner and CFO purchased a Wii for the office. They believed this would help concentration levels (taking a break from the computer, phones, paperwork, etc.) and also make everyone get up and move around instead of being so sedentary during the day.
“The games we play are bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing and golf. Playing doubles in tennis—four people jumping around in our conference room with little controllers in hand—is quite a sight.
“Each day, we also take the ‘Fitness Test’ which, when finished, will show an age score. We have contests to see who improves their age each day and how ‘young’ we can get! And we do get our work done, on time.” — Susan Hopkins, Executive Assistant, MTB Management Inc., Missoula, Mont.