RecogNation: Employee Recognition Blog | Baudville Visit Baudville.com Visit Baudville.com Shop Baudville Recognition Themes Visit the Baudville Recognition Resource Center Send a free ePraise card! Employee Recognition Blog, RecogNation | Fun at Work

Celebrate Laugh at Work Week with These Five Ideas!

by Allison
2. April 2014 14:00
AllisonI think I've mentioned that I follow this writer named James Altucher. I'd link to him, but I can't trust that I won't land you on a post that has the F-word in it, and, honestly, I don't need that kind of trouble right now. If you want to look him up on your own, that's fine with me, just don't tell anyone I sent you. (He is a pretty insightful guy, he just seems to get his point across better when he adds a little salt to his language.)

 I bring him up, because he wrote an article the other day about laughter. And, he introduced a stat that children laugh 300 times a day, while adults only laugh about 5 times. Statistically speaking. He gave some reasons on why we laugh less, like how we, as adults, are afraid to look stupid, that we have to do things like take the garbage out, and that we consider it socially unacceptable to laugh at farts. True. All true.

As we're at the start of Laugh at Work Week (April 1-7), I got to thinking about how the very nature of having to work for a living is simply not funny. But most of us have to do it, so, really, why not make the best of it? Let's not forget the physical benefits of laughter, as well, which make a great case for taking laughter very seriously.

Maybe you like the idea, but your funny bone needs a little limbering up…? Try these tested and approved ideas for making laughter at work happen.

Thanks for Sharing (no, really). In my group, at any given time, one of us will Laugh at Work Weekbe giggling at our desk over a funny email, or gif, or memory of past foolishness that popped into our heads. Knowing that it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves, we share. And, the next thing you know, we're all laughing. You might consider this too much of a distraction, but, I promise you, these little exchanges really make our days. So, the next time something laugh-worthy lands in your inbox, pass it on!

Own the Right to Remain Ridiculous. As someone who is attracted to bright, bold colors and anything but subtle designs, I occasionally call a Crazy Pants Wednesday. By operating on the ‘strength in numbers' principle, if I can coerce a few of my coworkers to join in, I can get away with wearing something totally off the wall. I know I've achieved maximum outrageousness when our VP looks at me, laughs, and says: Allison, sometimes I need a moment to process your outfits. Hooray!

May the Best Caption Win. With all the activities going on at Baudville, you can believe there's a camera following us most of the time—capturing the good, the bad, and the what the…?! We like to amuse ourselves by printing out our favorite candid shots and adding word balloons to them. We actually have some pretty clever people here, and the captions often end up being better than the photo itself!

Keep it Simple: Just Laugh. If there's any kind of contagion going around the office that can be considered good, it's infectious laughter. One of my co-workers (psst…it's Kendra) has the most smile-inducing laugh I've ever heard. When she laughs, which is pretty often, it always seems to cause a chain reaction. Sometimes we don't even know why we're all laughing, we just are. It's kind of like laughter yoga.

Call in a Consultant. If you really need help celebrating Laugh at Work Week, you can always bring in some experts: children! You know, the ones who have mastered the art of laughing around 300 times a day? One of my co-workers brought his son in for a few minutes today and he had every one of us smiling and laughing within seconds. They know their stuff, for sure!

--------------------------

Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

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!


--------------------------

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!

Frank Goodness It's Friday!

by Allison
21. March 2014 14:38
Allison

It's the second day of Spring, and fresh ideas are sprouting up here at the 'ville. As Baudville's copywriter, I've been tasked with coming up with some new employee recognition messages, so I've been brainstorming and researching all morning. And then, out of nowhere, the "aha!" moment came!

Too bad it was an idea better suited for our evil twin sister company: Badvile. Except, of course, we do not have an evil twin sister company. We only have goodness and sunshine and rainbows here. Really. Shoot. I guess I'm back to the drawing board. But, if I ever did want to go work for the dark side, these would be perfect, huh?

Frank You, for all you do Frankly, I think you're awesome Frankly, You're the Best
Frank you, for all you do! Frankly my dear, I think you're awesome! Can I be Frank? Really, you're the best!

 

Franks for having a laugh with us! Happy Friday!

 

--------------------------

Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

Office-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

by Krista
13. March 2014 13:53
Krista

St. Patrick's Day is a day meant for celebrating Irish heritage. Even if you aren't Irish, why not use it as an excuse to hold a little office celebration? Below are some ways you can celebrate St. Patrick 's Day at the office!

Host a pot luck (pun intended)!

HR will, most likely, not allow for green beer to be a part of your office pot luck, but we do have many HR-friendly pot luck ideas on our Pinterest page! Have everyone bring their favorite green treat to share. You can even hold a contest to see whose green treat reigns supreme!

Pot Luck Ideas

Shop green for your team!

Baudville has many green products that would be perfect to give to your team. After all, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year, so I am sure a little green would be the perfect cure for the Monday blues!

Goofy Guy Note Cube

Send an ePraise!

Send your co-workers a little luck with our free ePraise! Include a short note about how you are lucky to have them as a part of your team!

ePraise

Whether you are Irish or not, enjoy the day! But at the very least, don't forget to wear green!

--------------------------

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 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!

Employee Appreciation Day 2014: The Amazing Race

by Krista
10. March 2014 10:53
Krista

We don’t really need a particular reason to recognize our employees here at Baudville, but having an entire day dedicated to employee recognition is right up our alley!

I have been a part of a few Employee Appreciation Day celebrations and I must say, Baudville really outdid themselves with this one! From start to finish, the day was full of awesome surprises and events!

When I arrived at my desk with heavy eyes, still trying to wake myself of up to get into work mode, I was excited to find a pick-me-up at my desk! Baudville gave each of us a Coffee Lover’s Gift Set: just what the doctor ordered! We also had a pack of Cool Mints (to kick the coffee breath) and a card with a handwritten note from our managers, which was my favorite part.

Soon after, we had an email from a member of our executive team with another fun surprise! Every hour, on the hour, there would be a drawing to give away a prize. The prizes consisted of Starbucks, restaurant, and movie theater gift cards, PTO, lunch on Baudville, and our own logo wear.

Then it was time to start the Amazing Race. Being an extremely competitive person, I was really excited for this part. We were split into teams and given a respective team color, name, and time slot for us to complete five different games. The games were: Flipping Ama-Zing, Way to Use Your Zinger, Team Toss-Zing, Search-Zing for…, and Brain Tea-Zing. Rather than trying to explain them all, I will document with pictures. Some of the games just can’t be explained with words!

 

Employee Appreciation Day 2014

 

After racing around, we worked up quite an appetite. Lucky for us, Baudville had Moe’s Southwest Grill catered in for us! It was delicious, and I think I am speaking for many of us when I say that it put us in a food coma. Good thing for that second pack of Via® in my Coffee Lover’s Gift set!

The winners of the Amazing Race were announced before days end. My team was not one of the winners, but the victors each won a casual day and a gift certificate—lucky ducks!

What an ama-zing day! Thank you to Baudville for making the day special and showing us that we are all truly appreciated!


--------------------------

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 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!

Sign Up for Emails From Baudville!


FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Follow Us on Twitter

FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST

Follow Me on Pinterest
Get gift and event ideas, plus see all our favorite products on Pinterest!

Tag cloud