I cannot write this post without giving credit to the history of office fun at Lifeway Kids. Plenty have come before me to create a “make it fun” culture. One way my cube mate, Ellie Doom, and I try to “make it fun” is by posting a Joke of the Day. If you are ever on Twitter or Instagram check out #ckjokeoftheday to find some great jokes. We will post them on our social media every once and a while. However, this daily activity is primarily for our coworkers.
We give everyone at Lifeway Kids an opportunity to guess the joke and we reveal the winner at 3 pm central standard time. The guesses can be found on a whiteboard on our office cubes. The winner walks away with candy. It is really simple, but we are consistent. We see value in our office spending a few moments of their day laughing and working together to figure out the daily joke. We can build a better community by enjoying fun together.
The joke is a means to facilitate fun. There is nothing magic or ingenious about the joke of the day. There are many ways you can enjoy fun in your work culture and it does not matter what you do. However, it is necessary you take initiative to make fun a part of how your organization operates. At CentriKid Camp we make fun who we are with kid friendly programming. However, beyond that we try to make every mundane or arduous task our staff is asked to complete full of excitement. Whenever we make name tags before campers arrive we have a name tag party and blast music while we work together. Loading and unloading our trucks throughout the summer is no easy task, but we compete with ourselves to race our best load in and load out times.
What can your organization do to make fun a part of your culture? Also, can you figure out today’s joke?
Why didn’t the shrimp share his treasure? Comment with your guesses.