I have a friend who is very skilled at creative play. I always like to see how he translates that skill into the workplace without getting into trouble. He is successful at that most of the time.
His team likes to laugh so they came up with a game that allowed words or phrases to be banned by the team and then use of those words/phrases cost the individual a one dollar fine. The process is pretty simple – individuals present the word/phrase and the team votes. New words are added an others are taken off the list. As he told me the stories the joy was overflowing. I was laughing uncontrollably.
So far, here are a sample of the words that have been banned: brutal, very nice, baby, and whatever.
Any other simple ways to create a little laughter in the workplace?