At Design the Planet we understand that the long-term success of any brand is dependent on the clear minds and healthy bodies of the employees representing it. Good companies know that their employees are their brand and clients perceive them through the interaction and attitude of their employees. At Design the Planet we know that having happy employees increases our sales.
One of my many tasks here at the Planet is to come up with creative ways for our team to interact, have fun and stay healthy. Recently, while searching for some imaginative ideas, I ran across this wonderful article by Andrew Tarvin called “101 Ways to Create Humor at Work”.
Along with take a nap at work and dance in the elevator, here are a few more of my favs:
- Be Hularious: Hold a hula-hoop contest.
- Be Inspired: Start off each day by watching an inspirational video.
- Be a Storyteller: Pick a story from your weekend to share with others.
- Be Happy for 60 Minutes: Organize a happy hour with your co-workers.
- Be Original: Brainstorm your own unique way of bringing humor to work.
Bringing humor into the work place just might be one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your employees. Research shows that happy people are healthier people and laughter creates some mighty powerful brain-altering chemicals. In fact, if you were to buy all the chemicals created by a good laugh they would carry a pretty hefty price tag. And yet you can create these chemicals for yourself and your co-workers at no cost by simply engaging in laughter.
The chemicals produced by laughter have extraordinary positive healing effects on your body and mind. They boost your immune system, improve your outlook on life and diminish symptoms of depression. Researchers have found that your state of mind has everything to do with the functioning of your immune system. By engaging in laughter, you can boost both your mind and your body.
But what if you can’t find anything to laugh about? Here are some ideas I’m working on: I posted a crossword puzzle on the refrigerator. Now when we take a coffee break everyone gathers around to figure out the clues. I’ve implemented spontaneous 15-minute “fun break” at least once a week – our first “fun break” we played a game I created. I call it the “Treasure Hunt Word Search”. Here are the rules:
- Pick out a word that is 10 or more letters.
- Draw the letters on paper and cut them out individually.
- Hide the letters around the office (outside or inside).
- Tell everyone how many letters they have to find.
- Give them 15 minutes to find all the letters and unscramble the Word.
Read my blog post next month to find how Design the Planet continues to make our workplace healthier and happier. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page to see pictures of our latest venture into creative play and health through laughter and, while you’re there, post some of your own ideas for generating laughter at work.
So come on everyone, join in. Find ways everyday to get laughter into your life and work environment, even if it means being a little weird, it will mean a wealth of health.