What if the key to positive change and learning at your workplace lies, not in high-tech solutions or advanced collegiate degrees, but in bizarre office rituals?
Before waving this idea off as absurd, continue reading – you might find these unconventional practices just quirky enough to work!
The Growthmentor team share their creative ideas that can have the power to change the way workplaces do their 9-to-5…
- Morning Motivation HuddleStart your day with a boost by gathering your team in a circle for a quick motivational mantra. It might sound a bit odd, but a study conducted by the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that saying positive affirmations together can make everyone happier at work. Who wouldn’t want that?
- Desk Drumming BreakBeat the afternoon slump by turning your workspace into a makeshift drum set. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that rhythmic activities, even short ones, can improve your mood and help you think better. Grab some pens and let the drumming session begin!
- Fun Fridays Dress CodeWhy limit costumes to Halloween? Declare Fridays as Casual Costume Days. Research proves that dressing up can boost creativity. So, encourage your colleagues to ditch the formal wear and embrace funky outfits. It’s a fun way to spark creativity and bond with your team.
- Walk and Talk MeetingsForget boring conference rooms – take your meetings outside for a stroll. Stanford University says walking can supercharge creative thinking by up to 60%. It’s not just good for ideas; it’s a healthier approach to meetings that keeps everyone moving and engaged.
- Emoji Feedback FunMake giving feedback less of a chore by using emojis. Research from Harvard Business Review suggests that visual feedback is not only effective but also more fun. Create emoji boards to make sharing opinions a breeze and watch as communication and teamwork improve.
For organisations aiming to boost productivity, these peculiar office traditions are worth considering. Embracing new ways of working can mean creating a more positive, dynamic, and enjoyable workplace.
Joanne is the editor for Workplace Wellbeing Professional and has a keen interest in promoting the safety and wellbeing of the global workforce. After earning a bachelor's degree in English literature and media studies, she taught English in China and Vietnam for two years. Before joining Work Well Pro, Joanne worked as a marketing coordinator for luxury property, where her responsibilities included blog writing, photography, and video creation.