Monday Funday is one way in which ExactHire seeks to build and grow a fun work culture. Each month–on a Monday of course–we recognize the workiversaries and birthdays of our team. We also participate in creative competitions that sometimes turn fierce.
We will share recaps of these events via our blog in an effort to spread the word that Monday can be a fun day. But we also want to know how you have FUN at your workplace too. So add that in the comment section below. Our Fun Committee is always looking for ideas!
Gettin’ All (Witch) Crafty In The Office
The holiday season seems to grow longer each year. The end of the season is known–January 1st ends all the fun pretty swiftly. However, the beginning of the season seems to keep creeping up earlier. I mean, really, I saw a local mall display rocking the triumvirate of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on October 1st!
Of course, we can’t just blame the retailers for the holiday jumpstart. At some level, the majority of us must want the holidays to start earlier. The retailers are likely just responding to that need…right?
In any case, this October, the ExactHire team joined in the premature celebration of holidays by hosting a halloween themed Monday Funday…on October 12th.
Ok, so it wasn’t THAT early, but celebrating Halloween 19 days in advance felt a little forced–and the bats and cobwebs, troubling to unaware visitors. Regardless, the coveted Golden Vase (our traveling Monday Funday trophy) was up for grabs again. And any resistance to an early celebration was quickly overcome when the contest was announced: Pumpkin Decorating.
I immediately knew this would not be my month to shine. While I fancy myself creative in some ways; glitter glue, sequins, and craft pens are not my tools of choice. But notwithstanding my lackluster effort, our team produced some pretty impressive pumpkins. And their addition to our office has provided a festive environment for visitors this October.
Tasty Office Treats
Jessica won the competition decisively–the Golden Vase was hers–but everyone enjoyed a special treat for their efforts in the form of candied apple nachos. What are candied apple nachos you ask? Well, it’s a health snack of sorts. Here’s what you’ll need:
(4) green granny smith apples, cored and sliced
10 oz. of caramel squares OR by a tub of it (depending on your health goals).
2 teaspoon water
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed oreos
1/2 cup reese’s pieces
1/2 cup of…well basically anything sweet or salty that makes you smile.
- Unwrap caramels. Place in a saucepan with one teaspoon of water over medium low heat. Stir constantly until caramels are melted. Or heat the tub o’ caramel.
- Drizzle melted caramel over sliced apples. Or pour it on generously.
- Sprinkle with desired toppings. Or let it rain down with toppings.
- Serve with glee.
Another Monday Funday is in the books. We enjoyed the company of one another, flexed creative muscles, supplemented our nutritional needs, and jazzed up the office for Round 1 of the holiday season.
Next up: A Thanksgiving feast…and another chance to claim the Golden Vase.