How to Find Individual Expression in an Office Environment


Too many people have found that they believe that working in an office to be stuffy and boring. It really does not have to be that way though. In fact, you can make your office experience as good or as bad as you want to make it. There are in fact many different ways you can express yourself and have a little fun, without deterring from the professional image that everyone must maintain throughout the working day. Here are some of the ways you can do that.

Have Snacks Delivered to the Office

Sure, you might have a vending machine in the break room, but is a pack of crackers really going to lighten up your day or mood? Probably not and that is why so many professionals are now looking into having fresh snacks delivered to the employees every single day. Instead of sugary candy bars and plain chips that can be retrieved from standard vending machines, the office snack delivery company can bring in freshly baked goods, yogurts, and even some milk. Of course, those options are just a few of the choices that should be available. You will want to contact the snack delivery company in your area to determine which of their options would suit the desires of your employees the best.

The Use of Emoticons

Believe it or not, the simple use of some emoticons in emails can really lighten up the day. Of course, you might want to refrain from using them for client and customer emails. However, when sending emails to various staff members, the use of emoticons can really brighten someone’s day. At the very least, it is most likely going to show the recipient of the email that you are fun, engaging, and that you care about developing a solid working, yet friendly, relationship with them. Depending on which emoticons are used, you might even be able to put a smile on someone’s face or get them to bust up laughing.

Throw a Food Day Party

This could be something that you will do once a week or once a month and you can advertise this to your employees with with use of food icons on the email invite. The idea is to have the employees bring in a favorite dish of theirs. You can hire a food delivery company to provide the drinks and smaller snacks on that day. You might also want to think about having the delivery company bring fresh fruit for those who are trying to watch their weight or have various diet restrictions due to conditions or allergies.

As for the employees that are going to bring in their favorite dishes, try to ask that they get together to come up with a list of what people are offering to bring. This way, they can organize everything so they can ensure that there will be a great variety of food. After all, you do not want ten different people all bringing potato salad. There would not be much excitement in that. The planning process is fun and the day of unlimited food binging throughout the day will surely bring a smile to the faces of most of your employees, if not all of them.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can lighten up the mood at work. All you have to do now is to decide which suggestions you want to get started with. The sooner you start changing up the daily routine in the office, the happier everyone is going to be. And when everyone is happy, they are more likely to be motivated to be more productive for the company that is treating them so well.