Studies have shown that since the start of the pandemic many have experienced a decline in well-being, which does not come as a surprise! We've all heard the saying, "laughter is the best medicine" and though it may not be a cure for it all, it definitely is an action that decreases sadness and anxiety. If you're still working remotely from home, below are some quick and easy ways to bring laughter and joy to your next virtual team meeting. They're all less than 10 minutes and that's all you need to bring some fun into your workday!
If you know me then you know I love to sing! And who doesn't love a lip-sync competition? This takes some preparation as you want to give your team at least a week's notice that you'll be having a competition for the next team meeting. This will allow them to prepare by showing up with their song, prop, and anything else they might need to steal the show. You will have to limit the time to 30 seconds to 1 minute per participant and spotlight the contestant when they're performing. To do this on Zoom, tap the participant's name and then tap "pin" or "spotlight video." Have your audience score people on accuracy, dramatics, and overall fun. Have fun with it!
Zoom Tic-Tac Toe
You will need to have at least 9 people or more in order to play this game. On Zoom or your meeting platform of choice, have people in your meeting shift into “Gallery mode." Ask everyone, except for nine people, to turn their cameras off. The result should be the remaining nine people in three rows of three. (Essentially, it should look like a Tic Tac Toe board.) Pick two off-camera players as the game players. These two will take turns asking one of the people on-camera to make either an X or an O with their arms. The player who gets a line of three first will win.
If you enjoy the board game Boggle — where players use a random selection of letters to form as many words as possible in under a minute — you will love Voggle (virtual Boggle). There are two rules for this game: 1) people can only use each letter once per word and 2) each word must contain three letters or more. You must have everyone on your team (there is a maximum of 12 people) write one letter on a piece of paper. On the count of three have everyone hold the letters up to the camera. Give people 10 seconds to write down all the letters. Now give people one minute to create as many words as possible. This is a fun game because not only will this get people thinking, but it will have them laughing as well. Bonus for work-related words!
Nowadays companies, mostly in tech and creative industries, have come to realize the value of an office culture that is willing to be more playful. By creating an environment that is fun and relaxed, they hope to increase creativity, productivity, and improve things like employee retention and increase employee morale.
Below are some ways that employers and/or employee engagement managers can try adding to incorporate more play at work:
Sometimes life gets in the way and it can be hard to connect with your partner in a way that strengthens your relationship and create more intimacy. By giving them a simple at-home massage it can be a great way to boost intimacy and help them feel nurtured. And the great part is that you don't need to be a professional - all you need is some good massage oil (our favorite is Madrona House Apothecary Sensual blend which has coconut oil with sandalwood, tobacco, and clove, $25) and use these massage techniques that are quite easy to learn!
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Now that Seattle has fully re-opened and it’s summer, it’s a good time to take advantage of working out outside, and of course indoors too! For most people, working out is a chore, another thing that needs to be checked off their to-do list, and is usually at the bottom of it.
During the summer I switch up my routine from being so regiment to playful. Think of working out as the equivalent to recess for adults! What I love the most about exercising is incorporating simple workout routines throughout my day. For example, when it’s laundry day I’ll do 10 squats in between transferring laundry from the washer to the dryer or when I’m at the office, I’ll do push-ups for every 50 emails I go through in my inbox. It may seem silly, but by incorporating small amounts of movement in between tasks helps alleviate stress and gets that once mundane task crossed off your to-do list! Lastly, don’t forget to drink plenty of water too.