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Humor in the Workplace—Brightening
the Breakroom

You can do things to make your breakroom an energizing place
to recharge your batteries.

Can you escape everyday work pressures by visiting your breakroom? Can you relax there and find something to smile about? An effective break room will allow you to break unproductive patterns and negative preoccupation. Let's look at some ways you can enhance the impact of your break room by adding some special touches.

  1. Decorate your break room to enhance its warm and relaxing impact. Can you find a room with a window and a nice view? Comfortable sofas and chairs are important. Add some plants and fresh flowers.

  2. Dedicate a bulletin board for rotating a variety of humorous items.

    • Humorous posters.

    • Favorite jokes and cartoons of staff members.

    • Baby pictures of coworkers.

    • A cartoon caption contest. Post a cartoon without a caption_people drop their suggested captions into the contest box. Award an inexpensive prize, perhaps at a staff meeting.

  3. Have light-hearted reading material_books, magazines, newsletters_to brighten a person's break time.

  4. Open a library of humor resources which people could check out and take back to their office or home to enhance their self-development program.

  5. Provide some toys and games to stimulate creativity and encourage non-competitive play.

  6. Place something unexpected in the room from time to time. Theme decorations, unusual snacks, a goldfish bowl_be creative!

  7. Find a local massage therapist who will drop in for some ten-minute neck and shoulder massages.

  8. Set aside a second break room, if you have the space. Having a place dedicated for quiet time is a good idea_no phone, no TV, no conversation. It provides a retreat for reading and meditation. If you don't have the space, a tape recorder with headphones may help provide a quiet place.

Copyright 2006 by John Kinde



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