Creating a culture of camaraderie in the workplace can be a bit of a challenge, especially with people working remotely and in the office. Here are some fun ideas to try if you’re hoping to add a light layer of fun into your workday that can improve your company culture.
Play the Name Tag Game
The name tag game happens once a week where someone picks a theme for what each person should write on their name tag, from the name of their pets and their favorite sport or comfort food to their favorite holiday and much more. This will give colleagues the opportunity to get to know each other better and celebrate their differences or bond over their similarities. Bonus: this can be done in-person or remotely. If the majority of your colleagues are working from home, schedule a video call in the morning or afternoon where everyone can share their name tags.
Start New Traditions
Starting new traditions can be a great way to get employees involved from the start. Start the process off by sending out a survey where everyone can suggest different ideas and put the best ones into action. Some helpful ideas to get you started could be to have “funny hat” days once a month or third-person Thursdays where everyone speaks in the third person. The best traditions are the ones that are sustainable, so consider opting for the more simple but fun ideas.
Remember to create traditions that you can keep whether in the office or at home so you can get everyone on the team involved.
Share a Meal
While this one may be harder to do remotely, it’s still possible! Schedule a time every few months where coworkers can meet in person or via video conferencing to share a recipe they’ve made and why they love it. This can be a great opportunity to learn more about your colleagues, their cultures, and their interests. This time can also be useful to bond as a team and break up the workday with some light fun. If most of your team is working in person, consider having the meal family-style in the breakroom and have each employee bring in a dish related to a certain theme, like Taco Tuesdays or French Fry Fridays.
Try these tips to add some fun to your office culture!