September 30, 2013
~ by Jennifer Martell & Katie Favreau, Global-Z Co-Morale Officers
It seems that Fall has snuck up on us here at Global-Z. I can’t say I am happy about it as the season implies that Winter will be here shortly and last for the next 3 to 18 months or so. However, I do look forward to the brilliant foliage here in lovely Southern Vermont. Our local apple orchard has a great harvest this year and we have been enjoying delicious Macintosh apples, homemade apple crisp, and we’re even thinking about canning some homemade apple sauce. What does all this have to do with Co-Moraleing? Nothing! Get over it.
Over the past few months, we have been up to our usual schemes which typically involve planning birthday cakes, cards, and special little presents for our co-workers. A recent birthday involved my fellow Co-Morale Officer, Katie, preparing an Almond Joy themed birthday cake (which was delicious) along with Almond Joys as a gift. We try to provide themes which match little things we know about the people we work with to make it a little more personal. Sometimes, just going a little bit beyond expectations is all it takes to make someone feel appreciated.
Some of you may recall the unfortunate (or as some of us remember it, hilarious) cubicle toilet-papering incident that occurred when one of our co-workers was away on a business trip. Immediately following that incident we gave fair warning that something similar could happen to anyone else in the company at any time they found themselves away from the company for any reason. And since nobody felt the need to supervise us even after ample suggestions to do so, we were left to our own devices for far too long. Consequently, after patiently waiting for the opportune moment, we were able to desecrate yet another workspace. We managed to fill the floor of another co-workers office with 165-ish balloons that we inflated ourselves (insert hot air joke here…) and then stepped it up a notch by including a “Minute-to-Win-it” type challenge to rid the office of evil balloons. This particular prank was met with smiles all around and maybe some eye-rolling and good-natured head shaking.
In other news, we decided that occasional ice cream is not sufficient for retaining a high level of morale so we initiated the perma-sundae system. This involves keeping the freezer stocked with our favorite ice cream (and occasionally other people’s favorites) and keeping the kitchen stocked with the essentials for mixing up ice cream sundaes whenever the situation warrants it (which is more often than you would think.) We believe this has gone over well, so it should be an ongoing standard part of our every day Moraleing.
In conclusion, with a little bit of hot air, I mean… initiative, you can achieve your workplace frivolity with maybe only a slight bit of light-headedness and an abundance of balloons. A little bit of effort goes a long way, and besides, it is all in the name of fun. Until next time, be creative and always make sure your Moraleing is safe and actually funny to other people and not only yourself.