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10 Ways to Celebrate April Fool’s Day at Work

by Falon
31. March 2014 09:00
Falon

Can you bring April Fool's Day into the office? Why not? Have some harmless fun with your team! Here are our top 10 ideas.

1. Add some salt in the morning coffee grounds 

2. Wrap your co-worker's keyboard or phone with saran wrap 

3. Place a mannequin head in the refrigerator

4. Wear a mask during your morning commute 

5. Bring in an empty box of ice cream treats

6. Bring in props and do an impromptu group photo session

7. Replace all of your co-worker's framed photos with photos of your family

8. Use crepe paper to quarantine a co-worker's cubicle so they can't get in 

9. Put bubble wrap down on the floor just inside the employee entrance 

10. Have the team wear goofy sunglasses or wigs all day long

Have fun! Tell us what you did on Facebook and you could win a prize this week!


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As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Fun at Work Day is January 31, 2014!

by Krista
31. January 2014 09:00
Krista

I know what you're thinking: who has time for such a silly holiday or time to stray from their full agenda? But maybe you should reconsider.

Some of the most successful companies in the U.S. maintain a healthy balance of work and fun. Take Google for example. Google has used the motto "work hard, play hard" to help build its empire. Their Mountain View location has a 7-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink, horseshoe pits, and bocce ball. They also have an on-site bowling alley and billiards tables to make sure that their employees never run out of fun activities. While not all companies have the means to provide Google's lavish amenities, keep in mind that it's their outlook that's the true perk. When interviewed by Mark Crowley of Fast Company, Karen May, VP of people development at Google said "It's less about the aspiration to be number one in the world, and more that we want our employees and future employees to love it here, because that's what's going to make us successful." I don't know about you, but taking advice from one of the most innovative companies in the world isn't the worst thing we could do.

Plus, you don't have to have a Google-sized budget to celebrate Fun at Work Day. Below are 5 low cost ways you can incorporate fun into your workplace.

Ping Pong 1. Ping-Pong (my personal favorite) - Put a ping-pong table in a break room and allow employees to play on lunch or breaks. You could even put on a company-wide Ping-Pong tournament to get everyone involved in the fun!

2. Start meetings on a humorous note - Bring an ice breaker game to your meetings or begin with some team trivia. Not only will this help everyone get to know each other, it will also lighten the mood before it's time to get to business.

3. Create a Humor Bulletin Board - This can be a place for your employees to share funny pictures of their children, ecards, funny facts, or other fun things they found online. When employees need a mental break, they can check out the humor board to put some pep back in their step!

4. Board Games - Place board games in the break room to promote some healthy competition!

5. Food - Everyone has to eat! I don't know about you, but I think food equals fun! Bring in lunch or sponsor a snack day once a month, week, or bi-weekly. It's a simple way to show some employee appreciation!

Love these ideas? Check out our Fun at Work and Positive Culture eBooks for more great ways to make your workplace a fun place to be!

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Krista is the 'ville's Web Marketing Coordinator. She came to us in 2012 as part of our stellar Sales team. Using her experience with Baudville customers, she helps to create an online experience we're sure you will enjoy! Being the chatterbox she is, she truly misses talking with all of you so don't be shy and drop her a line!

4 Free Holiday Downloads for the Home & Office!

by Falon
10. December 2013 15:18
FalonDo you feel like you've been shelling out your credit card a lot lately? Is your holiday budget dwindling by the day? Have no fear! Our top 4 FREE holiday downloads are here to save the holiDAY! All you need is some paper, a color printer, and some scissors! Ready, set, ho ho ho!


1. Fun Holiday Print & Posts for Office Fun!
Sneak these cheeky holiday messages into your co-worker's office, on the bathroom mirror, or at the coffee station for a good laugh!

2. Cute Candy Cane Wrappers for Stress-Free Sweets!
Include a quick note of appreciation or holiday cheer and you've got your afternoon pick-me-up good-and-done!

