The Customer Also Known As Your Co-Worker.

The board game night invitation

If you are not running some one man company, chances are you have co-workers. People you interact with on an almost daily basis, as much as eight or more hours a day. I do not get to see my wife and kids that much. So paying attention to how you interact is important. It is your responsibility that the one next to you have a great time at work. If you get everybody to think that they should strive to make others happy at work, everybody will strive to make you happy at work. It is very easy to forget that you are a social person at work. Almost all humans need to interact with others.

When did you last …
… ask the person next to you if they want coffee, since you are going to get a cup anyhow?
… invite a co-worker home to barbeque?
… comment on the great work of a co-worker?
… make time to teach others stuff you know?
… laugh at work?

I believe it is very important to have fun at work, if you are a co-worker think about what would make someone else’s day better. What if you came to work one morning and the coffee was already served at your desk? Would you like it? Have you ever completed a task you are very satisfied with, and felt annoyed when no one commented it? It might just be one small thing to make the whole lot a difference.

If you are a manager, you should praise and encourage this kind of behavior. It is up to you to allow socializing and fun. If you strangle it, you will strangle productivity. You can do wonders without big fancy kick off or event. The last event I arranged was a board game night; I rented a fitting place, bought snacks and made an invitation. The employees were encouraged to bring games from home, I brought Scrabble and others brought chess, cards, monopoly and more. The arrangement was none alcoholic as a few have stated that they want an arrangement without alcohol for once. I felt it was in place to listen to them. Everybody had great fun. And they got to know each other a little better. The arrangement cost a total of $360 for an evening full of fun for about twenty people. If you have fitting locations you can use for free, and do not live in Norway, you can probably arrange this at a cost for less than $100 for up to 20-25 people. I found out that playing master mind when you are color blind is a one of a kind challenge. When I think about it, it’s time to arrange a new one soon.

Please share with us by commenting what you have done to appreciate others?

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2 Comments on "The Customer Also Known As Your Co-Worker."

  1. Frode Heimen | July 24, 2008 at 5:26 am |

    Ron. At meetings I like to give everybody a post-it note, where they should write: I like you because… And then pass it to the left. 🙂

    Or you can ask if someone have done something that they are proud of lately. That will ease up the mood and meetings are more productive.

  2. Ron Meledandri - Sentra Business Solutions | July 24, 2008 at 1:55 am |

    I have always believed that having fun at work is important. People can have fun and still work hard. Anytime I attend a meeting,(regardless of who is in attendance) I have an objective of making everyone laugh at least two times.

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