Billed as an opportunity to “dress up silly, partake in office-based mischief, or just crank the music up loud while you work,” National Fun at Work Day is a real thing.
No one seems to know who created it. Congress hasn’t voted on it. And technically speaking, it’s not an official holiday. But every year, offices across the country celebrate this holiday on the last Friday of January.
What Is the Point of National Fun at Work Day?
Work doesn’t have to be drudgery. But it often feels that way. Even if you love your job, it’s a pain to:
- Wake up early every morning
- Commute to the office during rush hour
- Meet tight deadlines and quotas
- Drive back home (also during rush hour)
Designating a single day to replace work with fun is a simple way to boost employee morale. You probably won’t see any productivity increases on National Fun at Work Day. But you’ll likely see a noticeable boost in the days or weeks that follow. This is because happier employees work harder.
It’s true. According to some experts, offering “perks” is a proven way to increase overall job satisfaction, whether we’re talking about:
- Flextime scheduling
- Casual Fridays
These are all tiny investments that end up producing noticeable (and profitable) results. Although the psychological effects of National Fun at Work Day haven’t been studied closely, this yearly celebration falls right in line with the above-mentioned perks.
How Does One Celebrate National Fun at Work Day?
There are many different ways to celebrate this unofficial holiday. Below are some of the more popular ideas from previous years.
1. Drop the Dress Code
If your staff has to wear certain uniforms or formal attire, consider removing this requirement for National Fun at Work Day. Better still, you can encourage your teams to dress up in ridiculous costumes. Just make sure you don’t have any important meetings scheduled for Jan. 26.
2. Bring in a Caterer
If you have the budget, you can splurge on a catered lunch for your staff. This is best planned in advance since other offices will have the same idea. If your budget doesn’t have much wiggle room, consider doing a potluck instead.
3. Binge-Watch Office Shows
From “Workaholics” to “Parks and Recreation” to “The Office,” there are a ton of hilarious office-themed shows and movies you can binge-watch with your team. National Fun at Work Day is the perfect time to do it.
4. Competitive Games
Nothing builds team cohesion better than a little friendly competition. So, for this year’s National Fun at Work Day:
- Break out some board games
- Organize a scavenger hunt
- Host an office-wide raffle
- Play party games such as charades
The list is truly endless.
5. Bring in a Master of Ceremonies
The right disc jockey can transform a dull gray office into a daytime disco. You might also get some mileage from magicians or other entertainers.
But if you really want to wow the crowd, nothing beats puppies. They are the ultimate emcees. And a growing number of cities across the country now offer “rentable” puppies for corporate events. It sounds unbelievable. But like National Fun at Work Day, renting puppies is a real thing. Just be sure to lock down your reservation ASAP.
And remember – have fun and don’t work too hard.