So, I wanted to write a blog about the funny mugs that my office co-workers drank from during the day, so that I could demonstrate the uniqueness that is us, the ReStockIt employees. You’ve all seen the Halloween parties and Masquerade parties we like to throw, so you know we’re a fun-loving bunch. Tragically, we don’t extend that to our coffee mugs.
So I’ll just talk about the mugs we DO use, and break room ideas! We have a pretty cool break room, for the most part. We have an air hockey table, and TV, along with our puzzle table-it’s a big hit with IT- and we never want for coffee. What would be really awesome would be a snack machine. It wouldn’t necessarily have to have fun, yummy snack goodies that we all know are terrible for us.
There are such things as vending machines that sell fruit, organic chips and other snacks, and that is something that I would love to have in our break room at work! During our once-monthly birthday/anniversary celebrations, we try to have only healthy food to snack on, like yogurt, granola, a veggie tray, and whole grain chips and salsa. Wow, I just made myself really hungry. What can you do to have smart eating choices in your break room?
We all know how to finish that sentence. Even though its been around a long time, most of us equate it with a smirking Jack Nicholson with crazy eyes, and frankly that’s not a look I’m going for. Its been proven that a little bit of “play” during the work day makes for a more productive employee. You get some break away time, take a fifteen minute break and put a puzzle together, or surf the internet for a new pair of shoes (a woman’s way of playing, for the most part). No matter what it is, outside of illegal activities, people need some play.
Even if you love your job, you reach a point where you need a non-work related distraction. Something to clear the mind, turn your focus to something besides the spreadsheet or document that you’ve been staring at for two hours. A lot of companies have a no Internet policy, so you can’t do that, but you can have a desk toy!
For the longest time, I have wanted a desk toy. A mini billiards table, that obnoxious ball clacker thingy, even a zen garden would work! But I keep procrastinating (like I did with my hurricane preparedness kit), and still haven’t bought one. Seeing as though I don’t want the Jack Torrence look of insanity, I decided on Friday to finally look for something, and I came across tons of toys I can use at my desk. Now I just have to choose one…
We have a resident pet here at the office, and frankly, he brightens my day when I pass by him. He’s actually very social, and puts on a show if you stop and say hi. His name is McCrea, and he’s a blue Beta fish, or Siamese fighting fish. So on my visit to McCrea this morning I wondered what other pets take up residence in other offices? We’re an office of pet lovers, and just thoughts of propriety keep us from having a menagerie (that, and motion sensors) here, but it’s NICE having a pet at the office. If only it were possible to bring in my dog, or my cat…but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about maybe a hermit crab. Or a guppy. Although I did settle for a mouse pad…
I used to work for a well-known big box retailer, and we had an “office” cat. She mostly hung out up at the service desk, and for the Saturday morning kids build, we even made her a little apron, which she graciously consented to wear. Her name was Victoria (don’t ask) and she just showed up one day outside of the loading docks, hungry and pitiful looking. We took her in, gave her a place to stay at the phone center, and everyone at the store chipped in cash for her vet visits and food, and on Sunday nights, the only day the store wasn’t staffed 24 hours and the alarms went on, someone would volunteer to take her home for the night. She was well loved, and learned a lot about installing a ceiling fan.
If you happen to work in a pet-loving office, and no one has major allergies to critters (this includes mind-numbing phobias, which means no spiders!) see if you can at least bring in your own darling dog-cat-hamster-spiny jungle squirrel and have a little fun for the day!