Fun at the office doesn’t have to be work

11 Jun

There is always a ton of pressure in an agency to create culture and build a close team. Most of the time these attempts to bring peers together feel forced and are awkward most of the time. The best culture comes about naturally. Having a few strategic events to get things rolling is not a bad thing, but there should be room for team-building to develop its own. An example of this happened in our office this week. It started out with a mousetrap that had been placed behind a colour printer. The bait was replaced with a fake $10 bill. One person in on the joke became two people – both from different departments. The fake $10 bill became a fake $20 bill. The group of two became five, across many departments. The fake bill became many fake bills, now left on the sidewalk below the office. We all watched as people walked past the fake cash. When someone finally noticed and picked it up, they saw the message “You are being watched” on the backside. You could hear the laughter through the whole agency.

Yes, this is very immature, and probably not very legal, but within a few hours everyone was enjoying a good prank together. You can’t force this kind of thing. It brought us together in a way a mandatory team builder just doesn’t do. I am not saying do pranks to tighten up a group – that can go bad right quick. Just give it a chance to happen on its own. It will make the staged team builders a better time in the future if your team have become friends on their own.

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2 Responses to “Fun at the office doesn’t have to be work”

  1. dougbrowncreative June 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    This is a great advertising idea masquerading as a prank. We just need to find the right client!

  2. Shane June 14, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I feel this already was an advertising campaign – targeted to Copeland employees. The message was: Copeland is a fun place to work.

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