3. Joyful Gift Tags for Polished Presentation!
Simply print, cut, and sign for memorable gift presentation!

4. Silly Holiday Certificates Bring Light-Hearted Fun!
Print and present these fun holiday-themed awards at your holiday potluck, team meeting, or just because!

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As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Embarrassing Office Moments: The Stuff You Just Can’t Make Up!

by kimberly
20. November 2013 09:00
kimberlyHave you ever had an embarrassing moment at work?

While it may have been a moment of sheer humiliation, now it's something that you and your co-workers are able to laugh about and even share with new team members. It helps build those essential work connections and friendships that are building blocks to having fun at work!

I have to say that I've had my fair share of them, and they always seem to come up in conversation, even years later.

Oh, remember when Kim...

Wore that skirt one day and proceeded to walk from the bathroom to her desk (which is not just down the hall, by the way), with the back tucked in to her underwear?!

Yeah, that was me.

I got back to my desk and sat down, not even feeling any noticeable difference. Come on Kim.

So, a few minutes later, a guy that I work with came over and whispered, "Your skirt is tucked into your underwear." HORRIFIED. RED FACE. SWEATY.

Now, at the time, this guy and I were not close work buddies. But, over the past several years, we've definitely formed a friendship and a mutual trust. And, we always have a great story to laugh about together and with others.

Embrace those embarrassing moments, build friendships, and have fun!

Share your embarrassing moment with us on Facebook, we'd love to hear about it.

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Kimberly is the Baudville Website Manager and star of our online product videos. She applies her knowledge of the web to create the ultimate online experience for Baudville customers.

High 5 for Friday: Hooray for August!

by lauren
9. August 2013 11:00
lauren
It was the first full week of August and I’m high-fiving because it’s my favorite month of the year! August is always filled with things to be excited about! Here are 5 things to high-five about this week! 

1. Lovin’ the Desk Dudes
Last month we showcased over 200 new products in our catalog, and we’re having a blast learning what our customer’s favorite new products are! One of our most popular new items is also my favorite too! It’s our awesome Desk Dudes! We even had a customer send us a picture of her Desk Dude in action, and we love it! 
Desk Dudes
 
2. U.S Coast Guard Day 
U.S. Coast Guard Day was last Sunday, and for my family, it’s an extra special day. My twin brother has been a member of the Coast Guard since 2009, and we’re so proud of him! They do amazing things to protect our country every day, and we owe them some serious gratitude! As with all military branches, the service men and women deserve a “thanks”  everyday, but it’s nice to have a special day dedicated just to them. 
Thank You!
 
3.  Keeping cool 
I mentioned that August is my favorite month of the year, but I’ll admit that even I can get tired of the hot and humid weather that usually come with it. (Even though we’ve been pretty lucky so far!) My trick to beating the heat is to have ice cold water with me at all times, and our new our new Twist Top Tumblers and water bottles are perfect for the job! They are super-stylish and feature lots of bright colors and some of our most popular themes
Water Bottle
 
4. Restaurant Week 
 Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicks off this Sunday and goes through the following week. As a local food enthusiast, I look forward to this event every year. It’s so much fun to taste unique dishes from some of the city’s top chefs and enjoy the downtown atmosphere at its finest! What’s not to love about delicious food specials for an entire week? 
Restaurant Week
 
5. Soak up the sunshine 
In my books, August is the best month to visit the beautiful beaches of West Michigan. We’re so lucky to have Lake Michigan so close, and tons of beautiful beaches to choose from. And our new Value Coolers make trips to the beach even better! They’re the perfect accessory to store beach snacks or a 6-pack of cans in! I know where I’ll be spending my weekends, and I hope all of you get a chance to hit the beaches, too! 
Restaurant Week
 
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Lauren has just arrived at Baudville as the latest Marketing & Communications Intern! She's a fresh college graduate ready to join the wonders of the working world. Lauren plans to put her skills to work and become an accomplished Social Media and SEO wizard!
 

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